Faculty Research Assistant
OSU Seafood Lab
The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fixed-Term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.
The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station/Seafood Research & Education Center (OSU Seafood Lab) is an off-campus unit of the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station and is located in Astoria, OR. The OSU Seafood Lab is the largest seafood research center in the nation with 4-tenure track Food Scientist that specialize in research and outreach that promotes product development, utilization, quality and safety of seafood. The OSU Seafood Lab facilities include 15,000 sq. ft. of state of the art laboratories, a pilot plant and office space dedicated to seafood research. We are located along the Columbia River with 5 small to large seafood processors in the immediate vicinity. All faculty at the OSU Seafood Laboratory are members of the OSU Department of Food Science & Technology and we have strong collaborations with our sister experiment station in Portland, the OSU Food Innovation Center.
This position is dependent on successful securing of contracts, grants, and training workshop income by faculty at the OSU Seafood Lab and by the successful candidate. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal, depending on the candidate performance and/or funding. The expected start date is July 1, 2020 or possibly earlier.
The Seafood Specialist will collect/provide objective, science-based information related to the OSU Seafood Lab mission. The Seafood Specialist will engage in scholarly activities, conducting research, contributing to and writing manuscripts; and outreach efforts. This position also involves communication and coordination for faculty led workshops and trainings. Additional activities include working with client-service programs on potential research and development projects/service fee contracts.
Conduct laboratory analysis including designing experiments, data analysis, and writing reports to cover a wide range of seafood research, including research and development (R&D), quality, food safety, etc.
Analyze data, conduct statistical analysis, summarize research outcomes, and establish reasoned conclusions.
Write materials that will be included in published works (scientific papers, reports, book chapters) and give presentations and conferences and workshops.
30% TRAINING and WORKSHOPS
Includes organization, coordination, recruitment and/or curriculum development for faculty led workshops and trainings at the OSU Seafood Lab.
10% LABORATORY MANAGEMENT
Assist with operation and use of all laboratory equipment. Train and supervise students; ensure laboratory cleanliness, periodic equipment inspection, preventative maintenance and performing basic laboratory analysis; perform statistical analyses of data using standard software programs; provide accurate and actionable reports with conclusions and recommendations from either research or service fee activities; and ensure projects are delivered to successful completion.
10% PILOT PLANT MANAGEMENT
Assist with operation and use of pilot plant equipment.
Supervise students, externs, and interns associated with the OSU Seafood Lab, including planning and assigning work.
5% OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
Other duties that may be assigned include tours of the Seafood Lab, public outreach, and service on institutional and unit committees, and to enhance efforts for OSU to be a more diverse, inclusive and equitable institution.
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