This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position, available on January 1, 2021, with 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) responsibilities available in the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida (UF). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent, nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research program in ruminant nutrition (dairy/beef). The research program will capitalize on existing and emerging research areas in ruminant nutrition to improve the productivity and sustainability of ruminant production systems. The department is particularly interested in research areas including but not limited to nutritional physiology, ruminal microbiology, nutritional modeling, nutrigenomics, and metabolomics. The ideal candidate will complement existing programs in ruminant nutrition in the department. There are multiple opportunities for collaboration in the department and at various interdisciplinary programs including molecular and cell biology, veterinary medicine, microbiology, statistics, genomics, and across the university. The University of Florida host several core facilities such as Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) that provide a wide range of services to the investigators including bioinformatics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, metabolomics, electron microscopy, cytometry, DNA sequencing, gene expression, and genotyping.
In addition to establishing a productive research program, the successful candidate is also expected to engage in scholarly activity related to teaching, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in animal nutrition. It is also expected that the candidate will serve and chair graduate committees, supervise undergraduate, MS, and Ph.D. research and publish the results with their students. Other expectations include participation in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising, participating in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Final teaching responsibilities will be determined by the candidate’s expertise and instruction needs of the department.
Because of the UF/IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas – Research, Teaching, and Extension – regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.
Florida boasts large and vibrant beef, dairy and horse industries that have strong ties to research, teaching and extension programs within the UF/IFAS. The Department of Animal Sciences has an emphasis on the forage consuming species, particularly cattle and horses, and their products useful to humankind. There are significant strengths in the Department in the areas of physiology, nutrition, genetics, immunology, behavior, and meat science that will serve as fertile collaborative potential for the incumbent to this position. The Department also has substantial farm facilities for housing beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and pigs for use by faculty in research, teaching and extension efforts.
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in animal science, nutrition, or a closely related discipline is required. Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal relationships. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and have a commitment to the UF/IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Strong publication record in reputable peer-reviewed journals, strong evidence of pursuing/obtaining extramural funding, evidence of teaching and mentoring, and postdoctoral experience are desirable.
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by June 1, 2020. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:
Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals that will be willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Letters are not initially required, but may be requested by the chair of the search and screen committee following notification to the candidate.
Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.