College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor - Animal Sciences,

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Precision Animal Management

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Proposed start date: August 16, 2019

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position: Assistant Professor, Full Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences, Agriculture and Biological Engineering, or a closely related technical field, a commitment to teaching, and an ability to establish an externally funded, internationally-recognized program of research.


The Department of Animal Sciences (ANSC) seeks to fill a position for an Assistant Professor in Precision Animal Management.

The Department of ANSC makes discoveries contributing to a safe, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food supply that enhances the well-being of humans and animals. Through internationally-recognized programs involving research, teaching, and outreach, our faculty are helping solve some of our world's greatest challenges. We invite candidates interested in conducting research on the relations and interactions between livestock species and their environment in collaboration with top-notch engineering and computer science expertise. Applicants should have a strong scholarly record of using applied data science techniques to ultimately improve welfare and production efficiency of livestock species and maximize environmental stewardship of agricultural operations. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with faculty and students of the department, the college, and the university in areas relevant to this position.


  • Integrate applied livestock management themes (e.g., housing, animal behavior, animal health, stress physiology) with cutting-edge techniques in data science (e.g., high-throughput phenotyping, data visualization, predictive analytics) to enable informed management decisions based on real-time data.
  • Advance the field of animal sciences through timely collection of accurate data at either the individual or population levels for developing regular monitoring and targeted management interventions for animal welfare, nutrition, and health as part of cost-effective production of high-quality animal products.
  • Engage in teaching appropriate courses in areas not limited to applied animal behavior/welfare/health and data science, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.

Location: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people.

Resources: The College of ACES ( is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science. Within the College of ACES, the Department of ANSC ( manages livestock farming operations and research facilities for swine, beef, dairy, and poultry species on approximately 1,100 acres of land known as the ACES South Farms, all conveniently located within 5 minutes of campus.

The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including the Institute for Genomic Biology (, Beckman Institute (, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (

Closing Date: November 2, 2018, though the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For initial consideration, applicants should create a profile at and upload (as a single PDF) a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (including future plans), a statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information, of three references. Reference letters will be requested for all submitted applications; referees will be contacted within 2-3 days of submission to provide this information. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Ryan Dilger, Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]; 217-333-2006) or to Dr. Rodney Johnson, Head of the Department, ([email protected]; 217-244-1681). Additional information about the Department can be found at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: 1-Faculty
Title: College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant Professor - Animal Sciences, Precision Animal Management (101744)
Open Date: 09/07/2018
Close Date: 11/02/2018
Organization Name: Animal Sciences





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Posted: 11/8/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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