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Assistant Professor (Animal Welfare)

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor (Animal Welfare)

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Poultry Science

About the Department:

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science is a world-class program creating knowledge and solving complex problems as well as preparing students for careers in a global industry that’s growing rapidly as an expanding world population increases the demand for affordable protein.

The Department also is a leader in extension and engagement programs to farmers, allied industry and the public, and conducts internationally recognized research into the nutrition, genetics, reproduction, health, and management of poultry.

Essential Job Duties:

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare. This faculty position will be a 12-month, tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program in the field of animal welfare, well-being, and/or animal behavior. The incumbent should have expertise in the areas of the physiological and nutritional aspects of animal ethology, welfare or behavior. The position will be expected to develop relevant new undergraduate and graduate courses (applicable for students in both Poultry and Animal Sciences) in food animal welfare that will strengthen the curriculum. The position will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The position is expected to develop a record of nationally recognized and extramurally funded scholarship. This is a key position in our interdisciplinary research programs combining expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, stress physiology, genetics, disease, and nutrition to address critical issues in the animal industry.

The position will serve as the nucleus for many research efforts in the area of applied animal welfare within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The addition of this position and coordination with our other efforts and expertise will help make CALS a leader in assessing existing management systems and alternative management schemes, and in the development of new systems that promote economically sustainable animal welfare. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research and extension education program that addresses current and emerging issues in food animal welfare and will teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students. The position will develop a record of nationally recognized and extramurally funded scholarship. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses (applicable for students in both the Prestage Department of Poultry Science and Department of Animal Science in food animal welfare that will strengthen our curriculums. The position will also be expected to establish an active relationship with other faculty in CALS, county-based extension agents, leaders in food animal agriculture, the general public, and special interest groups to provide information and leadership related to welfare issues.

At NC State, our goal is to provide a truly inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment for all. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups. Fostering an environment that is welcoming of all groups is an expectation of this position.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Head.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in poultry science, animal science, animal ethology, physiology, or another closely related field.

Other Required Qualifications:

Training and experience in applied animal ethology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Documented record of poultry teaching, research, and scholarship.
  • Extensive training in animal welfare, applied animal ethology, integrated poultry production, and associated disciplines.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

The position will be required to travel to and from campus/labs and field site locations.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Statement of Research – restricted to 2 pages
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy – restricted to 1 page

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111901 - Poultry Science


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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