Associate Quantitative Ecologist
Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)
Prairie Research Institute (PRI)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project description: INHS is seeking one individual to conduct research 
related to optimal decision making for restoration objectives for 
imperiled freshwater mussels of Illinois by developing statistical 
models of ecological systems and apply computational methods to solve 
conservation problems. This position will be located in Champaign, 
Job description: Use Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN) or other decision 
webs, in which decisions are dynamic and outcomes are uncertain.  Assist 
with building a BBN using existing data sets, professional opinion, and 
newly collected data to guide and inform future steps in the recovery 
process of freshwater mussels.  Some travel and field work is 
anticipated, with occasional overnight stays.  Interact regularly with 
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in Springfield, IL 
and Charleston, IL.  Under the direction and approval of the Survey 
Director and/or university official, may participate in outreach 
activities to benefit the mission and visibility of the Illinois Natural 
History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, and University of Illinois.  
As time and the contract(s) permits to buy out contract service, may 
seek and carry out independent research; apply for and obtain extramural 
funding; report findings in scientific journals and at professional 
meetings; provide technical information in area of expertise; make 
presentations to service, nature or science groups, schools, or other 
public meetings; and serve professional and scientific societies in such 
duties as reviewing or editing papers, moderating panels, and serving as 
a committee member or officer.
Qualifications - Required:
Master’s degree in ecology, natural resource management, biometrics, 
fisheries biology, conservation, or a related field.
Biostatistical background. Experience with program Netica or similar 
decision network program.
Ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders and agency personnel, 
as well as supervising hourly technicians.
Valid driver’s license
Ability to swim.
Qualifications – Preferred:
PhD in ecology, natural resource management, biometrics, fisheries 
biology, conservation, or a related field.
The capability to assist with management of large data sets, experience 
with GIS, and habitat assessment knowledge.
Excellent communication skills and experience presenting at scientific 
meetings, along with a proven publication record. Field experience with 
aquatic systems, snorkeling, and SCUBA experience.
Salary: $38,000 - $42,000 per year commensurate with experience and 
education.  This is a regular, academic professional, full-time, grant 
supported 12-month position.  The start date is somewhat flexible; 
anticipated to be somewhere between October 16, 2016, and November 1, 
Benefits: Generous vacation and sick leave.  State Universities 
Retirement System.  Group health, dental, vision and life insurances.
Applications must be received by September 30, 2016.  To apply, all 
candidates must submit an online profile through  Qualified candidates must upload a letter 
detailing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, e-mail address, 
and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three 
professional references.  All requested information must be submitted 
for your application to be considered.  For further information please 
contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources Associate, Illinois Natural 
History Survey, 217-333-6897 or  For technical 
questions regarding this position, please contact: Alison Stodola, 
Search Committee Chair,
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all 
job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants 
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, 
religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender 
identity, age, status as a protected veteran,  status as a qualified 
individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois 
welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas 
who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. 
Organization Name:
Illinois Natural History Survey
College Name or Administrative Unit:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
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Associate Quantitative Ecologist - Illinois Natural History Survey 
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