Meat Biochemist

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Science & Technology, Agricultural Science & Extension
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a Meat Biochemist position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. This is a 9-month (academic year), tenure-track appointment with an apportionment of 75% research and 25% teaching.

The Meat Biochemist will use proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and/or transcriptomics to investigate meat at a molecular level to define biological mechanisms impacting the quality and/or nutritional value of meat. The Meat Biochemist will contribute to systems-wide collaborative beef research to connect the impacts of genetics, environment, management, and societal considerations on quality and nutritional value of beef products as part of the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Hub. Graduate student training will be an integral part of the duties and engaging undergraduate students in research is strongly encouraged. The incumbent will develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in Animal Science; will establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations which could include effective integration with faculty in Meat Science, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Biological Systems Engineering, Nutrition and Health Sciences and/or other scientists within the Stress Biology and Healthy Humans communities. Collaborations throughout the University of Nebraska system, including the UN Medical Center, and with external partners are encouraged. The Meat Biochemist will connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research and/or educational programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals; and participate in scientific meetings and other relevant professional activities.

The incumbent will instruct graduate and/or undergraduate courses in the Department of Animal Science or other related departments commensurate with their teaching appointment. The Meat Biochemist will teach ASCI 917- Advanced Meat Science and graduate or undergraduate courses related to area of expertise that complement the needs of the department. Specific course assignments may change over time based on Animal Science departmental needs. In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Required qualifications for this position are:

•             A Ph.D. in Meat Science, Animal Science, Food Science, Biochemistry, or relevant field of study.

•             Research experience in meat science and experience using advanced biochemical techniques such as proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and/or transcriptomics to investigate meat, livestock, or related biological systems.

•             Capability to teach related courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Preferred qualifications for this position are:

•             Extensive ability to engage in collaborative research.

•             Experience writing competitive federal grants.

•             Experience and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.

•             Experience in course design, development, and management at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

•             Excellent oral and written communication skills with emphasis on communication with a variety of stakeholders.

•             Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Animal Science are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.

Review of applications will begin December 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to, requisition F_210161. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see for guidance in writing this statement); 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references (or arrange to have reference letters sent to: [email protected]). 

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


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Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

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