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Research Specialist

About this Job:

The Maschhoffs, the largest family-owned hog production network in North America, is currently hiring a Research Specialist to work out of the JBS Plant in Beardstown, Illinois.

Job Duties & Accountabilities:

Typical Duties of the Research Specialist include:

  • Collaborate with internal and external Research and Operations staff to execute a research plan on time, of high quality, and within budget.
  • Assist in the collection of data as designated in study protocols.
  • Assist in daily site logistics for all pig and feed movements.
  • Perform routine maintenance and validation of research equipment.
  • Work with Production Operations staff to assist with the execution of all daily activities at the
  • facilities.
  • Maintain cleanliness of the facilities (inside and outside, laundry, office, feeding systems, etc.).
  • Respond to alarms that can occur any time of day or night.
  • Routine weekend responsibilities for the execution of the daily SOP.
  • Assist in recruitment and hiring of potential employees.
  • Utilize internal Performance Management tools to set goals, hold accountability and coach behaviors. Utilization of these tools along with completing the onboarding program will accelerate
  • the Specialist’s professional and personal growth.
  • Execute Quality Management System procedures pertaining to research conduct and ensure all practices are consistent with commonly accepted animal well-being standards, safe-guard the environment and ensure regulatory compliance.


Type of Degree: Minimum of Associates Degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Business or a related field. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred.


Number of Years: No previous experience in modern swine production or research required, but an internship of 6 months – 1 year in swine production or research is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Animal biology with emphasis on production management practices used for swine
The Maschhoffs and the company core values
Microsoft Office
Scientific research methods and standards
Basic statistics
Data collection methodology

Skill in:

Verbal and written communication
Research protocol execution
Budget and time management
Swine/animal husbandry
Critical thinking and informed decision making

Ability to:

Work both independently and in a team environment to accomplish goals
Communicate in a fashion that results in efficient, accurate execution of tasks
Work with internal partners and co-workers in a professional, courteous manner
Be creative and champion change while always adhering to research standards
Maintain confidentiality
Listen and accept coaching from peers and managers
Execute research protocols according to the Maschhoffs R & D quality standards
Pay attention to detail
Work on hard floors, stand for extended periods of time, and lift at least 50 lbs.
Work within a challenging environment at times.
Engage in self development

The Maschhoffs is an EOE and offers an exceptional benefits package.

6 months to 1 year
How to apply:

Please apply online by clicking HERE.