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Swine Research Specialist

About this Job:

The Swine Research and teaching Center (SRTC) for the department of Animal Sciences is looking to fill a position to support the experimental demand of the operation from approximately 25 PI’s and 4,000 research animals annually. The ideal candidate will have experience with research facilities, data collection, and statistical analysis. Must be able to independently resolve issues, troubleshoot problems, and work as an integral part of a team. Excellent oral and written communication skills, consistent attention to detail in performing job duties according to standard operating procedures, and strong organizational skills are required. Must be comfortable working with electronic databases. Knowledge and competency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and online protocol submission, highly preferred.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

DUTIES:

30% Work in conjunction with researchers to establish needs and criteria for experiments in swine and large animal research. This includes:
– Initiating thorough medical and observation records and procedures.
– Develop and implement record tracking of procedures, genetic edits, animal propagation and experimental outcomes.
– Demonstrating effective use of communication skills to address and resolve area problems.
– Providing consistent communication to PI’s, veterinary staff, and supervisor of animal and project status.
– Monitoring use and ensure proper accounting of supplies; recommending ideas to reduce costs and maintain security of supplies.
– Experimental protocol development, amendments, and adherence.
– Coordinate the record-keeping of animal related issues in accordance with UW and AAALAC requirements.

25% Research and Animal Management
– Schedule and oversee swine projects regarding nutrition, reproductive physiology, and cardiovascular research to determine their specific requirements for animals, facilities, and equipment.
– Collection of research data in response to research protocols, track research processes, ensure disease prevention of animals, make appropriate adjustments and report and record data.
– Provide surgical assistance for pre-, peri-, and post-operations.
– Experimental protocol development, amendments, and adherence.

20% Operation Administration
– Analyze animal sales statistics and monitor expenditures and revenues.
– Assist in facility and land management including identification of repair needs to ensure compliance with UW Safety and animal welfare committees and AAALAC accreditations.
– Conduct facility tours for student groups and visitors including providing current animal husbandry and research project information.
– Investigating new ideas and suggested solutions.

20% Participate in SRTC herd husbandry and management.
– Coordinate herd serology tests
– Assist with planning and scheduling of research trials, animal flow and animal sales
– Perform cleaning of animal areas and equipment to ensure sanitization meets established standards.
– Assume responsibility for the daily operation of the unit in the absence of the supervisors.
-Set up rooms for housing different aged swine according to research and instructional protocols.
– Perform various animal handling operations including but not limited to weighing, sorting, loading, and vaccinating.
– Perform new born piglet care and procedures.
– Complete daily cleaning, feeding, and monitoring of animals of all ages.
– Monitor and adjust environmental conditions for animals according to facility Standard Operating Procedures, researcher, or veterinarian instructions.

5% Other
– Analyze research projects to determine staffing and facility needs.
– Assist with supervision and provide training to staff and student positions.
– Assist with on-the-job training and retraining of new and incumbent ARTs and student hourly employees.
– Ensure staff are following SOPs, as well as written and verbal rules and instructions regarding operation procedures.

Requirement:

Bachelors Degree in Animal Science, Biology, or related
– or – Associates Degree with Certified Veterinary Technician license and a minimum of 2 years experience in animal research.

Either a minimum of 1 year of undergraduate animal research experience as part of a bachelors program or a minimum of 2 years of prior animal research experience.

Salary:
Salary and title will be based on prior experience.
How to apply:

Please apply online by clicking HERE.

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