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Research Agronomist

About this Job:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves over 8,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: January 1, 2020

RESPONSIBILITIES:  We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on a multi-institutional research project related to the development of a winter annual oilseed crop for 5 years.  The researcher will work to improve winter annual production through variety development and testing, nitrogen uptake and use efficiency, crop rotations, and production guidelines.  The candidate will be expected to design, execute, and tabulate field and greenhouse research projects; including the daily maintenance of all plots.  Research projects may involve experiments located at the WIU farms, leased properties, greenhouse, and cooperating farms.  Other responsibilities include: preparing manuscripts for publication,  assisting in experimental plot design and statistical analysis,  supervising student workers,  preparing materials for program website, making presentations at field days, professional conferences, to media outlets, and other program functions,

RANK & SALARY: $35K-$38K, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/.



M.S. in plant genetics and breeding, plant physiology, or closely related disciplines
at least 2-3 years of experience in field research
strong understanding of agronomic principles, plant breeding, and crop commercialization
excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work independently, initiate and complete research projects
strong publication record demonstrating expertise in both laboratory and field experiments
excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively develop strong internal and external working relationships with diverse groups
Must maintain valid Illinois driver’s license and pesticide applicators license
Ability to drive plot combine, tractors, trucks with trailers
Mechanical aptitude to effectively operate research equipment
the ability to work outdoors, physical lifting, and work in varying ergonomic environments.


Ph.D. in in plant genetics and breeding, plant physiology, or closely related disciplines
at least 2-3 years of experience in the variety development and multi-state variety trials
Experience in field plant breeding of oil seeds, nitrogen uptake, and analytical laboratory skills
Understanding of HTML programing, website development, and maintenance

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be “in hand” at the time of application.

2-3 years
How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE!.

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