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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 510546
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Animal Sciences / Livestock
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

This position will support operations of the KSU Commercial Cow-Calf Unit under the direct supervision of the Farm Manager. The incumbent must be willing to be called to work to collect animals who have escaped in the evenings, weekends and/or on Holidays, and be willing to work outdoors in extreme heat or cold temperatures.  The incumbent will be deemed "Essential" during periods of Inclement Weather directed by the University Administration, and will be expected to report to work as usual. 

50% Plan and supervise data collection activities and data processing for research projects dealing with the nutrition and management of a range-based cow herd, it's associated calf crop, and it's associated pasture resources. Specific tasks include but are not limited to: daily management of ongoing research projects, management of graduate and undergraduate student labor, application of quality - control procedures for data collections activities, and maintaining inventories of research supplies and animal health supplies. The incumbent shares responsibility for the daily care of all of beef cattle that are under the ownership or management of the KSU Commercial Cow-Calf Unit.

20% Responsible for keeping accurate and detailed records including but not limited to: documentation of research procedures and results, management of animal production records, documentation of student worker training, documentation of compliance with animal welfare standards, and documentation of compliance with regulations concerning animal research and animal production.

10% Supervise and train graduate and undergraduate students in field and laboratory procedures that involve data collection, data analysis, research documentation, and general ranch tasks. Assist the Farm Manager with coordination of collaborative research project's between the faculty and graduate students of Animal Sciences and Industry, Agronomy, Biology, Konza Prairie, off-campus KSU research stations, other university's, and industry partners.

10% Cooperate with the Farm Manager and managers of the other KSU ASI animal units to promote efficient use of labor and equipment.

10% Coordinate maintenance and repair of equipment used in research and animal care.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension.

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Animal Sciences or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS. in Animal Sciences or related field
  • One year experience in a related field
  • Direct experience with all aspects of range-based beef cattle production and management
  • Documented experience with prescribed burning for range improvement purposes
  • Knowledge of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination
    Basic knowlsdege of equipment repair and maintenance

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. KSU Page Up application
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. List of three professional references 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until a suitable candidate is identified.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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