Research Associate

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Research AssociateJob Summary:  This position will work with a team of scientists and provide technical support to Animal Science faculty in reproductive physiology. The Research Associate chooses and executes methods to accomplish the overall research goals of the reproductive physiology labs, reports data, prepares publication materials, supervises and trains student workers, serves as lab manager, and provides technical consultation and technical support to students, research staff, and faculty within the Department of Animal Science.

Preferred Qualifications:

Thesis/Research based Master's or PhD degree in Animal Science, Molecular Biology, or a closely-related field to either and 3+ years of bovine reproductive physiology and/or molecular biology related research experience.

Required Qualifications:

Thesis/Research based Master's degree in Animal Science, Molecular Biology, or a closely-related field to either; or a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field to either and 3+ years of reproductive physiology and/or molecular biology related experience in a research laboratory. 

Job Functions:
Research and Analysis

    Conducts reproduction research experiments for faculty including but not limited to: DNA isolation; RNA isolation; RNA-sequencing library preparation; PCR (traditional, quantitative, droplet digital); cell culture; embryology (IVM, IVF, IVC, embryo cryopreservation); microscopy; immunohistochemistry; processing of blood samples; protein isolation; western blotting; protein expression systems; flow cytometry; RNA interference; CRISPR-Cas 9; ELISA; RIA  Manages research activities involving animals and helps with sample collections from cattle, sheep or swine.Analyzes results from research projectsPrepares reports of research data
Technical Assistance

    Provides technical support on lab experimentsProvides technical and safety training to students and other lab staffProvides technical support to applied bovine experiments
Lab Management

    Tracks use of lab supplies and orders as neededManages supply budgetsConsults with vendorsConducts basic lab safety checksMaintains safety training records for all active personnelMaintains all lab equipment including most maintenance and repair
Technical Writing

    Assists with manuscript preparation for publication such as statistical analysis, proofing, and writingWrites technical protocols and SOPs such as IACUCAssists the PI in writing sections of grant proposals

    Supervises graduate students in the labSupervises part-time student workersSets schedules, assigns work and approves time sheets
Minimum Qualifications:

    Advanced knowledge of reproductive physiology-based research techniques and/or Animal Science agricultural research studies/farm operations Advanced knowledge of research methods including DNA/RNA isolation, RNA-sequencing, cell culture, embryology, microscopy, PCR, and/or immunohistochemistryGeneral knowledge of statistical software packages and willingness to gain advanced knowledge of softwareAbility to analyze data appropriately and prepare reports using technical writing skillsAbility to effectively communicate research methods with individuals or small groupsAbility to execute and oversee research projects; ability to work around large farm animals (primarily cattle) in farm settingAbility to allocate and coordinate resourcesAbility to oversee and direct the work of designated personnel and/or studentsAbility to multi-task and prioritize
Application: Interested applicants must apply online at and include the following: 1) cover letter stating their experience, interest in the position, and possible starting date; 2) CV; 3) academic transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (unofficial transcripts for application are acceptable; official transcripts will be required before hire is completed); and 4) the names, telephone numbers, and e‐mail addresses of three professional references. Review of applicants will begin April 20, 2022. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sarah Moorey [email protected].

Salary range: Salary will be based on level of experience.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Animal Science - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 26, 2022, 12:50:35 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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