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Research Specialist

About this Job:

The Maschhoffs, the largest independent pork producer in the US, is looking for a Research Specialist for a portfolio of farms near Duquoin, IL.

Job Overview: The Research Specialist will have primary responsibility for executing research at a research technology center. The Specialist will be accountable for ensuring that the highest scientific standards are met within a dynamic commercial research environment, including the application of fundamental research principles and management of data integrity. Ultimately, the Research Specialist will be principal to the data gathered, informing subsequent decisions that deliver measurable value to the company while adhering to best in class quality and scientific standards.

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.
  • Routine weekend responsibilities for the execution of the daily SOP.
  • Utilize internal Performance Management tools to set goals, hold accountability and coach behaviors.
  • Execute Quality Management System procedures pertaining to research conduct
  • Ensure all practices are consistent with commonly accepted animal well-being standards, safe-guard the environment and ensure regulatory compliance.

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

Experience: 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:

Swine biology
Swine production management practices
Microsoft Office
Scientific research methods and standards
Basic statistics
Data collection methodology

Skill in:

Verbal and written communication
Research protocol execution
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
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

0-6 months
How to apply:

Please apply ONLINE ONLY by clicking HERE. You will be redirected to The Maschhoffs job search page. Please search for Requisition Number: 59962

We offer competitive wages and an exceptional benefits package. EOE