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Extension Program Specialist in Meat Science Ames, IA



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Extension Program Specialist in Meat Science

Employing Department

Animal Science

Appointment Conditions

Term, Full Time, Appointment ending 06/30/2014 with the possibility of renewal.

Proposed Start Date


Job Description

The Department of Animal Science is seeking applications for an Extension Program Specialist II who will serve the Meat Lab under the general supervision of Dr. Joe Cordray, Professor and Extension Meat Specialist.

Responsibilities of this position include planning and conducting seminars, short courses, workshops, training sessions and industry meetings. Other responsibilities include the development and dissemination of educational materials related to meat science, meat technology and food safety. Significant participation in the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships Grant is expected, including working with Iowa meat processors on all aspects of their business. The duties of this position will also include one-on-one consultations with program attendees, meat industry clients and other interested parties, review of research projects, literature reviews, and development of grants for external funding.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with strong problem-solving capabilities. The candidate will also be a motivated self-starter with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team made up of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students and outside clientele.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science or related field and two years of related experience OR Master's degree Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science or related field and some experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science or related field.
Experience with grant writing.
Experience contributing to journal articles.
Prior experience in meat industry short courses.
Experience with or knowledge of processed meat production
Experienced in beef and pork carcass evaluation.


Minimum $33,676; commensurate with qualifications

Special Conditions

This position requires valid driver's license by employment start date.

All accrued vacation must be taken during the term of this appointment. Unused vacation will be forfeited upon resignation or termination from ISU.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email Matt Wenger at or call 515-294-9279.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

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Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action employer and will take action to ensure that employment practices are free of discrimination. Iowa State University is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 3280 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.


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