Research Coordinator - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800381 )

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University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Department of Animal Sciences

Research Coordinator - Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.


Full-time, 100% appointment to work with the Laboratory of Nutrition, Health, and Neuroscience team to coordinate, organize, and implement pre-clinical research at the Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory (PNCL). The position will also involve direct management and maintenance of the PNCL infrastructure.


1. Manage the Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory (PNCL) and assist in coordinating with research members to plan, implement, schedule, monitor, and manage activities of research trials.

2. Schedule and conduct study-specific procedures required by the research protocols including, but not limited to: daily cleaning and observing animals and environment, administering treatments to research subjects, and collecting blood and tissue samples.

3. Manage research laboratory activities and conduct semi-independent research as necessary.

4. Transport research animals from source locations to outcome assessment destinations.

5. Create, organize, and maintain accurate laboratory records, including daily logs and record books, and maintain IACUC protocols and associated trainings associated with PNCL.

6. Hire, train, and supervise part-time hourly personnel at the unit.

7. Ensure lab personnel compliance with all standard operating procedures and required training modules pertinent to PNCL.

8. Assist with developing a quality control program and maintaining data integrity.

9. Facilitate procurement operations and maintain financial records associated with PNCL.

10. Obtain, collect, and enter study data into appropriate research databases.

11. Collaborate with other laboratory personnel and students on research projects.

12. Serve as a resource, referral agent, and liaison to other individuals both on-campus and off-campus to expand program development.

13. Assume additional related responsibilities to enhance the mission of the department.

14. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors including, but not limited to: hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven or slick surfaces. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands including, but not limited to: lifting and moving items that may frequently weigh up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally weigh up to seventy-five (75) pounds, long periods of standing 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 [email protected]


Education: Bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences or a related field.

Experience: Required: Direct experience rearing pigs artificially in the absence of maternal care. Strong planning and project management skills. Managerial or supervisory experience. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Experience driving and maneuvering small and large vehicles (e.g., a box truck).

Preferred: Experience working with pigs and chickens in an agricultural setting. Experience writing and implementing research study protocols. Experience training personnel on standard operating procedures.

Knowledge: Required: Evidence of expert knowledge of the principles, regulations, and professional ethics related to biomedical animal research. Excellent computer and troubleshooting skills. Exceptional attention to detail. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and work in collaboration with the research team, as well as facility and departmental staff in order to meet research study objectives. Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Preferred: Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (especially Word and Excel).

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time, 100% appointment.

LOCATION: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the closing date.


Please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references by June 27, 2018. 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, cdthoma[email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Coordinator - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800381 )
Open Date: 06/13/2018
Close Date: 06/27/2018
Organization Name: Animal Sciences





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Posted: 6/14/2018
Application Due: 6/28/2018
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