Prairie Research Institute

Executive Director

The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Executive Director to provide leadership ensuring the Institute’s position as a premier natural and cultural research and service organization. The Institute houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Prairie Research Institute executes coordinated research agendas across the disciplines of the five surveys which are responsive to current and emerging societal needs around the world with strong foci in the Midwest and State of Illinois. The Institute receives base funding from the State of Illinois and is charged by statute to provide scientific support to Illinois governments and businesses. More than 1,000 scientists and staff work in 75 locations across Illinois, pursing both basic and applied research projects. FY14 expenditures (including externally funded research expenditures) totaled nearly $78 million. Learn more at

PhD or equivalent in a science, engineering or other field relevant to the mission and goals of the Institute and significant administrative experience in bringing science to bear on public policy decisions required. The Institute is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—a world leader in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life. Urbana-Champaign is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis:

For full position announcement and application requirements, please visit: to complete an online profile by 4/15/2015.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled -

Please see the individual Surveys for their open positions:

Illinois Natural History Survey
Illinois State Archeological Survey
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois State Water Survey
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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