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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670010050 Animal Sciences & Industry
Job no: 516431
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Animal Sciences / Livestock
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

This position will function as part of the KSU Beef Cattle Research Center by conducting research and basic maintenance operations with undergraduate and graduate students related to growing and finishing cattle health and nutrition management.

60% This position must be able to independently conduct and direct subordinates on specific tasks and ensure that all cattle are fed and water is available. All cattle are evaluated for potential illness, removed if necessary, appropriately treated as per protocol and returned to the correct pen.

This position will ensure that all research data are correctly collected, entered collected, entered into a spreadsheet and summitted for analysis.

30%  This position will ensure that the unit is in compliance with Institutional Care and Use Requirements and oversee the daily care of esophageal, ruminally and/or intestinally fistualted cattle located at the facility.
This position will be able to communicate with cattle owners as needed and generate invoices in a timely manner.

10%  This position will order feed supplies and process hay in a timely manner, The incumbent may be expected to recruit and interview undergraduate students for labor and mentor their development in skills.

Why Join Us: Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Animal Sciences or closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in livestock facility operations and maintenance
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cattle and to conduct work in the field for extended periods of time.
  • Proficiently with MS Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of light weight, and feedlot cattle health and nutritional management in pen environments
  • Mechanical and welding experience
  • Heavy Equipment experience
  • Basic engine and mechanical maintenance experience
  • Experience with feed processing, especially steam flaking of grains
  • Experience with feed management, including bunk calls and diet preparation.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. KSU online Page Up application
  2. Detailed Resume
  3. List of three references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.



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