Prairie Research Institute



The University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute (PRI) brings together experts in archaeology, ecology and biodiversity, geology, sustainable energy, waste reduction, water, and weather and climate to tackle scientific challenges and deliver positive impact to the people, economy, and environment of Illinois… and beyond. PRI’s scientists and scholars produce rigorous, objective, high-impact research and apply their expertise and the institute’s extensive data to help understand, manage, and protect the state’s natural and cultural resources.

We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for PRI to successfully identify and understand consequential issues and create positive societal impact for all Illinoisans. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse, skilled, and dedicated staff.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.

PRI is based in Urbana-Champaign, a diverse, affordable, micro-urban community. Learn more about Urbana-Champaign.

U of I HR provides more information about applying to and working at the University of Illinois, including available benefits.

If you have questions about any PRI open positions or the application process, contact