The Northern District of Illinois is seeking applicants for one or more open Magistrate Judge positions.  Magistrates serve eight year terms and the open positions will be located in Chicago.  Chief Judge Holderman expects to appoint a Merit Selection Panel that will screen applicants and make recommendations this fall with the position or positins expected to be filled in the spring of 2010.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

[A]n applicant must be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The applicant must be less than seventy years of age, and may not be related to a judge of the district court.

Applications and application instructions are available here.  Applications must be received by 4;30 pm on September 11, 2009.