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Visiting Research Specialist, Soybean Innovation Lab - The Department of Agricultural and Consu

Company: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Location: Champaign
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Job Description:

Description: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Extended The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research (Soybean Innovation Lab, SIL) is the United States Agency for International Development's only comprehensive program dedicated to soybean research for development and has a current funding portfolio of $16M. The Soybean Innovation Lab is building a foundation for soybean production in Africa by developing the knowledge, innovation, and technologies to enable successful soybean production. As part of the Feed the Future initiative, the Soybean Innovation Lab works to reduce global poverty and hunger by accelerating growth in the agriculture sector through improvements in agricultural productivity among smallholder farmers. SIL has research partnerships with multiple government and private agencies globally. The Soybean Innovation Lab "SIL" seeks a Visiting Research Specialist to manage and participate in research data collection, interpretation, analysis and reporting for the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) as a component of its Monitoring & Evaluation efforts. Create a database containing quantitative activity data related to SIL's research efforts such as the Pan-African Trials, and manage research data analysis and reporting back to research and administration teams to identify impacts, trends and patterns. Define new processes to streamline both research data collection and analysis. Utilize data representation techniques including graphs, charts, infographics, and tables to effectively and comprehensively communicate SIL research activities and impacts to stakeholders. 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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO . Major Duties and Responsibilities Include: Research data collection and analysis including Conduct high quality and accurate data collection on SIL research activities utilizing a wide array of first and secondary sources including project reports, publications, internal and external communications, both written and verbal. With a very fine eye for detail, develop a master data set for all SIL research activity that allows for ready analysis, interpretation, and reporting. Analyze data to effectively communicate quantitative research program activity, impacts, trends, and patterns and present information using data representation techniques including graphs, tables, and infographics. Organize and participate in weekly meetings to review research data collection and analysis activities. Serve as a technical expert in determining future research data collection and warehousing activities to meet and exceed project goals. Engage in research outreach and communication activities that produce timely dissemination of activity and impact results about SIL for increased awareness by stakeholders. Lead, develop, and curate SIL's Tropical Soybean Information Portal including research data related to tropical soybean such as varietal performance, research literature, reports, videos, technical guides, and other research-related resources. Use strong verbal and written communication skills to develop comprehensive research reports and communication materials that align activity data with broader impact goals. Project Administration and Communication including Develop high quality written communication materials that effectively translate and synthesize research quantitative activity and impact data into written reports, human interest stories, blog posts, marketing materials, and other platforms to effectively turn research data into information, information into insight, and insight into communication to drive program development, new partnerships, and wider uptake of SIL research products, innovations, and technologies. Assist SIL research and administration teams managing administrative research tasks of grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations; including but not limited to the annual research work plans, research output documentation, research report preparation, budget and research subaward management. Expand, both in scale and in time, the research project by working on proposal writing and other methods of acquisition of additional funding. Other duties as assigned. Occasional supervision of student research hourly employees as needed. Position Requirements and Qualifications: Education : Required : Bachelor's degree in Business Information, Information Management, Economics, Project Management or Related Field. Experience : Required : At least 3 years technical experience and expertise in database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques; Adept at queries, report writing and presentation of findings; Experience in data models and reporting packages; Experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel; Strong experience in data representation techniques Preferred : Proven working experience as a business data analyst Knowledge Requirements Required : Exceptional attention to detail; High level written and verbal communication skills; Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amount of information with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy; Critical thinking ability and ability to easily communicate complex ideas; Excellent English writing and communications skills; Strong interpersonal and team working skills Salary/Appointment: Commensurate with education and experience. The proposed starting date will be as soon as possible. This position is a 100% twelve-month appointment. Position may become non-visiting at a later date. All application materials (resume, cover letter, and references) must be submitted by May 24, 2019. To view submit an application, please visit: http://jobs.illinois.edu . For any questions, please contact Melissa Warmbier at mwarmbieillinois.edu. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. College Name or Administrative Unit:ACES Category:6-Research Title:Visiting Research Specialist, Soybean Innovation Lab - The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (112999) Open Date:04/12/2019 Close Date:05/24/2019 Organization Name:Agr and Consumer Economics

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