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Research Technician in Biogeochemistry

We are looking for a research technician to assist with two agricultural projects focusing on
how cover crops alter nutrient and sediment losses from the landscape. Nitrogen loss from agricultural fields in the central USA leads to widespread environmental problems downstream. Farmers are resistant to changes in fertilizer use, and many farmers add fertilizer in fall after harvest, exacerbating nutrient input to freshwater ecosystems. Cover crops, planted after harvest, growing during fall, and terminated in the spring, may decrease nutrient and sediment losses from the fields over winter as well as improve soil quality.

Duties will include analyzing water and soil samples using digestions, ion chromatography and auto-analyzer/flow injection analyses, data QA/QC, and data management. There will be occasional field work involving sampling soils, water, measuring discharge, and maintaining the automated sampling stations. The technician will work closely with graduate and undergraduate students.

Requirements: bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences; master’s degree preferred. Strong background in analytical chemistry. Working knowledge of computers (Excel, Word). Ability and willingness to participate in field work and a valid driver’s license. Strong interpersonal skills including good written and verbal communication skills.

Salary: $25,000-$30,000 depending upon experience, plus benefits.

Position is open until filled. This position is currently funded for several years, with the possibility of extension. We would prefer a start date of some time this summer (July or August), but will consider applicants who could not start until fall.

To apply, send a cover letter addressing background and interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Catherine O’Reilly by email. Contact Catherine O’Reilly at cmoreil@ilstu.edu for more details.