Job description

JOB NO.: 96341-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Food Service, Food Production

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 96341-AS

Working Title: Meat Lab Manager


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: FEBRUARY 06, 2019

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

B.S. degree in Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science, or related degree program; M.S. preferred

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of two years of hands-on experience spanning animal harvest to retail product preferred. Additional experience, experience in a university meat lab. Essential skills beyond meat technology include interpersonal communication, human relations, food safety, and humane animal handling.

1. Ability to harvest and fabricate red meat and poultry species, as well as train employees in these functions.
2. Accounting and fiscal management skills.
3. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in written communications.
4. A strong background and understanding of the principles associated with food safety, HACCP, a commitment to quality assurance, and humane livestock handling.
5. A strong work ethic and capable of heavy physical labor associated with typical animal harvest.
6. Desirable human relations skills, knowledge and understanding of people management competencies such as coaching, managing conflict, and communications when working with a variety of employees, students, and customers.

License or certificate:

WI Driver's License or the ability to obtain one.

Position Summary:

Are you interested in bacon, brats, prime rib, food safety and pharmaceutical products? Contributing to development of "new approaches" and "forward thinking" teaching, research, and Extension programs of our land grant university?

The state-of-the-art Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery (MSABD) building will be completed in 2019. The program manager's role is oversight of activities occurring in the USDA-inspected space and support of activities occurring in the Biosafety Level 2 facility. S/he will manage the existing Meat Science Lab program, transition to the MSABD and oversee the evolution of the program into the MSABD's 21st century facility.

The Animal Sciences Department's missions are research, instruction and extension. The MSABD building is designed to support these missions with programmatic themes focusing on 1) Minimal and further processed meat and poultry products resulting from the complete chain of events from live animal (cattle, poultry, sheep, and swine) to product, 2) Retail meat sales to foster consumer education and revenue generation, and 3) Animal-derived biologics targeted to both animal agriculture and human health. The program manager will report to the Director of MSABD and be responsible for activities related to the first two themes and tissue collection activities to support the third theme. This is an opportunity to be involved in a vibrant muscle foods program at Wisconsin, which has a long and rich history of collaboration with the national meat industry.

Operational procedures must comply with regulations imposed by the USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service, CALS Animal Care and Use Committee, and campus security (Police, Fire and Biosafety) so be ready to learn and apply the rules and regulations. Undergraduate students will be the principal labor force in MSABD so the desire and skills to attract, train, mentor, and enthuse students in the work of the meat industry is important to the MSABD program.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Additional Information:

Must be able to lift 60 pounds.


Daniel Schaefer
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.

To view the UW-Madison job posting, go to Position Vacancy Listing identifier is 96341. Questions may be directed to Dan Schaefer, MSABD Director, at [email protected], 608-263-2504, or 608-445-6852.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: Dec 5 2018 Central Standard Time

Application Close: Feb 1 2019 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 12/6/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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