Assistant or Associate Extension Professor in Animal and Food Sciences

Job description

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is seeking applicants for a 12-month, tenure track position (approximately 80% Extension, 20% Research) in the field of ruminant nutrition for the West Kentucky Research and Education Center located in Princeton, KY. Emphasis on ruminant nutrition with a particular focus on interactions with the immune system and disease challenge preferred, but other focal areas accepted. This position has the expectation for excellence in Extension programming working with a diverse clientele, including Kentucky beef producers, industry personnel and county Extension agents.

The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized Extension program with an emphasis on nutritional strategies to enhance beef cattle performance and health. Extension responsibilities include: developing and delivering scholarly educational materials and programs; technical support for county-based Extension agents, producers and/or allied industry personnel; seeking and procuring extramural funding; and additional service to the department, college and university. Additionally, the candidate will be the faculty supervisor of the Princeton beef research facility. The candidate will coordinate daily management as well as work collaboratively with campus-based faculty on research efforts while also developing an independent internationally recognized research program.

This position is housed at the West Kentucky Research and Education Center located off-campus in the western region of the state (Princeton, KY). The center is currently undergoing significant infrastructure improvements as the station becomes the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. Extension specialists and researchers from various departments are located on the station providing opportunities for inter-disciplinary research and Extension program development. Laboratory, office and meeting room spaces are undergoing improvements. An Angus/Brangus cow-calf herd, approximately 150 breeding females, is maintained for research at the Princeton station. A semi-confinement barn with Calan gates is available for feeding trials. A Calan gate system also allows pasture supplementation research to be conducted. Opportunities exist to collaborate and initiate research at the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles as well.

Applications should include a letter of interest, current CV, official transcripts, and statement of Extension and Research philosophy (upload under Specific Request 1), . In addition, please provide the names and contact information for five references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Application review will begin October 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquires to Dr. Jeffrey Lehmkuhler, Search Committee Chair, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky, 810 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., Lexington, KY 40546-0215. Phone: 859-257-2853. E-mail: [email protected]

Job Title
Assistant or Associate Extension Professor in Animal and Food Sciences

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Work Location
Princeton, KY

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Required Education

Ph.D. in Animal Sciences or related field

Required Related Experience

Expertise in beef cattle nutrition and/or health

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The successful candidate must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills; effectively engage in team environments with agents, faculty and clientele; demonstrated ability to supervisor others; and willing to assume leadership roles.

Preference will be given to those with excellent communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; evidence of scholarly productivity and grantsmanship; and desire to work with others on building an excellent Extension and research program.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Prior beef experience in beef cattle management is preferred.

Emphasis on ruminant nutrition with a particular focus on interactions with the immune system and disease challenge preferred.

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University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vita
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Academic Transcript
    4. Specific Request 1
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      Posted: 12/22/2018
      Application Due: 1/17/2019
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