Researcher II (Pollinating Insect Collection Specialist)
Department of Plant Biology
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Description of Position: The Department of Plant Biology in the College of Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale announces an opening the position of Researcher II, Pollinating Insect Collection Specialist in the department. This position is a one-year, full-time, term, A/P position working in a lab conducting a regional pollinator inventory and biodiversity research.

Responsibilities: The researcher II will assist with directing and conducting the curation of a collection of pollinating insects and their associated plants. Specific duties will include pinning/labeling of insect specimens; preparation of herbarium specimens; database management; data summarization; report development; taxonomic sorting/identification of insects and plants (training included); managing/ordering supplies; and assisting graduate students with supervision and training of undergraduate student workers. Additional spring and summer duties will include field collection of insects and plants at various field sites throughout Southern Illinois. The ability to pay attention to accuracy and detail is an integral part of this position, as well as, work independently as an effective research team member. This position requires working in extreme environmental conditions, including outdoors in hot, humid summers.

The Researcher II is responsible for performing the duties of this position in a manner consistent with University policies and plans, as well as applicable State laws.

Minimum Qualifications: M.S. degree, or B.S. plus equivalent experience, in a life science-related field. A minimum of two years of experience in biological research and data management is also required. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. The candidate must have experience using Access databases, computer spreadsheets, and word processing software. Successful candidate will have lab and field research experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in natural history collections. Insect identifications skills (particularly of bee, fly, or lepidopteran taxa) and knowledge of regional flora is preferred.

Applications Deadline: December 5, 2017, or until filled.

Applications Procedure: Cover letter, CV, and names of at least three professional references should be sent to:

Dr. Sedonia Sipes, Plant Biology Researcher II Search
Plant Biology, Mail Code 6509
LS II Room 473
SIU Carbondale
1245 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of 
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed 
and encouraged and will receive consideration.