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South Dakota State University
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Posted: 04/26/2023
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Mammalian Physiology

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) Department is offering an exciting career opportunity in a tenure-track faculty position in Veterinary Science/Physiology. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in fulfilling the teaching and research missions of the department. This is a 9-month, 100% time, benefit eligible position. The qualifications, documented experience, and interests of the selected candidate will determine appointment rank. This position is supervised by the VBS Department Head.

The department has a strong commitment to teaching and the successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to that mission with approximately 40% or greater time devoted to teaching. The primary instructional focus will be teaching physiology courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional program levels. Teaching ability in at least two to three additional areas of the basic sciences and/or veterinary sciences is highly desired, and areas may include but are not limited to: anatomy of domestic animals, embryology, epidemiology, infectious diseases and zoonoses, biochemistry (cell and molecular biology), microbiology, virology, pharmacology, microscopic anatomy (histology), critical scientific reading, or other closely related disciplines. The candidate will also advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain a funded and/or collaborative research program with between 20-60% research expectation. Research programs could encompass basic or clinical veterinary sciences and/or address production animal agriculture topics within a specific area of expertise, as examples. With a significant research appointment, the candidate will be expected to develop and manage a successful graduate program. Ample opportunity exists to collaborate with existing department and university faculty.

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 primary responsibilities of this position are: to teach domestic animal physiology to undergraduate and graduate students; participate in research as a collaborator or establish an extramurally-funded research program; and advise and/or mentor undergraduate and graduate students at SDSU.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Veterinary Science or Animal Science), or related field; OR D.V.M. with additional graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D) in an appropriate discipline is required by the start date;
  • Ability to teach domestic animal physiology courses to undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Ability to develop a collaborative or independent research program;
  • Knowledge of production animal agriculture, or related area;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and organization and time management skills, and ability to work as a contributing team member.


  • D.V.M. with additional graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Veterinary Science, Biomedical or Life Sciences, or Animal Science or related field;
  • Teaching expertise in physiology at the undergraduate, graduate and/or professional (D.V.M.) program level;
  • Experience mentoring graduate and/or professional (D.V.M.) students;
  • Research collaborations and development of grant funding proposals;
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.


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.

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 May 26, 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, Research Statement (limit 1 page, attach as writing sample), Teaching Statement (limit 1 page, attach as other) 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 Dr. Beverly Cassady at (605) 688-5171 or Beverly.Cassady@sdstate.edu OR Dr. Eric Nelson at (605) 688-5171 or Eric.Nelson@sdstate.edu

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.