The Crop Bioprotection Research Unit located in Peoria, IL is responsible for conducting research to develop new biological control agents that replace or reduce the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are potentially harmful to the environment, and/or human and animal health. New technologies that utilize agricultural by-products in innovative ways to produce microbial biocontrol agents are also devised to open new markets for their use and to enhance their economic value. The Unit's research also fills critical knowledge gaps concerning the basic biology of both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms associated with insects and plants.
Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Participates in the annual Resource Management Plan process by assisting in developing and executing the annual budget, e.g. developing financial plans, monitoring spending, preparing financial reports, tracking and providing information on costs, and reviewing for consistency, accuracy, and procedural/reporting requirements.
- Serves as the primary administrative business process point of contact for the unit.
- Compiles data/salaries/expenses/personnel changes/equipment/R&D needs based on previous year expenditures, and prepares and ensures accuracy of all reports.
- Advises on procedural and documentation requirements for research plans, annual progress reports, manuscripts, international travel proposals and follow-up trip reports, and cooperative agreements, grants, and trust.
- Maintains control records and follow-up measures on incoming correspondence and action documents to ensure prompt handling.
- Uses automated systems and software for travel and voucher preparation.
- Constructs and/or maintains Management office web site (i.e., selects and scans materials, pictures, and slides).
- Transfers files and information from various PC programs and downloads from the Internet onto the server.