Research Associate I/II/III/IV

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Animal Sciences

Division Name

College of Agriculture

Position Title

Research Associate I/II/III/IV

Job Class Code

HA02 A/B/C/D

Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The individual selected for this position will provide professional level research assistance in the department of Animal Sciences.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

*Conducts bench top and field research and data collection as needed.

*Supervises and coordinates scheduling of graduate students, undergraduate students and visiting scholars in the collection of data and instruction in laboratory techniques and general laboratory procedures. Also, ensures that all personnel working in the laboratories are up to date on mandatory safety training.

*Maintains laboratory equipment, coordinates department wide calibrations of pipettes and electronic balances, and ensures that supplies are inventoried, ordered, and available to conduct research
for 12 separate laboratories belonging to 4 separate principal investigators.

*Researches, locates, and purchases equipment necessary for research and principal investigators; troubleshoots problems and repairs equipment, accruing cost savings to the department.

*Maintains and performs checks on various departmental walk-in coolers and freezers, as well as the departmental room with ultracold freezers and refrigerators; Coordinates with Facilities personnel and outside vendors to maintain the ultracold freezers and air conditioning units necessary to keep air temperatures within equipment operating temperatures.

*Serves as safety coordinator of the 12 laboratories to ensure compliance with AU Risk Management and Safety guidelines, including disposing of all old or used chemicals, updating inventories of incoming chemicals and coordinating with AU Facilities to keep the labs safe and functional.

*Maintains accounts and budgets for travel, lab supplies, and equipment; performs cost analyses; and ensures that funds are expended so that research can be conducted in a timely and compliant manner.

*Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education Level

Master's degree from an accredited institution.

Field of Study

Animal Sciences, Biology, or closely related field.

Years of Experience

No experience required for entry level Research Associate I. Salary Range: $31,300 - $52,100

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Research Associate II: Master’s degree in Animal Sciences, Biology, or closely related field and 2 years of experience in research practices and protocols relevant to the position.
Salary Range: $35,000 – $58,400

Research Associate III : Master’s degree in Animal Sciences, Biology, or closely related field and 4 years of experience in research practices and protocols relevant to the position.
Salary Range: $39,300 – $65,500

Research Associate IV: Master’s degree in Animal Sciences, Biology, or closely related field and 6 years of experience in research practices and protocols relevant to the position.
Salary Range: $45,100 – $75,100

Education Level

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Excellent communication and organizational skills; familiarity/experience working in a laboratory setting.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include experience in Nutrition, Forages, and/or Meat Science

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$31,300 - $75,100

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature of the on-line application system and attach a cover letter and resume. Only COMPLETE application materials will be considered.

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Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
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  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Animal Sciences, Biology, or closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  5. * Please describe your related experience in detail and provide the job titles of the positions in which you obtained it. If you do not have related experience, please enter 'N/A'

    (Open Ended Question)

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