Poultry Research Assistant

Devenish Overview

Devenish Nutrition is a global Agri-Technology company specializing in animal nutrition. At Devenish, we strive to be an innovator in animal nutrition by providing a wide range of products and services. Our company is dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of quality premixes, pre-starters, starters and concentrates together with specialty products and solutions. Our principal objective is to develop strong relationships with customers, suppliers, managers and staff while creating value with every interaction.

The strength of our team covers primarily the Swine, Poultry and Ruminant species. Our approach is to continually develop solutions to the rigorous and unique demands of the livestock nutrition market. Our focus is to address the specific challenges faced by each operation. Through research driven products and services, we strive to bring value while driving performance and profitability for our customers.

For more information about Devenish Nutrition, please visit online at www.devenishnutrition.com


The Poultry Research Assistant will work closely with our Poultry Research Manager, and will interact directly with all members of our research, marketing & product development teams. This position will be responsible for supporting all aspects of our internal and external research functions for broiler, turkey & layer opportunities. This full-time position will be based at our Corporate Headquarters in Fairmont, MN.


  • Generate and deploy Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure standardized, high quality Research Farm Management in accordance with the currently accepted Best Practices (all areas of the Farm Operations)
  • Enforce, audit, and review, as needed, the execution of the Research Farm Operational SOPs
  • Manage Research Farm Managers to ensure correct SOP and trial conduct
  • Supervise the Research Farm personnel training to ensure all Research Farm Management SOPs animal trial protocols and requirements are followed
  • Ensure the standardized and traceable data management (Research Farm Operations and animal trials)


  • Assist with determining research objectives with the Nutrition Team
  • Generate a trial protocol to meet the commercial and scientific expectations of each trial
  • Communicate with purchasing, production and logistics for upcoming trial needs


  • Formulate efficient diets to meet treatment expectations and ensure they are set up properly for production
  • Calculate diet requirements for each treatment to aid in coordination of ingredient procurement requirements
  • Coordinate labeling, production & logistics of trial product
  • Ensure proper data is being recorded and collected according to the trial protocol


  • Collect, summarize, and provide recommendations for all data collected during the trial
  • Generate a standard trial summary report to be shared and critiqued by the Nutrition Team
  • Support marketing with trial data as approved by the Nutrition Team


  • Masters or Doctorate degree in Poultry Animal Science or related field is preferred
  • Strong knowledge of formulation & statistical analysis software programs (Brill, Concept 5, SAS, etc)
  • Exceptional time management, self-motivated and desire to work individually & as part of a team
  • Analytical & commercial mindset with excellent communication skills


  • Initial base salary of $45,000-$70,000 based on qualifications and experience
  • Health Insurance & H.S.A. Contribution – No Cost to the employee and Low Cost for any family members
  • Life Insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance – No Cost to the employee
  • 401k Retirement Plan with company match
Guidelines for Applicants:
To apply for this position, please contact us and submit a resume on or before March 31, 2020.

Please email your information to melvin.ruppert@devenish.com or mail it to:

Devenish Nutrition, LLC
Attn: Melvin Ruppert – HR Manager
2320 Lake Avenue
Fairmont, MN 56031