The Center for Dairy Research (CDR) is searching for a research specialist to provide analytical support related to dairy products. This position will perform various analyses (chemical, physical, and functional) of dairy products related to public and privately funded research projects. Independent analysis of samples, acquiring research data, data entry and review, summarizing findings, and informing the trial organizer (or principal investigator) of results/findings will be required. Products will be analyzed as scheduled through trial organizer. The research specialist will also assist with analysis method development in conjunction with CDR researchers/scientists. In addition, the research specialist will be required to attend to the maintenance of the various analytical instruments utilized for analysis of dairy foods and work directly with outside vendors to maintain analytical equipment. The research specialist will also train student hourly employees when required, and assist/participate in CDR short courses and meetings and seminars. This position is supported by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) and helps supports its goals and clients.
Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.
40% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
15% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
20% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
10% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
10% Trains staff, graduate students and student employees on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
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Required Bachelor's Degree B.S. degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food Science, or related field
Required: -Minimum of 1 years' experience working in an analytical laboratory setting. -Excellent communication skills. -Organizational ability to perform multiple tasks, focus on details.
Preferred: -Experience in the chemical analysis of foods using various analytical instruments is highly desirable. -Experience/familiarity with advanced techniques such as gas chromatography, ion chromatography, HPLC, molecular biology, and microscopy is preferred.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $45,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
How to Apply:
Please submit resume, cover letter and list of three references.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.