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Research Technician

Research – WASHINGTON, Iowa
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title:  Research Technician

Department/Location of Position:  Swine/Washington, IA

Position Reports To:  Research Manager

Salary: Dependent on experience of candidate


Job Duties & Accountability:

Typical Duties of the Research Technician include:

  • 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
  • Assist with the execution of all daily activities at the facilities
  • Maintain cleanliness of the facilities (inside and outside, laundry, office, feeding systems, etc.)
  • Maintain research equipment
  • Aid in prevention & responding to alarms that can occur any time of day or night
  • Rotating routine weekend responsibilities for the execution of the daily SOPs
  • Understand that extended hours may be needed on processing days such as: allotting, weigh days,      marketing, trial setup, or due to equipment failure
  • Maintain quality 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
  • Ability to learn and perform system SOPs related to the production system
  • Ability to learn and perform basic diagnostic work and sample collections
  • Ability to learn and maintain ventilation controllers
  • Perform general site and equipment maintenance
  • Inventory management and supply ordering
  • Obtain or have PQA and TQA certifications


Minimum Qualifications


<!-- [if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Minimum of Associates Degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Business or a related field. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience preferred


<!-- [if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]--> No previous research experience required. An internship or minimum experience of at least two years in swine production or research is preferred



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Animal biology with emphasis on production management practices used for swine
  • Brenneman Pork and the company’s core values
  • Microsoft Office
  • Scientific research methods and standards
  • Basic statistics
  • Data collection methodology

 Skill in:

  • Verbal and written communication
  • Research protocol execution and data collection
  • Budget and time management
  • Swine/animal husbandry
  • Critical thinking and informed decision making
  • Results oriented

 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, external partners, and co-workers in a professional, courteous manner
  • Be creative and champion change while always adhering to research standards
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Multi-task while remaining organized
  • Listen and accept coaching from peers and managers
  • Execute research protocols according to the 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


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