Job Opening

Position Title: Research Specialist
Salary:$41,305 per year or higher depending on experience
Part/Full:Full Time
Date Available:12/18/2020

Position Details

Posting Number SP002670P

Position Title Research Specialist

Location Moscow

Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Department Palouse Rsrch Ext Education Ctr

FLSA Status Overtime Exempt

Employee Category Exempt

Pay Range $41,305 per year or higher depending on experience

Type of Appointment Fiscal Year

FTE 1.0

Full Time/Part Time Full Time

Position Overview
The incumbent for this position will be responsible for implementing research projects with Sheep, Beef and Dairy cattle. They will be responsible for supervising, training, evaluating and setting schedules for board appointed, temporary and student employees for ongoing research projects. This person will make sure all projects are in compliance with IACUC regulations and all proper paperwork is up to date and available. They will be responsible for implementing and maintaining research SOP’s for animal sampling and husbandry while on a project. If/when there are no active large animal research projects, this employee will act as an assistant at any and all of the animal units at the Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center (PREEC).

Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. Uncertain

Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Oversees Daily Research Operations by:
Job Duties
• Developing and implementing large animal experiments.
• Maintaining SOPs related to large animals for the research program.
• Maintaining safe handling of large animals potentially carrying human pathogens.
• Ensuring all animals are fed and cleaned.
• Handling all waste containment and proper removal of research waste.
• Working with the PREEC superintendent to design, implement, and maintain appropriate animal care and disease treatment protocols, developing, and ensuring effective monitors for animal care protocol compliance.
• Supervising all who interact with the animals in the research program.
• Working with research faculty to determining appropriate rations for all large animals in the research program.
• Ensuring all large animal-related equipment is kept in excellent working order, and that animal housing and corrals are clean and maintained on a daily basis.
• Monitoring research herd health and notifying appropriate persons when complications arise, providing input on possible solutions to problems based upon expertise.
• Maintaining comprehensive record keeping for all large animals in the research program that includes entering daily events.

Key Accountability Participate in teaching activities and provide research support by:
Job Duties
• Instructing students on-site in handling the large animals.
• Providing expertise and assisting faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students with research projects, and providing training on procedures and protocols in areas of expertise.
• Ensuring animals are available, prepared for research activities, and meet required criteria.

Key Accountability Provides departmental support by:
Job Duties
• Communicating with the PREEC superintendent, Unit managers and research faculty in regards to upcoming and current research projects.
• Maintaining the research facility and grounds.
• Attending and reporting at weekly research meetings about the large animals in the research projects.

Key Accountability Provide general support by:
Job Duties
• Maintaining active ties to beef or sheep industry in the state of Idaho.
• Working with collaborators and colleagues from other institutions on large animal research.

Required Experience
• Experience with maintenance and operation of livestock production equipment; computerized record keeping; basic research principles.
• Experience maintaining accurate records and managing feed and nutrient management activities.
• Experience working with diverse individuals; communicating effectively in writing; handling large animals; supervising and training others.

Required Education
• BS degree in Dairy Science, Animal Science or related field.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass a driver’s record check.

Additional Preferred
• MS degree in Dairy Science, Animal Science or related field plus at least 1 year of post-bachelor’s research experience.
• Experience and interest in research involving large animals.
• Experience with: large animals carrying human pathogens; maintenance and operation of livestock project/farm equipment and vehicles; basic research principles; safety practices necessary in handling animals and human pathogens; operation of a skid-steer loader, and loading and towing of livestock trailers.
• Working knowledge of sanitation procedures necessary in livestock care and handling large animal waste.
• Good verbal communication skills.

Physical Requirements
• Willingness and ability to lift, carry, and/or otherwise move items weighing up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions
• Must be able to work flexible hours.

Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.

Posting Date 12/17/2020
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants
First consideration given to those who apply by January 17, 2021.

Please note: to be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or experience.

In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation process, address as many of the Preferred Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification

Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement
The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Letter of Qualification

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions
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Company/Institution:University of Idaho
City, State:Moscow, ID
Zip Code:83843

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