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Nutrition Research Specialist Duties

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This is responsible professional, administrative, and research work in the management and operation of a nutrition research laboratory. Work is performed under general direction of a professional policy committee and performance is measured by the observation of results obtained.


Plans and directs the activities of a interdepartmental laboratory engaged in animal, dairy, and poultry nutrition research.

Prepares and administers the budget.

Consults with laboratory users on the feasibility of various types of analysis in research planning.

Advises and assists laboratory users on analytical aspects in the preparation of journal articles and other publications.

Requisitions and maintains necessary laboratory equipment and supplies.

Maintains appropriate safety regulations and procedures and orients laboratory personnel in proper safety precautions and devices.

Serves on the animal nutrition policy committee and maintains appropriate committee records.

Implements new methods of analysis and research.

Hires, trains, and evaluates laboratory staff.

Maintains appropriate analytical and quality control standards.

Keeps abreast of new developments in analytical procedures and techniques.

Schedules samples and maintains cost records.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a masters degree in biochemistry and considerable experience in nutritional research including some supervisory laboratory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the field of clinical chemistry.

Considerable knowledge of clinical chemistry techniques, tests, and procedures.

Considerable knowledge of nutritional research developments, methods, and techniques.

Knowledge of research methodology.

Knowledge of laboratory hazards and safety requirements.

Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others.

Ability to perform a wide variety of complex experiments and laboratory procedures.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others.



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