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Program Associate

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

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Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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POSC | Meat Quality

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Summary of Job Duties:

The individual will be expected to conduct and assist graduates students with research experiments in a muscle biochemistry laboratory. Research projects will also involve poultry processing, from the live animal to cooked products. The individual must be able to work with live birds and poultry slaughter/processing along with further processing of meat products. The individual must have a broad knowledge base of general chemistry, have basic laboratory skills, and be adept at using most laboratory equipment such as pH meters, spectrophotometer, and gel electrophoresis. The knowledge of biochemical techniques is desirable. The individual will be expected to supervise undergraduate student workers, maintain the cleanliness of the lab, maintain chemical and supply inventory, and maintain and operate lab equipment. The individual will also be expected to assist in preparing for undergraduate and graduate laboratories in courses related to poultry products. The individual should be able to effectively communicate, use Microsoft Office software, and be able to collect and maintain data for further analysis. Individual shall be able to conduct statistical analyses, prepare research reports, and research presentations. The individual should be able to conduct departmental events such as graduate and undergraduate student training, lab demonstrations (internal and external audience), tours, recruiting (e.g., graduate student recruitment), etc. Individual will be responsible for maintaining POSC kitchen and sensory lab including scheduling and conducting related events and research trials (sensory). Individual will also be responsible for maintaining the research kitchen at the pilot plant and conducting applied research studies at the pilot processing plant.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Science or other related sciences such as Animal Science, Food Science, Biology, and/or Food Technology, or a related subject plus three years of related experience or a M.S. degree in Poultry Science, Animal Science, Microbiology, or related subject.
  • Demonstrated laboratory research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background experience in poultry science, food science, and food technology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a willingness to work within a team.
  • Self-motivation, strong attention to details and ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

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Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Casey Owens | POSC Professor

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

No Background Check Required

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Reaching, Walking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Pulling, Pushing, Standing, Talking

Occasional Physical Activity:

Kneeling, Lifting, Repetitive Motion, Sitting

Benefits Eligible: