Research Agronomist (revised)

Western Illinois University - Macomb, IL4.3

Full-time | Commission$35,000 - $38,000 a year
About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves over 8,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

RESPONSIBILITIES: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on a multi-institutional research project related to the development of a winter annual oilseed crop for 5 years. The researcher will work to improve winter annual production through variety development and testing, nitrogen uptake and use efficiency, crop rotations, and production guidelines. The candidate will be expected to design, execute, and tabulate field and greenhouse research projects; including the daily maintenance of all plots. Research projects may involve experiments located at the WIU farms, leased properties, greenhouse, and cooperating farms. Other responsibilities include: preparing manuscripts for publication, assisting in experimental plot design and statistical analysis, supervising student workers, preparing materials for program website, making presentations at field days, professional conferences, to media outlets, and other program functions,

RANK & SALARY: $35K-$38K, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: M.S. in plant genetics and breeding, plant physiology, or closely related disciplines with at least 2 years of experience in field research. Must have strong understanding of agronomic principles, plant breeding, and crop commercialization. Must have excellent organizational skills, work independently, initiate and complete research projects, strong publication record demonstrating expertise in both laboratory and field experiments, and excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively develop strong internal and external working relationships with diverse groups.

Required specific skills:
Must maintain valid Illinois driver's license and pesticide applicators license;
Ability to drive plot combine, tractors, pick-up trucks with trailers;
Mechanical aptitude to effectively operate research equipment and ability to work outdoors, physical lifting, and work in varying ergonomic environments.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in field plant breeding of oil seeds, nitrogen uptake, and analytical laboratory skills.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:
THE DEPARTMENT: The School of Agriculture is housed in the College of Business and Technology and has 13 full-time faculty positions. Approximately 330 students are majoring in Agriculture. Included on the School of Agriculture's three farms (the nearest located one mile north of the main campus) are bull, swine, and ram test facilities; livestock center; orchard and horticultural plots; brand new greenhouse facility, and row crop test and demonstration plots.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 15 consecutive years and as one of 36 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, the WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate, 38 graduate degree programs, and 2 doctoral programs which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, the University's 527 full-time faculty members teach 96 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 7,235): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,267): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan campus in Moline, IL

Application Instructions:APPLICATION: Complete applications include:
1) a letter of application addressing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications of the position

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copies will be requested of selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on September 1, 2019.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Win Phippen at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at