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Program Associate

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Posting Number NCA160P

Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/23755

Working Title Program Associate

Position Number 16429

Department Animal 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

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

Assist in designing, conducting, analyzing and publishing results of swine and/or cattle nutrition/management research/physiology directed toward enhancement of performance and immune function. This individual will work with a research team to assist in developing a research emphasis in the area of molecular biology with emphasis in gene expression in swine and beef cattle. This individual will assist in writing grant applications to secure extramural funding, developing laboratory procedures, training other personnel in the area of tissue collection, cell culture techniques, and gene expression evaluation techniques including qPCR and array technology. Areas of research will include: (1) developing biomarkers for enhancing animal health, growth, and reproduction;(2) identifying, testing and developing nutrition/management practices for enhancement of performance and immune function using the early-weaned pig model; (3) assisting with development and implementation of research projects in the pre-weaned or immediately post-weaned beef calf and pigs; (4) evaluating and developing immunological assays for the assessment of performance based alterations in mucosal and hepatic-derived immunity; and (5) developing high throughput processing and analysis of porcine gene expression using real time PCR and arrays to characterize mode of action of treatments which have demonstrated efficacy in enhancing performance and immune function. The research program is multidisciplinary and involves coordination with private industry as well as other on-campus and off-campus research centers.

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.

M.S. in Livestock Nutrition/Biological Sciences/Immunology/Microbiology/Physiology or Bioinformatics with strong background in animal health and management or a B.S. in Livestock Nutrition/Biological Sciences/Immunology/Microbiology/Physiology or Bioinformatics, plus three years of related experience. Experience with experimental design and laboratory procedures to assess immune function in vertebrates is essential.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? Yes

If yes, please specify Valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Liveestock Nutrition/Biological Sciences/Immunology/Microbiology/Physiology or Bioinformatics with strong background in animal health and management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Knowledge of livestock care and welfare, management of laboratories, and collaborative work environment. Skill and willingness to work with livestock, and apply modern molecular biology to applied research questions. Ability to work with and lead a group of talented scientists and students.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at [email protected].

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 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.

Work Schedule Hours vary, minimum 40 hrs per week

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 AFLS/FARMS

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 12/20/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Jamie Newberry
[email protected]

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

Supplemental Questions

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
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      Posted: 12/7/2017
      Application Due: 12/21/2017
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