External Positions

The positions below are posted here as a courtesy to employers external to the Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota.


Assistant Professor - Swine Research & Teaching
Department of Animal Sciences
North Dakota State University

Description: The Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a qualified person to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position. The successful candidate will provide leadership for the department’s swine research and teaching programs. The appointment is 60% Research, 40% Teaching.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop an innovative, extramurally-funded swine research program; Collaborate with the swine industry, other commodity groups, state agencies, faculty from NDSU and other institutions to identify and prioritize areas of swine research and teaching; Provide on-campus instruction for a swine production course and other undergraduate and/or graduate courses as needed by the department and consistent with the skills of the successful candidate; Work with the farm and unit managers to coordinate research and teaching activities, and to provide direction in management of the swine herd and facilities; Advise undergraduate and graduate students; Participate in activities related to departmental and university missions; Foster a spirit of open communication with stakeholder groups and serve as a liaison to North Dakota swine industry for the department.

Minimum qualifications: Earned doctorate in animal science or a related field from an accredited institution by date of hire; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Training in a discipline that meets the needs of the swine industry and the department including, but not limited to, reproduction, nutrition, genetics, meat science, ethology, production systems, welfare, health, or environmental management.; Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment; Experience with swine production, research, and/or swine industry; Ability to publish in peer-reviewed scientific publications; Ability to develop an innovative and collaborative research program; Ability to attract extramural funds to support a research program; Ability to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Preferred qualifications: Professional experience in the field of swine research and/or production; Experience with publishing in peer-reviewed scientific publications; Experience in developing and conducting research programs; Experience in obtaining extramural funding; Experience in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level with the ability to develop and deliver innovative teaching programs that meet the needs of students and the swine industry.

To apply: Visit http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings; create an account; search for opening #1800680; create and submit your application when prompted. Screening will begin June 1, 2018.

Direct questions to: Carl Dahlen, Search Committee Chair Department of Animal Sciences; (701) 231-5588; carl.dahlen@ndsu.edu.

POSTED 4/12/18


Adjunct Professor - Fall 2018
Animal & Food Science
University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI

Position: University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) is in need of an adjunct instructor for some nutrition courses this fall semester because an instructor is on sabbatical. The job would include teaching 6 lab sections and one lecture. The labs would include 2 for our introductory ANSC nutrition course and 2 for our introductory DASC nutrition course and 2 for the Feeds and Feeding course. The content in all the labs would be different, but not much so. There is a lot of duplication between these courses just now because UWRF are transitioning to a new curriculum. The adjunct would also be responsible for 2 lectures/week for the Feeds and Feeding course. The content is pretty standardized and we would provide the instructor with all the materials. It could be set this up so that the instructor would need to be on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The lecture would be in early evening.

Contact: If interested please contact, Gary Onan, PhD, PAS Professor and Chair, Animal and Food Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Phone 715-425-3704 or 715-307-0927.

POSTED 3/20/18


Quality Asurance & Food Safety Internship Program
Monogram Food Solutions
Memphis, TN (job location is Harlan, IA)

About the company: Monogram Food Solutions is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of corn dogs, bacon, beef and bacon jerky, got dogs sausages, pet snacks, and other processed products. With the company headquartered in Memphis, TN, Monogram operates seven plants employing over 2,500 team members. A fast-growing organization, Monogram Foods was recently recognized as a great place to work by the Memphis Business Journal. Monogram Foods has also been recognized on INC Magazine’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the seventh consecutive year. Monogram Food Solutions is seeking undergrad students to work in the Bacon Industry this summer. Monogram’s goals are to grow their own leaders and managers through hands on meat/food production settings. Internship opportunities are available in the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Department and in the Operations/Production Department.

Internship summary: To strive for quality products and processes which consistently meet product specification requirements and customer expectations; monitor and maintain compliance with USDA regulations and requirements; consistently implement requirements set forth for maintaining the highest standard of food safety for products and services. This is a summer internship with approximate dates of employment of May 14 to August 17, 2018, depending upon school schedules.

