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The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) and its five constituent surveys—the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and Illinois State Water Survey—serve the state of Illinois by providing rigorous, objective scientific research, data, and expertise to help understand, manage, and protect our essential natural resources. With around 600 full-time staff, PRI is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Illinois.

PRI is based in Urbana-Champaign, a diverse, affordable, micro-urban community. Learn more about Urbana-Champaign

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climatology - Prairie Research Institute

    The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Climatology to conduct climate analyses in support of several efforts in the Climate and Atmospheric Science Section of the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), and start to grow a personal research program joining an interdisciplinary community of researchers and graduate students. Funding for the position is available for multiple years pending successful performance.

  • Bat Survey Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking 2 field technicians to assist with the 2023 summer field sampling for the Illinois Bat Conservation Program (IBCP), mostly for acoustic surveys, but with opportunities to assist with mist netting as well. 

  • Illinois Water Resources Center—Undergraduate Hourly: Student Assistant

    The Prairie Research Institute and the Illinois Water Resources Center, a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Illinois, is seeking several motivated, resourceful, and tech-savvy undergraduate students to join our team.

  • Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Engineering - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is seeking to hire a Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Engineering (up to 4, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to perform laboratory research and operations and participate in technology development in ongoing projects pertinent to carbon management, waste management, or other relevant clean energy and resource utilization topics.  Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Visiting Scientific Specialist, Environmental Assessments Researcher - Illinois State Geological Survey

    The Illinois State Geological Survey is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Environmental Assessments Researcher (up to five depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to perform sponsored research on environmental assessments. The assessments will involve evaluating potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure improvement projects. IDOT’s infrastructure projects range in size and can involve anything from a single property to hundreds of properties across many miles of existing or future highways.  IDOT uses the assessments completed by ISGS to assess each project’s needs, plan the agency’s short-term and long-term needs, assist in land acquisition decisions, and promote awareness of natural and man-made hazards that may affect the project and its construction.  This is a hybrid position based in Savoy, Illinois.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate (up to 2 depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to participate in and conduct technology research and development in ongoing projects pertinent to carbon management, waste management, or other relevant clean energy and resource utilization topics. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Graduate Research Assistantships - Illinois Natural History Survey

    The Illinois Natural History Survey (a division of the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is seeking two Graduate Research Assistants to conduct research in aquatic ecology, invasion biology, or recreational fisheries management. Specifically, we seek an MS RA for a project on the behavioral ecology of the invasive Black Carp, including an experimental assessment of the flow preferences and predatory impacts of juvenile Black Carp. Secondly, we are seeking an MS or Ph.D. RA to conduct research on habitat enhancement of urban recreational fisheries.  

  • Director, Energy and Minerals Group (Principal Research Scientist, Geology) - Illinois State Geological Survey

    The Illinois State Geological Survey is seeking to hire a Director, Energy and Minerals Group (Principal Research Scientist, Geology) to provide leadership, clear scientific vision, and direction to the sub-disciplines and staff members who comprise the Energy and Minerals Group; encourage multidisciplinary project-based research related to energy,  geologic storage (e.g., carbon dioxide, hydrogen, natural gas, geothermal, and compressed air), and mineral resource development; facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork throughout the Survey, PRI, and with other components of the University, as well as state and federal government and with industry collaborators; and implement and administer research and service programs of the Survey. Coordinate and promote funding opportunities to facilitate innovative project-based research for the Energy and Minerals Group throughout the Survey and PRI.  Establish clear metrics for a diverse and inclusive workforce with a focus on transformative energy and minerals research. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

  • Radio, Hardware & Data Engineering with Radio Network for Environmental Monitoring

  • Hourly Research Assistant - Sediment Laboratory, Illinois State Water Survey

    Assist the ISWS Sediment Laboratory Analyst by performing various duties as needed: prepare samples for analysis, prepare supplies and material for analytical methods, washing bottles/caps, taring bottles/glass filters, data entry, and general laboratory upkeep.

  • Student Hourly (Multidisciplinary) Research - Illinois State Water Survey, PRI

    Water Supply Hydrology research programs seeking student hourly research assistant to help with preparing digitally available GIS data and analyzing streamflow statistics regionalization at the Illinois State Water Survey.