Bee Research Technician at UIUC closes 2/10

Applications DUE February 10, 2020

The Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Research Specialist in the lab of Dr. Alexandra Harmon-Threatt. Her lab has a broad interest in understanding the patterns and processes that govern plant-pollinator interactions for conservation. Their work focuses on identifying and understanding patterns in natural environments to help conserve and restore pollinator diversity. The primary function for this position is to conduct field and laboratory experiments on projects examining the roles of soil contamination, pesticide degradation and habitat restoration on wild pollinator health in agroecosystems.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


*        Observing, collecting, pinning, and identifying wild bees

*        Enter and maintain field collected data

*        surveying and identifying native plants

*        Obtaining and analyzing soil samples


Required: Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or related field. Demonstrated experience with insect and plant identification (could be obtained through coursework in Entomology, Ecology, Evolution, Conservation, Plant Sciences, Botany, Soil Science or related experience); and 1 year of experience in data entry and data management.  A valid US drivers license is also required.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Entomology or related field. Experience with the following: Project management, prairie seedling identification and other botany experience, soil chemical analyses including mass spectroscopy. Effective communication skills with supervisors and small teams; excellent organizational skills; Proven dependability, punctuality, and ability to complete high quality work during tedious tasks; Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Environmental Demands:

Must be able to effectively work with bees on a daily basis; a possibility of a health risk (via stinging) if bees are handed incorrectly. Position involves working in sunny outdoor conditions and carrying up to 50 pounds over consecutive days.


This is a full-time (100%) academic professional, non-tenure track position. The expected start date is April 1, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of at least three professional references and their contact information by February 10, 2020. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered, and only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jana Lenz at

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