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South Dakota State University
Animal Science
South Dakota
Posted: 05/4/2021
Research Associate II - Monogastric Nutrition

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Department of Animal Science is offering two exciting career opportunities in Monogastric Nutrition. The Department of Animal Science is expanding its nutrition program by adding two Research Associate II Monogastric Nutrition scientists. Applicants with innovative research programs that complement or expand existing animal science research in the department will be given the highest priority. This is a 12-month, full time, benefit-eligible position with funding available for 1 year. Contract extensions will be available subject to the availability of funds. These positions are supervised by a faculty member and has an expected start date of June 2021.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The responsibilities of this position are 100% research. The successful candidates will be responsible for the development of an independent and nationally-recognized research program in the area of swine or poultry nutrition. The successful candidates will also be expected to function effectively on multidisciplinary and multi-species teams, develop collaborative relationships with faculty in the department and across the university, establish a strong relationship with producers and allied industry members, and develop and sustain a successful extramurally funded research program. The department focuses on the creation, development and distribution of basic and applied knowledge related to the biology and production of livestock, ranging in scope from the molecular to the applied level.


            · Ph.D. in Animal Science or closely related field with a focus on non-ruminant nutrition by the expected position start date.

· At least one year of experience in monogastric nutrition research.

· Post-doctoral or equivalent research experience.

· Potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program in swine or poultry nutrition or closely related discipline.

· Effective verbal and written communication skills.

· Potential to develop a nationally recognized research program in a core scientific discipline relevant to commercial swine or poultry production.

· Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively interact with diverse audiences.

· Must be able to become certified in Pork Quality Assurance within 30 days of employment.

· Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


· Research interests that align with current animal science research initiatives.

· Ability to work cooperatively with faculty, students, and industry to develop collaborative research and teaching programs.

· Potential to publish research.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 24, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Ryan Samuel at (605) 688-5165 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.