Animal Behavior & Well-Being Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Position Information

Position Information

Working TitleAnimal Behavior & Well-Being Assistant/Associate/Full ProfessorDepartmentAnimal Science-0830Requisition NumberF_190128Posting Open Date08/15/2019Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)10/16/2019Posting Close DateOpen Until FilledYesDescription of Work

The Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-Being will contribute to the integrated extension, research, and teaching land-grant mission of the Department of Animal Science and the IANR as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

This position will expand IANR’s extension, research, and teaching capacity in the rapidly-emerging field of animal behavior and well-being. The appointee will have statewide extension and research responsibilities in collaboration with other research and extension professionals. Extension responsibilities will include 1) lead the planning, development, and implementation of a state-wide beef cattle well-being extension program; 2) develop educational programs in animal behavior and welfare, including but not limited to field days, seminars, webinars, website content, smart phone apps, social media, on-farm demonstrations, and short courses; 3) document the impact of these educational programs; 4) communicate with state commodity organizations to identify producer needs and opportunities for collaborative outreach programs; 5) work with other specialists and educators to develop and implement programs offering professional development opportunities and certification programs for producers and welfare assessors; and 6) serve as a liaison between Extension Educators and the Department of Animal Science.

The individual in this position is expected to lead activities that directly serve animal behavior and well-being such as 1) developing ethograms to qualify/quantify behaviors; 2) validating technologies designed to measure species-specific behaviors that impact health, well-being, and productivity; 3) developing a program to improve resilience to stressors and immune-competence through housing, management, and feeding strategies; 4) addressing animal care and welfare-related topics that lead to management strategies to improve the well-being of beef cattle while sustaining production. Areas of research may include the identification of biomarkers that predict stress states or behavioral anomalies or documenting the impact of management changes on behavior in beef cattle and other domestic livestock.

As appropriate to the appointment, the incumbent will 1) develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized extension, research, and teaching program in Animal Behavior and Well-Being; 2) seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations, including effective integration with other animal scientists, animal behavioral scientists from the School of Natural Resources, veterinarians from the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center, scientists and engineers from Biological Systems Engineering working in precision livestock, and Extension Educators; 3) connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research, extension, and educational programming; 4) effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research, extension, and teaching activities; 5) mentor graduate students; 6) publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals; 7) participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and 8) translate research-based information into learner-centered products. Success in these responsibilities will include but is not limited to 1) creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; 2) identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; 3) measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and 4) mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

The incumbent will be expected to average 0.20 FTE in teaching as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines, and to teach Animal Welfare. Specific course assignments may change based on departmental needs.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Animal Science or closely related field, with the degree completed before employment begins, and knowledge of animal behavior and well-being are required. For the Associate or Full Professor level, a nationally recognized extension and research program in the area of animal behavior and well-being is required.

Preferred Qualifications

5 to 10 years of experience in academia or industry.

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