Research Specialist in Agriculture - Department of Animal Sciences (A1700607)

Champaign, IL
Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Department of Animal Sciences

Research Specialist in Agriculture

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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.

  1. Provide on-site management and supervision of the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, IL in the absence of the Senior Research Specialist.
  2. In the absence of the Senior Research Specialist provide day to day supervision of animal care personnel including, 6 non-academic staff
  3. Facilitate and coordinate research and educational needs of faculty, graduate students, and others at the behest of the Senior Research Specialist.
  4. Provide consultation on operational aspects of the facility to faculty and staff in order to serve research and educational goals at the unit.
  5. Assist faculty with farm laboratory exercises, teaching activities, and on-farm extension activities.
  6. Provide positive interactions for students, other visitors, and tour groups to the unit.
  • Work with Senior Research Specialist to maintain fiscal responsibility at the facility including management of facility expenses, development of budgets and reports, recovery of teaching and research costs, and maintenance of accounting records for budgetary and compliance purposes.
  • Collaborate with Senior Research Specialist to establish written production targets. Develop written "Standard Operating Procedures" and implement these procedures to assure that identified targets and standards are achieved and maintained.
  • Work with Senior Research Specialist to collect, analyze, evaluate, and summarize research data/information related to operational function of the unit including formulation of recommendations and implementation of improvements and planning to facilitate programmatic goals.
  • Design, develop, implement, integrate, and maintain data collection systems for the unit.
  • Support Senior Research Specialist to assure quality animal care that is compliant with laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies.
  • Work with Senior Research Specialist to establish and maintain professional standards for facility appearance. Assist with supervision of maintenance of facilities to ensure competence and integrity of research efforts.
  • Cooperate with Senior Research Specialist to coordinate and facilitate procurement of commodities and resources necessary for optimal operations and maintenance of Dixon Springs Agricultural Center facilities.
  • Aid Senior Research Specialist with on-going training and/or certification in any areas of human resources, environmental management, animal-care, safety, etc. which effect the on-going regulatory requirements of the unit.
  • Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may frequently weigh up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally weigh up to seventy-five (75) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the Department of Animal Sciences by contacting



    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 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,

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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