A full-time position at the Researcher 6 level is being offered at the University of Minnesota – Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca, MN. The Southern Research and Outreach Center is located 75 miles southeast of St. Paul, MN. The facility consists of an 800-sow farrow – wean unit, 320 unit nursery, 640 unit wean to finish building and a metabolic facility with a surgery room and 36 metabolism accommodation units.
The duties and areas of responsibility in this position include research coordination and management (90%) and public relations, outreach and education (10%). The research coordination and management includes research activities for a program of nutrition and environmental management to improve quality and production of swine and using the pig as a model for immunological and physiological studies. Research activities include evaluation of: (1) novel feedstuffs for efficient swine production (evaluation procedures include growth performance, nutrient balance studies and gastro-intestinal cannulation); (2) minimizing hunger in group-housed gestating sows through modification of the feeding regime; and (3) projects exploring the interaction between nutrition, housing, welfare and productivity of sows. There are collaborative research activities with the Departments of Animal Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Soil, Water and Climate, Veterinary Population Medicine, Surgery, and Bio-products /Biosystems Engineering.
Candidates with experience and training in nutrition, nutrient metabolism and studies with swine with demonstrated analytical, animal surgical and metabolism skills will be an asset.
Advanced degree in animal nutrition or animal production management with knowledge of nutrition, nutrient metabolism, swine behavior and welfare or a closely related discipline with a substantial research and publication record.
M.S. /PhD in swine nutrition or swine production management with knowledge of swine production, nutrition, nutrient metabolism, or a closely related discipline is required.
A comprehensive knowledge of, and research experience in, different swine production systems are highly preferred.
Candidates with demonstrated research ability and publications, oral and written communication skills, laboratory procedures including supervision of professional and non-professional personnel, and computer and internet skills will be given preference.
Candidates with experience in grant writing and conducting externally funded projects will be given preference.
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