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South Dakota State University
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Posted: 02/21/2023
Assistant Professor

South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Assistant Professor in bison research and teaching. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position with a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment. The home department within the College will be dependent upon the successful candidate’s area of expertise and could include: Animal Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, or Natural Resource Management. SDSU is home to the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies (“Bison COE”), which was founded in 2020 in partnership with the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation. The mission of the Bison COE is to facilitate the health, production and sustainability of bison herds and the grasslands they inhabit. Researchers contributing to the Bison COE enjoy partnerships with several bison producers to conduct research across the region. Furthermore, this position is supported in part by the Turner Institute of Eco-agriculture (“Turner Institute”). SDSU and the Turner Institute have an established collaborative research partnership. As part of this appointment, the successful candidate will work within this collaboration to develop and implement research and education programs that support the collective missions of the Turner Institute and the SDSU Bison COE.South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, nationally recognized bison research program that contributes to the collective goals of the Bison COE and the Turner Institute. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to: bison health, disease, nutrition, ecology, or production management. Successful grantsmanship and participation in multidisciplinary and multi-state activities will be expected. This position will develop and deliver bison coursework consistent with his/her area of expertise and contribute to departmental teaching needs. The successful candidate is expected to develop an undergraduate introductory bison course in addition to an upper level undergraduate or dual undergraduate/graduate bison course in an area of expertise. Courses will be taught in-person with online opportunities also available. This position will be located on the SDSU campus in Brookings, SD. Distance technologies connect campus faculty with remote SDSU sites, including the Bison COE, which is located in Rapid City.


  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Natural Resources Management or closely related field with an emphasis or interest in bison and/or large ruminant livestock completed by date of appointment;
  • Relevant research potential;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Expertise in bison research.
  • Expertise in animal biology, ecology, health, nutrition, management, and/or conservation with a keen interest in focusing on bison.
  • Hands-on experience working with bison and knowledge of the bison industry.
  • Relevant postdoctoral work (research and/or teaching).
  • Teaching experience.
  • Ability to collaborate in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication.


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 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University 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 of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State 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. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences houses six academic departments in addition to both SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

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. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated 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 March 23, 2023.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, 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, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon 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 university policy 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 Kristi Cammack at kristi.cammack@sdstate.edu or 605-394-2236.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.