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Research Assistant I (Technology)


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532

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Job Description 

Focus on implementing and maintaining a range of experimental devices and tree sensors deployed to collection data and samples related to behavior, physiology, and adaptive strategies of trees. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director and scientists in the Center for Tree Science and will collaborate with the research and support staff in the Center for Tree Science. Funding for this position is temporary and is expected to run for 36 months.

Education and Experience 

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or in a botany-related field with demonstrated experience working in an engineering environment required; previous experience working with trees or in an outdoor setting is advantageous; knowledge of basic field sampling, data analysis, and experimental design; ability to interact with tree scientists, mechanical engineers, green industry professionals and other scientists in both government and private sectors. Training in mechanical engineering and an enthusiasm for problem-solving in an experimental and innovative setting is strongly desired. Candidate will be required to obtain a license to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Success Factors: Expectations include close collaboration with the Director of the Center for Tree Science (CTS), research staff and scientists, including other principal investigators in the CTS; collaboration and coordination with scientists and students in regional engineering labs, ability to independently operate and maintain several drones, their associated sensors and data, along with the growing number of instruments deployed in our living collections; willingness to collaborate and contribute to improving and refining experimental devices; contribute generally to research projects led by CTS scientists; participate in the development and writing of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals; produce reports and make presentations for technical and broader public audiences. An interest in learning arboricultural research skills and a willingness to contribute generally to experimental efforts in our living collections is required; prior arboricultural experience is a bonus. Interaction with and supervision of undergraduate and high school interns will be required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
• Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: walking over varied terrain, bending, limited lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs. assisted). Use of chemicals may be necessary. Some travel required.
• Work Environment: Office environment and Arboretum grounds. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions.
• Equipment: General office equipment, field and laboratory equipment, including specialized equipment relating to particular field of research, hand tools, Arboretum pick-up truck and/or utility vehicle.

Application Instructions 

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by March 31 are guaranteed consideration. A start date of May 2019 is preferred. Applicants must apply at

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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Colleen Emrick