Program Associate I

Fayetteville, AR
Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NCA140P

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Working Title Program Associate I

Position Number 10302

Department Poultry Science

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The Poultry Science Department consists of approximately 30 nationally respected faculty in various fields of study. Undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. programs are offered by the Department.

The Poultry Science Department/Center of Excellence for Poultry Science is housed in an 112,000-square-foot office, laboratory and classroom complex located on the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus. Additional poultry science facilities are located within close proximity to the campus and include a poultry research farm, a pilot processing plant, a feed mill, a poultry health and isolation unit, and commercial style research farms for broilers and broiler breeders. Please view our facilities page for more information on our state-of-the-art facilities

Meat & Poultry Magazine® continually ranks our program as one of the premier poultry programs in the nation (and world).

The Center is part of the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture and poultry faculty members are employed as researchers for the Division and its Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The appointed individual will be responsible for managing a poultry immunology research laboratory which conducts basic research in poultry immunology and (auto)-inflammatory diseases. The principal responsibilities include conducting whole animal, cellular and molecular procedures from assay development to data collection and analysis; husbandry and pedigree breeding of research lines of chickens, care of experimental animals, and maintenance of farm research facilities; supervision and training of students and hourly workers; maintaining equipment and chemicals, ensuring the efficient running of the poultry immunology laboratory in the Poultry Science Center. Additional responsibilities include preparation of materials for class-based instruction and training of others in techniques utilized in the research laboratory as well as scheduling and supervising of on-farm research conducted at the Poultry Research Farm and the Poultry Health Laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

A Bachelor's Degree in Poultry Science or Animal Science, plus three years of research experience in poultry immunology/molecular biology or a Master's Degree Poultry Science, Animal Science, or in related fields.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in experimental immunology procedures involving live animals and pedigree breeding is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Knowledge of assay development.
Knowledge of bird care.
Knowledge of poultry ordering processes.
The ability to think independently.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to work within a team.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at

Physical Conditions The worker is subject to environmental conditions. Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes., The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions. No effective protection from the weather., The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The worker is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level., The worker is subject to vibration. Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body., The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals, biological o, The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation., The worker is frequently in close quarters, crawl spaces, shafts, manholes, small enclosed rooms, small sewage and line pipes, and other areas that could cause claustrophobia., The worker is required to function in narrow aisles or passageways.

Work Schedule M-F; 8-4:30p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Center of Excellence for Poultry Science

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 08/01/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 09/01/2017

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas
Center of Excellence for Poultry Science
Attention: Patrice Sims
1260 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
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