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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Posted: 2023-11-03 19:25:56
Research Assistant Professor - Ruminant Nutrition

The Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a Research Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition. This 12-month (calendar year), non-tenure track appointment will have an apportionment of 60% research and 40% teaching. The successful candidate will assist ruminant nutrition faculty by leading a project area mutually decided by faculty and the candidate. The position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This research assistant professor will contribute to the integrated research teaching land-grant mission of IANR as an effective scholar and citizen.

Research Focus (60%)
The successful candidate will have the following research duties:

  1. Lead the Masters of Applied Science specialization in Beef Cattle Production and Minor in Beef Cattle Nutrition. Advise students enrolled in the specialization and minor (20%).
  2. Develop an extramurally funded research program in ruminant nutrition in accordance with the successful applicant’s expertise and university resources (40%). Possible areas of research include fundamental digestion and metabolism, forage chemistry, environmental impacts of beef cattle production, and feedlot production. The successful candidate will be expected to recruit and advise traditional graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) as a part of their research program.

 Teaching Focus (40%)
The incumbent will be expected to average .40 FTE as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines and will be responsible for teaching classes in nutrition and beef or dairy systems necessary to meet a 40% teaching appointment. The candidate will be expected to teach the following classes: ASCI 220, 2 credit Feeds and Feeding (taught in the fall); ASCI 422/822, 3 credit Advanced Feeding and Feed Formulation Class (taught in the fall); ASCI 806, 1 credit graduate seminar servicing the distance MAS program; and ASCI 905, 1 credit graduate industry seminar servicing the distance MAS program.

Other classes to fulfill the teaching requirement that may be taught based on the successful applicant’s expertise include: ASCI 453, 3 credit Advanced Dairy Management; ASCI 486, 3 credit Animal Biological Systems; ASCI 281, 1 credit sophomore fall class in the Krutzinger Beef Industry Scholars Minor; ASCI 924/AGRO 824, 3 credit forage evaluation for graduate students; and Administration of Engagement in Animal Science Pedagogy digital badge.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Animal Science.
  • Expertise in ruminant nutrition.
  • Familiarity with beef feedlot and/or dairy production in Nebraska and the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience, training, and/or working knowledge of the beef feedlot and/or dairy industry in Nebraska and the U.S.
  • Experience and/or training in developing a graduate research program.
  • Strong evidence of teaching experience and ability to teach nutrition courses that include in-person and distance students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of collaboration and working on collaborative teams.

Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Department of Animal Science are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective wellbeing and our ability to deliver on our mission.

Review of applications will begin December 6, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_230180.

Click “Apply for this Job,” and complete the faculty information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). See https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.