Project Coordinator Organic Seeds and Markets: Corn Case Study

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to coordinates and manage a participatory project that seeks to strengthen regional organic food systems by improving our ability to use organic methods and on-farm testing networks to improve seed supply, and satisfy consumer preferences in growing markets.  This multidisciplinary research project will present ample opportunity to interact with scientists across disciplines and institutions. The candidate must have excellent organizational skills, be detail oriented, and have the ability to work well with farmers, agricultural industry, and academic audiences. This person will work as a network facilitator by leading communication with partners and collaborators to ensure accomplishment of objectives, coordinating data collection efforts, organizing field days, and developing content for eOrganic. This person will lead analyses and publication of results in peer-review journals. The on-farm component of this project will require travel within the Midwest.

The minimum qualifications are a PhD in agronomy, soil science, agricultural communications or related discipline. The candidate must have experience working with farmers and be knowledgeable of organic grain cropping systems.

This is a 12-month position and benefits eligible. The expected start date is January of 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Contact Carmen Ugarte at  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV and the names of three references by December 8.