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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 513291
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 is designed to support the KSU Swine Teaching and research Center day-to-day operations that are conducted in the farrowing house and nursery building. Oversight of farrowing and lactating sows and nursery pigs is the primary objective to ensure optimum animal health and well-being. Additionally, supporting other swine farm work and activities is required when needed and when the primary responsibilities are satisfied.

40%   Implement research according to protocols and assure the integrity of data collected in the farrowing and nursery phases of the Swine Teaching and Research Center.  Support the activities of graduate student-led research efforts to ensure that protocol objectives are met.  Supervise undergraduate employees that are working in the farrowing house and nursery 

20%    Monitor and assist sows when needed during the farrowing process. Responsible for overseeing daily feeding and watering of sows located in the farrowing house. Responsible for overseeing general health and well-being of sows when in the farrowing house. Responsible for managing the farrowing house equipment and environment. Cleaning and disinfection of environment between groups. Enter data on data recording databases when needed.  Assist with teaching activities that are conducted in this facility.

20%     Assure animal health and well-being of nursery piglets is achieved. Responsible for overseeing daily feeding and water availability of nursery pigs. Responsible for managing the nursery room equipment and environment. Cleaning and disinfection of environment between groups. Enter data aon data recording databases when needed. Assist with teaching activities that are conducted in this facility

10%     Support and enforce farm biosecurity principles established by herd veterinarian, faculty supervisor, and farm manager.

10%     Interact with farm veterinarian, faculty supervisor, other farm full time staff, and undergraduate work force to ensure other activities on the farm are completed and supporting optimum health and well-being of animals. Assist with day-today activities on the rest of the farm when required. Ability to operate tractor or other equipment as needed. Support other duties as assigned related to teaching, research, and extension.

Why Join Us:

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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with production animals, preferably swine.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. KSU PageUp online application
  2. Resume
  3. List of three contacts with phone numbers

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$37,704.00 - $40,000.00   

$18.13-$22.00

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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