Research Scientist in Silvopastoral Systems

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Job Description

Provide research and outreach leadership to an established and innovative silvopasture program focused on understanding forage-tree-livestock interactions in the temperature-humid zone of the United States.  Existing research projects include multiple location, systems-level experiments where pine trees/hardwoods, livestock and forages are used to enhance farm profitability in the lower-Midwest.  Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and preparation research grants to provide additional program support for silvopasture projects is expected.  The Center for Agroforestry has a long history of collaboration between USDA ARS in Booneville, AR, the MU School of Natural Resources, and the MU Divisions of Plant and Animal Sciences and with other teams of scientists across campus and throughout the region.  The successful candidate will explore collaborative opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary silvopasture research projects including on station and on farm locations.   Accessible to the candidate are excellent laboratory and field research facilities (both on and off- campus research centers) within the Missouri Agricultural Experiment station network.   Initial appointment will be for one year, but renewable for an additional 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.


Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences or closely related field.  Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years of postdoctoral experience working with livestock on pastures. Effective oral and written communications skills are required.  The ideal candidate should possess a track record of accomplishments demonstrating technical proficiency, independent thinking, and scientific creativity.   The successful candidate is expected to publish peer-reviewed articles, present at scientific meetings, assist in the preparation of grant proposals and provide programmatic support for silvopasture research and outreach.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

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Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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Posted: 2/21/2017
Application Due: 4/22/2017
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