LDA - Researcher Associate

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LDA - Researcher AssociateDescription:     This position provides professional and technical support to the animal and plant science research and outreach programs of the Northeast Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Greeneville, TN.   

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Participates in the design, planning, establishment, maintenance, and processing of animal science field and controlled research environments.  Collaborates in the development of project plans and execution of those plans including experimental layouts, forage production including collection and analysis, securing supplies, and other animal husbandry items as needed for the center.  Reporting of data, accurate record keeping, and IACUC compliance is required.  Preparing and executing research protocols/working with project leader(s) to prepare/design a research protocol, securing site/pens and supplies as directed.

Individual Animal Records: date, treatment, location, feed, other applications.  Recording, compiling and analyzing data/recording data including sampling, weighing animals, preparing summaries for presentations.  Maintaining up-to-date computer skills are a necessary performance to these functions.  Assisting with field days, tours, agronomy plot work, and other special events as directed by the REC Director.

Maintaining research equipment/writing specifications for and assisting in securing equipment needed for research and development; maintaining equipment and instruments in accordance with maintenance.  May supervise employees but supervision is not the main focus of this position.

Assisting with planning, maintaining, or completing research programs and/or projects involved in the discovery of new knowledge, techniques and concepts in Animal Sciences.

Complying with all UT Policies, attending appropriate in-service training and regulatory requirement including RCR/ Complies with all UT policies and regulatory policies especially pesticide labels and APHIS regulatory requirement for regulated materials.  Supervising other personnel involved in the research/supervising day to day activities of graduate students, interns, or other co-workers assigned to assist with a research project(s).


Required Are:

    Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, animal sciences or related field.5 years’ agronomy/animal sciences or related livestock experience.Skilled in operation and maintenance of farm equipment. Ability to have a flexible work schedule (frequent work on weekends and/or evenings)Live in university provided housing on the research center or within a reasonable agreed upon distance from the farm to be available to quickly address and/or respond to any farm related emergency.Excellent computer skills and knowledge of or ability to learn and use precision agriculture technologies.  Knowledge of research methodology and protocol.  Data analysis skills. Knowledge of forage production Knowledge of precision agriculture applications. Excellent communication. Demonstrated strong work ethic as this is a professional, hands-on position. Knowledge of farm and research safety. Ability to respectfully and successfully work with those of varying education and background. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to professionally direct the work of others. Ability to receive and follow instructions, make wise independent decisions, proven self-starter and demonstrated self-motivation.  Ability to lift up to 100 pounds.Ability to work in an outdoor environment in various conditions including extreme weather, dust, pollen. Valid Driver’s license. Tennessee Valid Driver’s licenseInstitutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) certifications or obtain within 90 days after start date of employment.        
Desired Are:                                         

    Master’s degree in agronomy, animal or veterinary sciences, or related field with 2 years’ experience. Research Center plot work in livestock and plant production experience is preferred.Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement field/controlled environments research, and advanced knowledge research skills to interpret data. Demonstrated skills in training/supervising personnel. Advanced word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, database, and statistical software. Proven ability and skills to prioritize, allocate, procure, and coordinate resources.  Knowledge in a research academic setting is preferred.
Interested candidates must apply online at:  https://hr.utk.edu/staff-positions/

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Rec-Highland Rim Res & Educ Ctr
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 27, 2022, 6:30:09 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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