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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


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


·  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


Brenneman Pork offers a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, paid time off, and retirement plan.

Brenneman Pork is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

Our foundation is built on our Core Values:


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