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Research Assistant / Research Associate

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 17, 2024

Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number

Home Org Name
Poultry Science

Division Name
College of Agriculture

Position Title
Research Assistant / Research Associate

Job Class Code

Appointment Status

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Limited Term Length
1 year

Job Summary

This is a one year limited term position and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

The Poultry Science Department is seeking candidates for a Research Assistant/Associate position to assist with ongoing research activities in poultry behavior and welfare. Job duties include laboratory management (ordering supplies, maintaining compliance), research project management (preparation, animal care, and sample collection, training and advising students, arranging schedules), data management (organization, statistical analysis, and report preparation), and media communications for the laboratory.

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Essential Functions

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
  • Assists in the development of project proposals, plans, and protocols
  • Conducts routine or fundamental experiments, investigations, and/or studies related to programs and projects in pursuit of new knowledge, techniques, and concepts
  • Assists with logistical considerations to include equipment, materials, and labor needs
  • Collects data/samples related to others’ research and in routine cases
  • Assists in animal care when required
  • Records, compiles, processes, and analyzes data/samples
  • Documents results and observations in writing as well as via presentations
  • Manages and trains students in laboratory techniques
  • Assists in the preparation of research results for publication or presentation at conferences, this includes assisting in literature reviews and the writing of results and discussions
  • May perform media communications for the laboratory by maintaining the laboratory website and social media
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Research Assistant:
Level I: Bachelor’s Degree in poultry science, animal science, or other related fields including ethology, veterinary science, neurobiology, agriculture or similar; no experience required.

Level II: Bachelor’s Degree in poultry science, animal science, or other related fields including ethology, veterinary science, neurobiology, agriculture or similar and 2 years of experience relevant to the position.

Research Associate:
Level I: Masters degree in poultry science, animal science, or other related fields including ethology, veterinary science, neurobiology, agriculture or similar; no experience required.

*Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Substitutions Allowed For 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.

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to work with live birds and mammals.
  • Ability to work with animal tissues and organs, chemicals, and audio-visual equipment.
  • Knowledge of ethological and physiological laboratory techniques, procedures, and equipment used in agriculture research.
  • Ability to organize and run a research trial.
  • Proficiency in data organizational procedures in Microsoft Excel, Office, and other programs and ability to maintain detailed records.
  • Ability to run statistical programs such as SAS and R.
  • Ability to report and present data from research findings.
  • Willingness to work a varying schedule when required.
  • Proficiency in academic writing.
Minimum Technology Skills

Ability to communicate effectively and use Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Minimum License and Certifications

A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment is required.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range
$33,300 - $57,900

Job Category

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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.

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