Research Engineer III - National Poultry Technology Center

Auburn University
Auburn University, Auburn
$45,100 - $75,100
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 19, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


Research Engineer III - National Poultry Technology Center

Job Summary

The National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Research Engineer III.

This is a three year limited term appointment. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

Essential Functions

The National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Research Engineer III. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Aid in the planning, coordination, delivery of outreach and Extension educational services, events, and projects for the NPTC related to commercial poultry growers, poultry farms, housing systems, and equipment systems; Maintain and service the NPTC demonstration and teaching building, support structures and equipment as well as teaching and research equipment; coordinate NPTC building purchases and payment of invoices; maintain NPTC databases; coordinate the development and distribution of NPTC educational materials; assist in performing program evaluations; develop, construct, and coordinate systems to monitor and collect data from research projects and poultry grower farms; Calibrate research equipment and test meters; Summarize and analyze research data while assisting with the preparation of research reports, professional papers, and manuscripts, and grants; Develop and make presentations and participate in professional meetings and conferences; Prepare reports for faculty, administrators and stakeholder/clientele groups; assist in developing marketing plans and publicity materials; and perform other duties as assigned.

May supervise employees but supervision is not the main focus of the job.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Agricultural, Biosystems, Biological, or other closely related Engineering field.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience in engineering and research practices/principles relevant to the position.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels


Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education Level

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study


Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience


Requirements for Additional Job Levels


Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

*Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills and technical excellence as well as having the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

*Must have a working knowledge of the US commercial agricultural industries.

*Must be able to safely use basic shop tools such as woodworking tools, battery powered drills and saws, metal working tools including metal shears and metal break.

*Must be able to lift at least thirty pounds and participate in construction projects at the NPTC facility and on cooperating poultry farms.

*Must be able to independently drive to events and farms to perform duties.

*Must be able to use infrared thermal imaging technology to diagnose housing and animal issues.

*Must be able to operate electronic controls commonly used in modern poultry facilities for operation and safety.

*Must have basic knowledge of biosecurity practices and procedures for farm visits.

Minimum Technology Skills

*Must have a working knowledge in Microsoft Office (power point, excel, word), and have a Basic understanding of drafting software (AutoCad or equivalent), data logging software and statistical software.

*Must have a working knowledge of using sensors/meters to measure physical/chemical properties and an understanding of how to calibrate sensors/meters.

Minimum License and Certifications

Valid driver’s license required.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include the following:

*Master’s degree in Agricultural, Biosystems, Biological, or other closely related Engineering field.

*Experience in stakeholder/client engagement and in providing technical assistance on live production issues; and experience writing and implementing technical information.

*Advanced knowledge of the US poultry industry including experience within the integrated company structure, commercial housing structures, feed and water equipment, environmental control equipment, animal husbandry practices, company and grower relations, and emerging trends; experience in applied poultry housing research and data collection; experience in educational programming related to commercial poultry growers, poultry farms, housing systems, and equipment systems.

Posting Detail Information

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$45,100 - $75,100

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional


City position is located in:


State position is located:


List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Must be able to lift at least thirty pounds

Posting Date


Closing Date


EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature of the online application system and attach a cover letter and resume. Only complete application packets will be considered for selection. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
    • AU Employment website
    • Employment websites (Indeed, HigherEd Jobs, etc.)
    • Veterans Assistance Services
    • Disability Assistance Services
    • Newspaper
    • Professional Journal
    • Listserv
    • HR email
    • Social Media
    • State Employment Service
    • Walk-in
    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Engineering that relevant to the area of research?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 2-3
    • 4-6
    • 7+
  5. * Please describe your related experience in detail and provide the job titles of the positions in which you obtained it. If you do not have related experience, please enter "N/A"

(Open Ended Question)


  1. * Do you have a valid Drivers License?
    • Yes
    • No