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Montana State University Research Assistant II in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22090

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kerri Jones at 406-581-1785 or

Classification Title Research Asst II

Working Title Research Assistant II

Brief Position Overview

Under the supervision of Animal Research Manager and the Technical operations manager, the person in this position will perform duties relating to the care of livestock used in research and teaching. This is an entry level position, and we are willing to train anyone that does not have experience. Responsibilities include: feeding livestock; cleaning livestock pens, assessing health of animals; assisting with research procedures; related duties as assigned.

Position Number 4N0478

Department Microbiology & Cell Biology

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE


Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $17.752018 per hour

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology ( MCB ) is engaged in research, teaching, and service. The primary mission of MCB is to perform basic and applied research to achieve a better understanding of animal health and disease. Under the supervision of the Animal Research Manager, the person in this position will be responsible for the direct care of all livestock used for research and teaching. The facility manager is willing to train a willing candidate that may not be proficient in performing the responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Feeding livestock.

  • Cleaning pens

  • Daily health assessments of all livestock.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with animals.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. Ability to recognize illness in an animal.

  2. Experience handling bio-hazards.

  3. Experience safely operating sterilizers

  4. General knowledge of antibiotics.

  5. Ability to administer medications.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have the ability to work the necessary hours to successfully lamb or calve. i.e., nightshifts, weekends, holidays, etc.

  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.

  • Have knowledge of laboratory safety practices.

  • Be comfortable giving and receiving constructive criticism and feedback.

  • Have the ability to consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.

  • Operate work related equipment.

  • Have the ability to communicate effectively.

  • Be able to represent the department of Microbiology and Cell Biology and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Be accountable.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • The ability to move objects up to 75lbs.

  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement and extreme weather conditions typical of Bozeman, MT.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on December 14, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .