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Senior Research Associate Food Sciences/Analytical Food Safety

Employer
Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 6, 2024
TITLE: Senior Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Land Grant Program

REPORTS TO: PI,-Associate professor, Food Safety, Fermentation and Distillation Sciences, College of Agriculture, Communities and Sciences (CACS)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Position will Remain Open until Filled

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time.

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY:

Under direction of the PI, performs a variety of work with Administrators and staff in developing, implementing and managing research program in the area of food, food safety, health and biosecurity, mentor, supervise and lead graduate and undergraduate students in their research activities using cutting-edge techniques, lead and implement USDA 1890’s Evans-Allen research grants and projects. This also includes with federal funded 1890’s Capacity Building Grants ..

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist the PI in developing research proposal and peer reviewed manuscript. Review graduate research theses and student presentations. Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects. Data collection, management, analysis and visualization. To assist faculty/staff in conducting research in coordination with faculty/staff in Food & Nutrition Science, Food Microbiology/ Chemistry as well as Molecular Biology and Occupational Health. Assist CACE faculty and staff in using research equipment. To support and participate in extension and outreach activities related to CACE. Maintain laboratory and manage inventory. Data analysis. Prepare annual and quarterly reports for research projects. Prepare and monitor budget usage to maintain experiment and lab supplies. Other related duties as required.

OTHER DUTIES:

• Work with Administrators and staff in developing, implementing and managing research program in the area of food, food safety, health and biosecurity.

• Mentor, supervise and lead graduate and undergraduate students in their research activities using cutting-edge techniques.

• Lead and implement USDA 1890’s Evans-Allen research grants and projects. This also includes with federal funded 1890’s Capacity Building Grants.

• Assist the PI in developing research proposal and peer reviewed manuscript.

• Review graduate research theses and student presentations.

• Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects.

• Data collection, management, analysis and visualization.

• To assist faculty/staff in conducting research in coordination with faculty/staff in Food & Nutrition Science, Food Microbiology/ Chemistry as well as Molecular Biology and Occupational Health.

• To assist CACE faculty and staff in using research equipment.

• To support and participate in extension and outreach activities related to CACE.

• Maintain laboratory and manage inventory.

• Data analysis.

• Prepare annual and quarterly reports for research projects.

• Prepare and monitor budget usage to maintain experiment and lab supplies.

• Other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• MS in Food and Nutritional Science or related field (2-5 years’ experience).

• Must have knowledge of advanced molecular techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis.

• Must have working knowledge of specialized analytical chemistry, especially in Chromatographic techniques such as High-Performance Thin layer Chromatography and Spectrophotometry.

Licensing and Certifications:

None specific.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

• Organizing and coordinating skills.

• Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.

• Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.

• Word processing and/or data entry.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments.

• Records maintenance skills.

• Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.

• Ability to perform simple accounting procedures.

• Skill in the use of operating basic office equipment.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

This position does have supervisory responsibility.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office/lab work environment.

• No or very limited physical effort required.

• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform. The College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences strives for inclusive excellence and is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to this effort through their research, teaching, and/or Extension programs.

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