Assistant Professor, tenure-track (9-month) position with research and teaching responsibilities involving the microbiome of food animals. The position is in the Department of Animal Science (http://www.ansci.umn.edu), College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) (http://www.cfans.umn.edu/) and will begin fall 2017. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent as well as collaborative research program related to the role of the microbiome in food animal production, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and recruit and mentor graduate students.
The Department of Animal Science is seeking applicants who can establish and maintain an innovative, independent and collaborative, extramurally funded research program and contribute to the teaching and public service missions of the university.
Research – 70%:The successful candidate must develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program related to understanding how microbial communities impact animal health and production. The research topics associated with this goal include, but are not limited to, nutrient and fiber metabolism, prebiotic and probiotic effects, antibiotic growth-promoters, immune responses, and manure production, which affect production practices, nutrition, environment, disease management, well-being, and/or product quality and safety. The candidate should have the capacity to study the microbiome at a basic level and contribute to the integration of events with whole animal function. The candidate is expected to be a contributing member to the research programs within the Department, and collaborate with other faculty across the UMN as well as other scientists in the animal agriculture industry, universities, and state and federal agencies. The candidate’s research program is expected to achieve national and international recognition, support graduate student research, result in publications in relevant refereed journals and attract extramural funding.
Teaching – 30%: The successful candidate must develop a high-quality teaching program for a diverse community of students. Teaching responsibilities include developing and teaching an undergraduate course involving the microbiome of livestock and poultry or others in the candidate’s area of expertise, a graduate level course, and academic advising for undergraduate and graduate students in Animal Science. Participation in professional development opportunities supporting teaching and advising are required. Additionally, there is an expectation to provide outreach education to the agriculture and food industry, as well as government agencies on the relevance of the research program for enhancing food animal productivity and efficiency.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The 9-month salary can be supplemented through research and/or educational grants. Salary will be supplemented with 9 weeks of summer salary for the first two (2) years of the appointment to help establish a research program. Competitive benefits package includes employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, faculty retirement program, and opportunities for professional development, including sabbatical and semester leave. Benefits are described at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html
Ph.D. in a field related to intestinal and/or ruminal microbiome, human microbiome, microbiology, with expertise in bioinformatics.
Demonstrated ability to conduct research related to the microbiome.
Postdoctoral research experience.
Publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Grant writing experience.
Teaching experience and/or teaching training at the undergraduate level as part of the candidate’s graduate program.
Research experience in microbiome relevant to food producing animals and/or humans.
Evidence of securing grants.
Evidence of independent and collaborative research.
Experience and ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and multicultural environment.
Evidence of skills in curriculum development and use of innovative teaching methods and technology in teaching.
Experience supervising research personnel and advising graduate students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
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