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Requisition Number 17-0019
Post Date 2/24/2017
Title Animal Scientist
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
The purpose of this position is to develop novel protein arrays that will enable researchers to discover immune pathways generated by sheep to resist parasitic infection, in hopes to develop novel strategies to mitigate parasite infection in sheep.

This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require general theoretical knowledge, as well as some judgement, resourcefulness and originality. Diverse guides and precedents are available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Work with established collaborators to develop and design a kinomic peptide array specific to sheep.
2) Validate the array in the context of an intestinal worm infection in sheep.
3) Utilize the array to determine immune activation pathways that are produced during early stages of infection.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Principal Investigator (PI). Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work and general instructions on new assignments. Will receive advice when a difficulty arises in a current project or situation. Offers input on determining methods or procedures. Sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in this role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur in this position.

Physical Demands
A high degree of physical coordination and manual dexterity is required for the accurate operation and maintenance of equipment, including visual inspection of small and delicate parts and samples. Position requires standing for long periods of time, lifting objects in excess of 75 lbs., bending and maneuvering in awkward positions and restricted places which require the need to climb, balance, stoop, crouch and crawl.

Work Environment
Works in an agricultural setting. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety precautions and procedures.

The following has been identified as possible job exposures of this position requiring WVU Environmental Health and Safety medical monitoring:
1) Animal Contact - direct exposure to vertebrate animals, animal tissues or research with body fluids or wastes
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Master’s degree in animal science, or related field;
2) 6 months - 2 years of animal research experience, including sheep handling
3) An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
2) Skilled in using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
3) Ability to analyze data and information, including identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assesses strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercises discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Education and/or Experience
1) A terminal degree is preferred.

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