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Research Specialist Animal Science

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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NDSU Department of Animal Sciences and Central Grasslands Research Extension Center is looking for an individual who can perform the following.

Duties include:
  • Contribute to all aspects of research related to reproduction and developmental programming in livestock. (experimental design, planning, scheduling of major project activities, grant document preparation, regulatory paperwork, abstracts, research reports, and all stages of manuscript preparation and submission, dissemination of data to producer and scientific communities)
  • Perform data analysis on traditional research models and bioinformatic analysis of sequencing data (i.e. RNA-seq, miRNAseq, etc)
  • Organize laboratory layout, equipment, workflow, SOPs, and other needs for newly developed cattle production laboratory at CGREC
  • Develop appropriate procedures for new data collection, processing, and analysis techniques, write and maintain standard operating procedures
  • Coordinate the regulatory, delivery, and processing workflow of samples with laboratories both at NDSU and other domestic and international laboratories and assist with workflow as needed
  • Develop and coordinate physical and electronic systems to promote accessibility of project-related documents to project participants
  • Organize, synthesize, and analyze production records for a commercial herd of beef cattle (consisting of approximately 450 breeding age cows and all associated young stock). Develop system to track inventories and standardize necessary and appropriate data collection at key physiological stages
  • Work outside of university hours and at multiple research and training locations as needed

Minimum Qualifications:
  • M.S. in Animal Science or related field
  • Documented experience with the analysis of large datasets
  • Experience with sample collection in large animal research models
  • Experience with project management and personnel training
  • Experience with scientific writing in the field of animal science
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and as a team

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in animal science or veterinary medicine
  • Experience developing laboratory layout, equipment calibration and optimization, and writing/maintaining standard operating procedures
  • 10+ years of project management and personnel training and mentoring experience
  • 10+ years of data analysis experience

  • $50,000+ depending on experience


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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