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Research Site Manager

About this Job:

Position Overview & Responsibilities:

Critical to the success of all research trials, this position has immediate responsibility for the implementation of research protocols and the daily care, maintenance and management of a wean-to-finish farm. Research and development is a critical area of the Christensen Farms organization in our continuous strive for excellence.

The research site manager will have the opportunity to manage one of Christensen Farm’s two research facilities, both located in Southcentral Minnesota.  One of these research facilities is a double-white tunnel-ventilated barn with 96 test pens and two separate air spaces, while the other is a triple-long curtain-sided barn with 96 test pens.  Four separate lines deliver water to each pen in each facility.  Each site has the ability to remotely mix and deliver feed of any quantity, from any bin, to any pen in the barns through a 16-bin system.  The newest research facility is the first in the U.S. to utilize the new, state of the art, AP EDGE controller.  The research facilities have capabilities to weigh pigs individually and by large groups/pens.  All of these key features allow us to evaluate the effect of the environment, water treatments and feed on Christensen Farms’ pigs.

Major Areas of Accountability:

General Production

Responsible for the care, maintenance and management of sites to include the following but not limited to:

  • Accurate and timely ordering and monitoring of feed in accordance with research protocols
  • Ordering and administration of medications, vaccinations and disease diagnosis
  • Cost control and keeping site expenses under control
  • Monitoring bio-security issues and maintaining bio-security control
  • Maintenance, site care, manure control and informing field operations of needed repairs
  • Inventory control feed, water, etc.
  • Barn preparation for new group of pigs
  • Loading and unloading pigs for transport
  • Power washing as required
  • Safe Data call in of production related information
  • Dead removal
  • Laundry and office care
  • Monitor and adjust ventilation as needed
  • Report information as requested (weekly, month end reports, etc.)
  • Timely euthanize pigs as needed
  • Perform preventative maintenance of all equipment
  • Organize and give direction to labor as needed
  • Timely response to barn alarms
  • Keeping the Production Service Manager informed on a timely basis in regards to scheduling, issues, time frames, commitments, production and human resource issues
  • Upholding company image and promoting it inside and outside the organization
  • Supporting and promoting company policies, procedures, and values.


  • Implement research protocols as defined
  • Maintain research equipment
  • Organize all trial information and ensure quality and accuracy of data collection
  • Collect data in an organized, detailed, and accurate manner
  • Weigh/count pigs on a regular basis as indicated in the research protocol
  • Input collected information into Excel and perform basic data summarization
  • Report events that deviate from normal operation and may affect results to research staff


  • Provides accurate and timely correspondence as required by Production Service Manager

The duties of this job require a high degree of skill in maintaining established standards of quality and accuracy. Drive, determination and a self-disciplined approach to achieving results that meet these established criteria are a necessity for successful job performance. At times, the work will require technical problem solving while working within approved organizational systems and technology. New ideas and concepts are important but will be carefully analyzed and tested before communication and adoption.

How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE or call 1-800-889-8531 for more information.

Or click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Christensen Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.

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