This will be a non-traditional position involving management of a biomedical swine facility in conjunction with conducting independent research along the lab-groupâs focus in reproductive physiology.
The person selected will be responsible for the general care and welfare, as well as medical management (in consultation with ISU veterinary staff) of the pigs maintained at the Zumwalt Biomedical Swine Facility at Iowa State University. We maintain unique genetic lines of pigs at this facility for our own and collaborative projects. The person in this position will plan and manage the breeding program at this facility to produce the requisite number and genotype of pigs needed for the different projects. Experience in farm practices such as estrus detection, semen collection, processing and evaluation, natural and artificial insemination, management of gestating and farrowing dams, neonate care and piglet processing, among other barn maintenance jobs is highly desired for this aspect of the position. You will work with and manage a group of undergraduate students assigned to daily management of the facility to maintain high swine care standards in compliance with IACUC, USDA and NIH regulations.
The other aspect of this position will involve conducting independent research by working on and leading other projects in the lab. You will work with a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, and research associates. You will aid in identifying, developing, and executing methods to accomplish the overarching research goals of the Ross lab to understand disturbances in reproductive performance of pigs and investigate mitigation strategies. As part of this focus, we conduct basic research on understanding whole animal, ovarian, uterine and conceptus pathophysiology in times of thermal stress, produce biomedical pig models using gene editing technology, and conduct applied research with our industry collaborators. Experience in RNA, DNA and protein isolation techniques, PCR (all types), immunoblotting techniques, immunohistochemistry, CRISPR-Cas9, ELISA, cell and embryo culture, and microscopy skills are relevant to aspects of our program and are desired. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
We are looking for a passionate and sincere researcher with the willingness and ability to consolidate, interpret, and prepare data for publication. The selected applicant will supervise lab activities and train students; hence we expect excellent organizational skills, outstanding written and oral communication, and the ability to work as a team member but also independently in a leadership role.
Required Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in biological sciences.
Experience in mammalian reproductive physiology and/or molecular biology related experience in a research laboratory.
Experience using software such as SAS to analyze small and large data sets.
Experience in RNA, DNA and protein isolation techniques.
Experience working with pigs and/or other domestic agricultural animals in research.
Proposed Start Date:
March 9, 2020
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
March 9, 2021
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Original Posting Date:
February 14, 2020
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