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Postdoctoral Research Associate on proximal/remote sensing-based crop phenotyping and modeling

Located at the Environmental Plant Physiology Lab 

Hiring for this position is currently suspended pending refunding of the RIPE project. Check back regularly for more details. If you would like to be emailed when hiring for this position is opened again, please email

Academic Hourly (full-time) 

Primary Position Function/Summary:  (One to three sentence summary of position functions)

Provide technical support for lab, greenhouse and field experiments exploring the physiological responses of crops. 40 hr/week.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed job duties): 

Incumbents will be responsible for helping experiments in lab, greenhouse and field, as well as perform repeated physiological measurements on study plants. Specific duties include:



Major Duties and Responsibilities


Cloning, DNA/RNA/metabolite extraction, PCR etc,


Transplanting plants to the greenhouse and field plots


Controlling weeds and pests within field plots


Quantifying plant photosynthesis using LI-COR machines


Measuring and recording plant development (plant height, leaf number, canopy width)


Sampling and processing leaf tissues for biochemical analysis 


Assisting with final harvest


Positions Requirements and Qualifications: (List desired minimum and preferred qualifications for the position)


  • Required:
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree A college level Biology course

Experience Required:  (Must have something filled out)

  • Required:
  • Preferred: Working experience in plant biology lab or related field

Training, Licenses or Certifications Required:

  • Required:
  • Preferred: Driver license

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: (Must have something filled out)

  • Required: Basic knowledge about biology
  • Preferred: Cloning, DNA/RNA/metabolite extraction, PCR, LI-COR
  • Environmental Demands: N/A
  • Other/Comments: Start day: 6/01/22 (preferred who can continue to work until 2023 Summer)

To apply, contact Young Cho at

Illinois Summer Fellows

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Summer Fellows (ISF) program brings first and second-year students studying biological sciences at the University of Oxford to the University of Illinois to contribute to plant science research throughout the summer months, generally from the beginning of July through the third week of September. Fellows work alongside a postdoctoral researcher mentor to support larger research projects, like RIPE, that are working toward increasing food and bioenergy production. Learn more about the program and how to apply. 

2022 ISF Program COVID-19 Updates

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has commenced and welcomes optimism for what our future holds. However, we must continue to be as diligent as ever in adhering to safety precautions. 

With this said, we are sad to announce that the ISF program for 2022 is canceled. We will not be accepting any ISF applications for this year, however, we look forward to when it is safer for everyone to meet together again. We hope that we can resume our program in 2023. More information for the 2023 ISF program is to come. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this next phase of the pandemic. 

If you are interested in joining a specific lab on the project, we encourage you to reach out to the lab's principal investigator directly to inquire about future openings. If you need help identifying a lab that aligns with your skills and interests, please contact us.