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Program Technician - Grain Processing and Post-Harvest Systems Engineering Program

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville Fayetteville, AR
  • Posted: 27 days ago
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**Posting Number** NCA253P

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**Working Title** Program Technician - Grain Processing and Post-Harvest Systems' Engineering Program

**Position Number** 17145

**Department** Food Science

**About the University**

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

The 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 (AAES) 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. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

**About the College/Department**

**Department Home Page**

**Job Type** Staff

**Summary of Job Duties**

Grain Processing and Post-Harvest Systems' Engineering Program: This program conducts basic and applied studies related to food, animal feed and pet food processing, safety and post-harvest systems' engineering. The successful candidate will work in an active research laboratory and pilot plant setting designed to study aspects related to on-farm in-bin drying and storage systems' management, mathematical modeling, optimization of novel food processes, grain quality and safety engineering, storage microbes, pests and mycotoxin management (detection, decontamination and detoxification), grain value added processing and processing byproduct utilization. The successful candidate will serve as the organizational manager of the laboratory, assist with experiments and support ongoing research projects. Responsibilities include: (Research 80%, Logistical Support 5%, Personnel Management 15%); Provide research related advice, support, and training to students (graduate and undergraduate); Making supervised decisions about lab operations and general maintenance of the lab; Monitoring Lab safety; Monitoring lab usage, maintaining laboratory stocks of reagents and consumables, keeping an inventory of lab supplies and ensuring this is reviewed and updated regularly.

**Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.**

Bachelor's of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering (or related engineering discipline), Food Science, Biology or related field required. Must be comfortable with using a computer as well as knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office suite software.

**Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)?** No

**If yes, please specify**

**Preferred Qualifications**

Have at least 3 years of directly related research experience (food processing and safety) in a laboratory or pilot plant setting

**Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)**

Desired qualifications include demonstrated knowledge of basic laboratory techniques as well as techniques specific to food processing and safety; the ability to work with people; potential to conduct publishable research either individually or as a team; be able to maintain a clean working environment; and use and manage a variety of scientific instruments. Applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

**Physical activities associated with this position**

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at.

**Physical Conditions** The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials.

**Work Schedule** M-F 8:00-5:00

**Overtime Eligible** No

**Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.** No

**Work Location/Building** Department of Food Science

**Benefits Eligible** Yes

**Appointment Percent** 50

**Salary** $17,000

**Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check?** Yes

**Does this position require a background check?** No

**If yes, please specify**

**Does this position require a substance abuse test?** No

**Pre-employment Screening Requirements**

Posting Detail Information

**Future Open Date**

**Close Date** 08/31/2019

**Open Until Filled** No

**Anticipated Start Date**

**Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)**

**Recruitment Contact Information**

Griffiths Atungulu -

**Special Instructions Summary**

**Hiring Location** 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

**EEO Statement**

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

**Internal Posting** No

**City, St.** Fayetteville, AR

**Supplemental Questions**

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

**Documents Needed to Apply**

**Required Documents**

1. Resume

2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)

**Optional Documents**

1. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

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