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Assistant Professor in Applied Grassland Ecology (NRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2023

Assistant Professor in Applied Grassland Ecology (NRES)

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ( is seeking qualified applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor in Applied Grassland Ecology with a 40% Extension appointment.

We are seeking candidates who will develop a nationally recognized research and Extension program focused on applied grassland ecology. Candidates with expertise relevant to native prairie restorations, grasslands enrolled in CRP and other conservation programs, pollinator habitat, grassland ecosystem services, and climate change adaptation are encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in interdisciplinary collaborations that span the natural, physical, and social sciences, and candidates who can show expertise in linking disciplines within NRES, will be reviewed favorably. The Extension component of this position (40% appointment) is critical, and the successful candidate will engage diverse stakeholders, build collaborations throughout Illinois, and contribute to the University of Illinois Extension program in Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy. Experience translating research into education and outreach materials is preferred. The candidate should also demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required.

The successful applicant will be expected to secure extramural funding, recruit, and mentor graduate students, publish regularly in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, contribute to the mission of the University of Illinois Extension program, and teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Due to the Extension appointment for this position, the candidate will have a reduced teaching load of one course per year. Teaching responsibilities will include a new course on grassland ecology and management. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2024, but this is flexible. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

To apply, create a candidate profile through and submit the following materials: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, up to two representative publications, research, outreach, and teaching statements as well as a diversity statement describing the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) principles or practices essential to research, Extension, and teaching. For the DEIJ statement, you are welcome to draw directly on relevant experiences or speak generally about what you envision as most critical for successfully fostering DEIJ at a major research institution like the University of Illinois.

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on Thursday, November 30, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dr. Tony Yannarell, Search Committee chair, at or 217-333-2398. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval

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Requisition ID: 1021262
Job Category: Faculty
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