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  • Inventory Assistant (Undergraduate Hourly)

  • Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Technical

    ISTC is seeking to fill one or more Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Technical positions to collaborate with businesses, manufacturing and industrial entities, as well as municipal agencies, colleges and universities throughout Illinois to provide technical assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to improve efficiency associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, and energy utilization.  The positions may be located in Champaign or Oak Brook, Illinois. 

  • Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Laboratory/QA Accreditation


    The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.   Learn more at

  • Graduate Research Assistant - Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

  • Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions Research

    INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions Research associate to carry out activities essential to the Human Dimensions Research Program through the development of research plans and execution of research, including collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.


  • Director/Principal Research Scientist - Illinois State Archaeological Survey

  • Assistant Scientist, Coastal Outreach & Engagement

    ISTC is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Coastal Outreach & Engagement to provide technical expertise and leadership to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program (CMP) on key areas of work including community capacity building, habitat conservation, education, and recreation/tourism.  This position is based in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Fisheries Technician-Illinois-Lake Michigan Biological Station

    The primary role of the fisheries technician is to conduct basic and applied research in the area of aquatic ecology. This position is based at the Illinois-Lake Michigan Biological Station.

  • M.S or Ph.D Graduate Research Assistant

  • Visiting Scientific Specialist, Environmental Assessments Researcher

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate--SAVANT

     Measure and analyze stable atmospheric variability and transport (SAVANT), including cold drainage and converge flow processes in shallow gullies and how the flows affect pollutant dispersion. 

  • Hourly Assistant (Editorial)

  • Graduate Research Assistant: Amphibian Ecology and Conservation

    Dr. Michael Dreslik (Illinois Natural History Survey) and Dr. John Crawford (National Great Rivers Research and Education Center) are seeking a graduate student to pursue a Master of Science with the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). This is a funded project that will investigate the population ecology and demography of Jefferson-complex (Ambystoma jeffersonianum and A. platineum) and blue-spotted salamanders (A. laterale) in Illinois.

  • Undergraduate Hourly Lab Assistant (up to 2 positions)

    Seeking up to 2 U of I undergraduate students to assist with glassware cleaning and laboratory housekeeping, sample processing and preparation for experiments, and performing physical and chemical testing of manure samples. 

  • Entomology Lab Technician (Hourly Assistant)

    The lab assistant will conduct laboratory tasks including washing, pinning, labeling, and identification of insect specimens in support of research project on pollinators in prairie restorations. 

  • Assistants of SAVANT field experiments (up to 3)

  • Engineer-Graduate Student Hourly

    The Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program is seeking a graduate student to conduct and/or review hydrologic and hydraulic studies, communicate results, and assist with the preparation of technical reports.