Research Specialist in Agriculture - Department of Animal Sciences (A1700607)
University of Illinois
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Department of Animal Sciences
Research Specialist in Agriculture
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SHORT DESCRIPTION SUMMARIZING POSITION
This position will work closely with the Senior Research Specialist responsible for coordinating research activities and directing the daily operational management of the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, IL that maintains 900 commercial Angus cows. The position will assist with hands-on unit management and coordination of animal research; the incumbent interacts closely with faculty, staff, students, administrators, other research unit supervisors, veterinarians, and compliance personnel.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide on-site management and supervision of the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, IL in the absence of the Senior Research Specialist.
- In the absence of the Senior Research Specialist provide day to day supervision of animal care personnel including, 6 non-academic staff
- Facilitate and coordinate research and educational needs of faculty, graduate students, and others at the behest of the Senior Research Specialist.
- Provide consultation on operational aspects of the facility to faculty and staff in order to serve research and educational goals at the unit.
- Assist faculty with farm laboratory exercises, teaching activities, and on-farm extension activities.
- Provide positive interactions for students, other visitors, and tour groups to the unit.
Required: B.S. degree in Animal Sciences or a related field.
Preferred: M.S. degree in Animal Sciences or a related field.
Required: Must have at least 2 years of hands-on experience working with beef cattle. The successful candidate must have computer experience in record keeping. Must be detail oriented, organized and able to address multiple deadlines simultaneously. The successful candidate must be capable of working compatibly with other employees and staff. Successful applicants must also be able to, not only work well with others, but also communicate well, both in written and oral formats, with faculty, administrators, veterinarians, students, staff, and farm visitors.
Preferred: Previous experience in managing a beef cattle operation. Ability to interpret and implement research protocols. Knowledge of and experience working with specific beef herd management computerized tools. Understanding of research and statistical design. Ability and proficiency in artificial insemination techniques to breed cows and heifers. Willingness to learn ultrasound operation for pregnancy diagnosis.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time, 100% appointment.
PROPOSED STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the close of the search.
Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references by November 14, 2017. All requested information must be submitted via the online system for your application to be considered. For further information please contact Carolyn Thomas, Department of Animal Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Specialist in Agriculture - Department of Animal Sciences (A1700607)
Open Date: 09/26/2017
Close Date: 11/14/2017
Organization Name: Animal Sciences