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Assistant Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist - Animal Science

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor & Extension Livestock Specialist - Animal Science

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Animal Science

About the Department:

The Department of Animal Science is a leader in extension and engagement programs in animal agriculture for farmers, allied industry and the public, and conducts internationally recognized research into the nutrition, genetics, reproduction, health and management of domesticated animals. Animal Science is the largest academic program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and provides instruction to over 850 undergraduate students, 80 agricultural institute students, and 90 graduate students.

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University seeks a highly-qualified candidate for an Assistant Professor / Extension Livestock Specialist in cattle breeding. This will be a 12-month, tenure track position with an 80% extension and 20% research appointment. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extension and applied research program focused on improving the North Carolina beef and dairy industries through genetic selection and the application of advanced reproductive technologies. The individual is also expected to develop and provide leadership for a nationally/internationally relevant extension program focused in the areas of cattle reproductive physiology, breeding, and quantitative genetics, or beef/dairy production management. A successful extension program will include state-of-the-art information/technology transfer for producers, county Extension personnel, other industry stakeholders, and collaboration with other scientists. In addition to new program development, this position will provide leadership to the NC Beef Cattle Improvement Program and directly interact with existing extension programs, such as the NC Beef System, Amazing Grazing, and NC Dairy Extension.

Key responsibilities include: conducting applied research studies and demonstrations on research stations and commercial farms, collaborating with Animal Science Extension faculty and other Extension Specialists and Agents in support of education and research programs, and leading state-wide short courses on artificial insemination and other reproductive technologies. The successful candidate will be responsible for obtaining extramural funding to support programs and will be expected to publish research and extension results in peer-reviewed journals and bulletins. Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to develop applied graduate-level courses in their respective field.

NC State is diverse because it is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect, and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and, it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community.

NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The recruitment, hiring, and retention of a diverse workforce are essential to the university’s pursuit of continued excellence and in keeping with its core mission and values. We are seeking candidates from a broad diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The selected candidate will be expected to promote a culture that is welcoming and inclusive of all groups.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Must have a Ph.D. in Animal Science or a related discipline with an emphasis in animal breeding and genetics and/or reproductive physiology.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have extensive knowledge of beef/dairy cattle management systems and industry needs.
  • The candidate must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills appropriate for producers, stakeholders and general audiences as well as students, faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a willingness to collaborate with the animal industry and documented success in research and cooperative extension programs.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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:

110701 - Animal 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. 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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NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

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NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

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NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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