U of M Position Openings

Assistant Professor
Food Animal Microbiome
Department of Animal Science – St. Paul, MN
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences


Assistant Professor, tenure-track (9-month) position with research and teaching responsibilities involving the microbiome of food animals.  The position is in the Department of Animal Science (http://www.ansci.umn.edu), College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) (http://www.cfans.umn.edu/) and will begin fall 2017. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent as well as collaborative research program related to the role of the microbiome in food animal production, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and recruit and mentor graduate students.

The University and Research Environment:

The University of Minnesota (UMN) is one of the top public research universities in the world. The UMN-Twin Cities campus is home to the CFANS, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Medical School, and the College of Biological Sciences which provide state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and resources necessary to support scholarship excellence of this position. The UMN is a participant in the National Microbiome Initiative and was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for its commitment to advancing microbiome research https://www.myscience.org/wire/white_house_ostp_recognizes_university_of_minnesota_for_commitment_to_advancing_microbiome_research-2016-umn.

This position will be a core component of the Integrated Animal Systems Biology Team (http://animalsystemsbiology.cfans.umn.edu/) in the Department of Animal Science, focused on integrating gastrointestinal physiology, metabolomics, functional genomics, microbiome, and applied nutrition to improve productivity of food animals. The University has established a strong core of faculty studying microbiomes and has developed new and novel tools to advance this important research area.

In addition, this position will involve research collaborations in the Food Centric Corridor, which is an interdisciplinary initiative among CFANS and CVM faculty focused on improving food animal productivity. Numerous UMN research centers provide opportunities and resources for collaboration including the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center, Swine Disease Eradication Center, Minnesota Obesity Center, Center for Genome Engineering, and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Animal facilities are located on campus and UMN Research and Outreach Centers including dairy, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, and rodents. Interdisciplinary internal and external collaborations among faculty from biological and physical sciences are encouraged to facilitate fundamental discovery of new knowledge and create pioneering technologies to improve productivity and efficiency of food animal production and develop novel treatments for prevention and treatment of disease and improve animal welfare.


The Department of Animal Science is seeking applicants who can establish and maintain an innovative, independent and collaborative, extramurally funded research program and contribute to the teaching and public service missions of the university.

Research – 70%:
The successful candidate must develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program related to understanding how microbial communities impact animal health and production. The research topics associated with this goal include, but are not limited to, nutrient and fiber metabolism, prebiotic and probiotic effects, antibiotic growth-promoters, immune responses, and manure production, which affect production practices, nutrition, environment, disease management, well-being, and/or product quality and safety. The candidate should have the capacity to study the microbiome at a basic level and contribute to the integration of events with whole animal function. The candidate is expected to be a contributing member to the research programs within the Department, and collaborate with other faculty across the UMN as well as other scientists in the animal agriculture industry, universities, and state and federal agencies. The candidate's research program is expected to achieve national and international recognition, support graduate student research, result in publications in relevant refereed journals and attract extramural funding.

Teaching – 30%:
The successful candidate must develop a high-quality teaching program for a diverse community of students. Teaching responsibilities include developing and teaching an undergraduate course involving the microbiome of livestock and poultry or others in the candidate's area of expertise, a graduate level course, and academic advising for undergraduate and graduate students in Animal Science. Participation in professional development opportunities supporting teaching and advising are required. Additionally, there is an expectation to provide outreach education to the agriculture and food industry, as well as government agencies on the relevance of the research program for enhancing food animal productivity and efficiency.



  • Ph.D. in a field related to intestinal and/or ruminal microbiome, human microbiome, microbiology, with expertise in bioinformatics.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research related to the microbiome.
  • Postdoctoral research experience.
  • Publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Teaching experience and/or teaching training at the undergraduate level as part of the candidate's graduate program.


  • Research experience in microbiome relevant to food producing animals and/or humans.
  • Evidence of securing grants.
  • Evidence of independent and collaborative research.
  • Experience and ability to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and multicultural environment.
  • Evidence of skills in curriculum development and use of innovative teaching methods and technology in teaching.
  • Experience supervising research personnel and advising graduate students from culturally diverse backgrounds.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The 9-month salary can be supplemented through research and/or educational grants. Salary will be supplemented with 9 weeks of summer salary for the first two (2) years of the appointment to help establish a research program. Competitive benefits package includes employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, faculty retirement program, and opportunities for professional development, including sabbatical and semester leave.  Benefits are described at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html.


Apply online at: http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs (search for Job 314151). Applicants should attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching accomplishments, experience and interests (3 pages), and contact information for three professional references.  References will be contacted only for those applicants judged most appropriate. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  During the interview process, applicants will be asked to describe their commitment, experience and approach to teaching and working with students, colleagues and constituents from diverse populations.

Direct Inquiries to:

Microbiome Search Committee, Department of Animal Science, Attn: Dana Souther, 1364 Eckles Ave, 305 Haecker Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108, or email to: south005@umn.edu, (phone: 612-624-7453).

Review of applications begins February 15, 2017.

Position will remain open until filled.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.  We welcome you to visit our college's Diversity and Inclusion web page at: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/.

POSTED 11/11/16

Extension Educator (EE), Livestock (Swine)
University of Minnesota Extension
Worthington or Marshall, MN

Summary: University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting for an Extension Educator, Livestock (Swine) whose audience will be pork producers and other industry professionals. The successful candidate will provide leadership in delivering state-of-the-art educational programs while working with key collaborators. The focus of this position will be on pork production systems management. Consequently, the successful candidate must have the background and ability to address a wide range of disciplines and issues related to swine production. Obtain a complete position announcement at http://z.umn.edu/swineeducatorposition, or call 612-624-3717. Refer to Job Opening ID 313760.

Required qualifications: Master's degree or PhD degree in animal science, agricultural engineering, reproductive physiology, agricultural economics or closely related field or DVM. Experience: Designing, conducting, and/or collaborating in research projects; and grant writing and/or revenue development.

Skills/abilities: Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders are required.

Preferred qualifications: Two years professional experience, including the graduate study period, in a field related to swine production. Designing, delivering, and evaluating swine-related educational programs; using technology in an educational programming setting; Previous experience in an Extension/outreach program at a land grant institution.

To apply: Visit the Office of Human Resources for information on using the job application system at the University of Minnesota and to apply for Job Opening ID 313760. Review of applications begins on December 5, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.

The U of MN is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

POSTED 10/24/16

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