Departmental Search for Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist


Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, tenure-track (9-month) position with Extension (60%) and Research (40%) responsibilities involving beef production systems. The position is in the Department of Animal Science (, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences ( ) and will begin fall 2017. The successful candidate is expected to develop independent as well as collaborative research and Extension programs and to recruit and mentor graduate students including those from culturally diverse backgrounds. Collaboration among research and Extension faculty and with colleagues in other disciplines.


The position is located at the Department of Animal Science on the St. Paul Campus. The Department of Animal Science enrolls over 400 undergraduate and over 40 graduate students. Graduate students develop their programs in one of three areas: nutrition, physiology or production systems management.

The Minnesota Beef Industry:

Minnesota’s beef industry generates over one billion dollars in cash receipts annually. This places its importance in the top three livestock industries in Minnesota, after the swine and dairy industry. There are approximately 15,500 beef producers scattered across the state with beef feedlots concentrated in southwestern Minnesota and cow-calf herds located throughout the state.

University of Minnesota Beef Research Program:

The person in this position is expected to conduct translational research in areas to include reproductive techniques to enhance productivity; impact of genetic decisions on production efficiency; beef nutritional environment and its interaction with reproductive health or productive processes; and production systems investigating the interaction of beef cattle and forage and grain crops.

University of Minnesota Extension:

The University of Minnesota Extension is the major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

The individual in this position will become a member of the University of Minnesota Beef Team. The University of Minnesota Beef Team facilitates dissemination of results derived through research. The team has been actively involved in delivering quality programming to beef producers for over 20 years. As such, the team has established a solid reputation for discovering stakeholder learning needs through a yearly planning meeting and close interactions with the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s and Minnesota Beef Council. The team has established extension programming based on audience needs. Other collaborative research and education opportunities are presented through participation in projects from faculty in Departments of Animal Science, Agronomy, Biosystems and Biological Engineering, Entomology and College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the team has been involved in research and outreach projects in collaboration with MN Department of Agriculture, National Research Conservation Service, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Department of Natural Resources, Board of Animal Health and Farm Business Management Association.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

Applicants should have the ability to establish and maintain an innovative, independent and collaborative, extramurally funded research program, develop and deliver excellence in Extension programming, and contribute to the public service mission of the University.

Extension (60%):

  • Provide strong leadership and effective Extension programming on critical issues related to beef production systems. 
  • Be an active and collaborative member of the University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team.
  • Publish in research and industry relevant publications. 
  • Serve as a resource for beef production stakeholders in Minnesota and beyond.

Research (40%):

  • Conduct translational research relative to beef production systems. Research topics associated with this goal include, but are not limited to, use of reproductive techniques to enhance productivity; impact of genetic decisions on production efficiency; beef nutritional environment and its interaction with reproductive health or productive processes; and production systems investigating the interaction of beef cattle and forage and grain crops. 
  • Achieve national and international recognition, support graduate student research, publish in relevant refereed journals, and attract extramural funding. 
  • Contribute to research programs in beef cattle reproduction, production and management within the Department, and interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty across the University of Minnesota and beyond.



  • Ph.D. in animal science or a closely related field involving beef.
  • Demonstrated ability to propose and conduct independent and team-based beef research.
  • Publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals. 
  • Evidence of skills in disseminating educational programming to producer clientele and/or lay audiences


  • Evidence of obtaining extramural grant funding. 
  • Experience in graduate advising and mentoring.
  • Experience and ability to work with research and Extension teams in an interdisciplinary, diverse, and multicultural environment.
  • Experience in field based applied research.
  • Evidence of communication of research to external audiences. 
  • Evidence of utilization of innovative teaching methods and technology.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The 9-month salary (option to be paid over 12 months) 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. Benefits include employee and dependent health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, social security, faculty retirement and opportunities for professional development, including mentoring, and sabbatical and semester leave opportunities. Benefits are described at


Apply online at: (search for requisition #314971) Candidates should attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research and extension teaching accomplishments, experience and interests (3 pg. max), and the names, addresses and email contact information for 3 professional references. References will be contacted only for those applicants judged most appropriate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: 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:

Beef Production Systems Search Committee, Dept. of Animal Science, Attn: Dana Souther, 1364 Eckles Ave, 305 Haecker Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108, email:, 612-624-7453.

Review of applications begins February 27, 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. Finalists will be expected to address their commitment and experience in working with diverse populations during the interview process. We welcome you to visit our college’s Diversity and Inclusion web page at: