INHS is seeking Undergraduate Students to work on research projects related to the ecology, behavior, and management of corn and soybean insect pests (principally western corn rootworm beetles/larvae) in corn, soybean, or other crops. This duties of this position will involve 1) near daily outdoor on-campus field research and laboratory work (e.g. field insect collection, sorting, and/or use of dissecting microscope, establishing research plots), 2) field, greenhouse and laboratory care/handling/bioassays of western corn rootworm beetles and other insects harmless to humans, 3) travel to local field sites in UI fleet vehicles, 4) assistance with corn root digging to evaluate insect injury, 5) periodic Illinois travel to sample insects at outlying on-farm study sites, 6) interactions with other UI field crop insect program scientists and graduate students. Some weekend work may be possible. Position is located at the Forbes Natural History Building in Champaign, IL.
Valid Driver's License, ability to work out-of-doors, punctual habits, availability to work throughout the employment period, no allergy to corn, must enjoy working as part of a busy team. Must be available during business hours M-F. Familiarity with field crops/farming, as well as interest in insect ecology/behavior, and/or aerial drone pilot license are a bonus. Curiosity, organization and thoughtfulness are desirable.
Salary: $15.00 per hour, depending on experience
Available: May 31, 2023 – August 17, 2023 (with opportunity to extend summer employment – with reduced hours – through August 31, 2023).
To Apply: Email short resume (“.doc”, “docx” or PDF) with work experience summary and the contact information of two references to Dr. Joseph Spencer (email@example.com). Application material will be reviewed upon submission. In person or virtual applicant review (via Skype, Zoom, etc.,) to begin immediately or by appointment.
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