Research Scientist - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800435 )

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University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Department of Animal Sciences

Research Scientist - Genetic Improvement of Livestock Program

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.


Work with the Genetic Improvement of Livestock Program (GILP) leadership and team to coordinate, plan, and implement translational assisted reproductive technology (ART) research programs at the GILP. Work with various principal investigators and research team members to align the activities, goals, and resources for both new and ongoing research projects throughout the state of Illinois, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Chessie Creek, South Carolina.


  1. Coordinate with research and clinical staff to plan, implement, schedule, monitor and manage activities of research trials and animal health screening.
  2. Schedule and conduct study-specific procedures required by the research protocols including but not limited to: health and soundness examinations and treatments, oocyte/embryo collections, embryo transfers, inseminations, and sample collection.
  3. Manage on-farm research activities and conduct some semi-independent research.
  4. Extract and analyze data from complex records with accuracy.
  5. Maintain long-term communication between research sites.
  6. Prepare and maintain all required Illinois Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocol submissions and records.
  7. Develop and maintain quality control program.
  8. Obtain vital signs and collect samples from livestock regularly, as specified by study protocol.
  9. Facilitate purchasing and maintain financial records.
  10. Obtain, collect, and enter study data into appropriate database for analysis.
  11. Complete all required health certificates and International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) embryo/oocyte forms.
  12. Coordinate data collection and management from all study sites.
  13. Serve as a resource, referral agent, and liaison to other individuals both on and off campus to expand program development.
  14. Assume additional related responsibilities to enhance the mission of the department.
  15. 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: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree.

Experience: Required: Experience in Animal or Veterinary Sciences. Evidence of expert knowledge of the principles, regulations and professional ethics related to animal biomedical research. Strong planning and project management skills. Managerial or supervisory experience. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Experience working with livestock. Excellent computer skills. Exceptional attention to detail. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively and persuasively with a wide range of audiences, including PIs, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and veterinary and medical students. Ability to communicate effectively and work in collaboration with the research team, facility and clinical staff in order to meet research study objectives.

Certifications: Required: A valid State of Illinois veterinary license and American Embryo Transfer Association certification.

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, copy of valid Illinois Veterinary License, proof of AETA certification and contact information of three references by July 23, 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, [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: 6-Research
Title: Research Scientist - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800435 )
Open Date: 07/09/2018
Close Date: 07/23/2018
Organization Name: Animal Sciences





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Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 7/24/2018
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