University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE)

Two (2) Field Research Technicians

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of 
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks 2 full time research technicians. This is a 
12-month, non-tenure-track Academic Professional position. These positions will 
conduct field work and laboratory experiments; analyze soil, gas and water 
samples; support lab activities as part of a Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions in 
Carbon and Nitrogen Biogeochemistry project.

Support field and laboratory research activities led by a postdoctoral research 
associate and a graduate student focusing on nitrogen biogeochemistry. Major 
responsibilities in the field include the following: sampling soil pore water 
and trace gas fluxes, and collecting soils for laboratory experiments. Research 
sites are located in Florida, Iowa and other areas in the eastern U.S. so this 
will require frequent travel for short sampling campaigns. Major 
responsibilities in the laboratory include the following: analyzing soil, gas, 
and water samples; conducting stable isotope tracer experiments and laboratory 
assays for nitrogen cycling processes ; supervising undergraduate students 
assisting with this project, including training and assigning work and tracking 
work performance and deliverables; and assisting with data compilation, data 
analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Required qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, 
chemistry, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be 
considered/accepted depending on depth and breadth of experience and skills as 
related to this position. Research experience in the laboratory and in the 
field related to biogeochemistry (e.g., trace gas flux measurements, soil 
sampling, wet chemistry, gas chromatography). Basic computer skills (MS Word, 
Excel). A valid driver's license and ability to travel to research sites in 
Florida, Iowa, and other locations in the eastern U.S. for short sampling 

Preferred qualifications: Experience running analytical instrumentation for 
soil, water and gas samples (i.e., SmartChem discrete autoanalyzer, gas 
chromatograph, isotope ratio mass spectrometer). Experience with laboratory 
assays for soil nitrogen cycling processes. Previous supervisory experience. 
Ability to work in a large collaborative team environment. Ability to work long 
days in the field under hot and humid conditions. Strong organizational skills.
Environmental Demands: Fieldwork including working in adverse weather and field 

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Start date: as soon as possible

Applications must be received by January 29, 2019. To apply, all candidates 
must submit an online profile through by the close of 
the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details 
qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of 
three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for 
your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact: Erica Hanson, HR Associate, at

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employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are 
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