Essential functions & job responsibilities: Implement quality assurance and regulatory procedures according to established guidelines. Provide guidance, counsel and recommendations to employees within Operations regarding good manufacturing practices, product specifications, food safety. Obtain and maintain accurate records to determine consistency of product quality, compliance to regulatory agency requirements and documentation of HACCP. Perform analytical analysis on product produced within the plant. Learn how to maintain accurate lab records and verify accuracy of testing samples, learn to submit samples and interpret results. Furnish appropriate accurate verbal and/or written reports to the Quality department and plant management regarding product/process quality and consistency, research test, process capabilities, USDA situations, HACCP. Interact daily with sanitation management,  Food Safety and Quality Assurance /operations supervisors and employees. Be committed on a daily basis to routine Quality department requirements.

Requirements: Currently pursuing a degree in Food/Meat Science or related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Knowledge & skills: Ability to use MS Excel and MS Word. Ability to effectively communicate. Rudimentary knowledge of pathogens-Listeria, salmonella, e-coli. Basic knowledge of HACCP, SOP’S and GMP’S.

Application: All candidates must submit an application and a copy of their resume. Please visit www.monogramfoods.com/careers to apply for this opportunity. 

POSTED 3/14/18


Director-Farm Operations (Req # 436190)
Department of Animal Sciences
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Summary of duties: Provides administrative oversight to the animal unit operations and the animal unit research processes at Columbus and Wooster campuses within the Department of Animal Sciences, including the sheep units, beef units, swine units, dairy units, poultry units, and equine units; oversees facilities management for all animal units; interfaces with department faculty and administration (department chair and fiscal officer), clinical veterinarians, and external stakeholders to ensure high performance amongst all animal units; develops and maintains uniform operational policies and procedures for each individual unit; oversees compliance to applicable regulations, such as Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee standards (IACUC), within each unit; assists with resource and budget allocation; directly supervises each unit staff manager; works in conjunction with unit managers to ensure year-round use of facilities for research, teaching and extension/outreach activities; manages the maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of facilities and equipment; assumes responsibility for maintenance of appropriate and uniform record keeping within each animal unit; coordinates use of animals for teaching, extension, and research in conjunction with unit managers and faculty members; holds regular meetings with animal unit staff; attends regular meetings with department chair and fiscal officer; supervises ongoing livestock inventories within each unit in a uniform manner; determines unit needs for feed and forage in conjunction with unit managers; oversees animal health at all units; may be assigned to teach academic courses at the discretion of the chair; other duties as assigned. This position may require occasional weekend, evening, and holiday hours should emergency situations arise. Position requires frequent travel to Wooster, Ohio. Pre-employment screening requires the successful completion of a background check.

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and experience; strong oral and written communication skills; experience in research and management of farm animals.

Desired qualifications: Experience managing animal or agricultural facilities; previous supervisory experience.

Department contact: John Foltz, 614-292-1242.

Application: Apply online at https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/84821. Click on “Apply for this job”.

POSTED 3/8/18


10-Day Internship Opportunity
NILE 2018
Billings, MT

About the program: The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is looking for college students who are willing and able to work all day and into the night, eat and sleep minimally, handle high pressure situations, work in the extreme weather conditions of October in Montana, and enjoy every minute of it. NILE staff is looking for those college kids who are little obsessed, a little quirky, and have a lot of heart. We want those who eat, breathe, and sleep stock shows and rodeos. We want those who can function on minimal sleep and maximum caffeine. College kids who have brains and brawn-handle high pressure critical thinking and not be afraid to pick up a pitch fork. From the bright lights of the rodeo arena, to the heart pounding hooves of the horse events and finally to the smells of adhesives in the cattle barn, you won't want to miss out on the action! The internship is ten days of early mornings and late nights. Some interns work the livestock show ring; checking in exhibitors, lining up steers, shuffling sheep, and recording results. Other interns set up horse awards, buck bales, and score keep the ranch rodeo. All interns laugh, goof around, and get stuff done. The work details are to be determined, but we guarantee they'll be valuable! We get it, the NILE is during the school months and it's hard to get away, but believe us, it's worth it for the experience! Yes, the NILE is months away, but it's not too soon to start thinking about your future. Many of the NILE's past interns are gainfully employed and attribute some of their success to the NILE internship experience. Apply today and set yourself up for success.

Application: For more information on how to apply, go to Internships on the NILE website. All applications must be in the NILE Office by August 31, 2018 and interns will be announced shortly thereafter.

Contact: Please call the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495 or send email to shelby@thenile.org.

POSTED 3/8/18


International Specialist
National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB)
Madison, WI

About NAAB: The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) is located in Madison, Wisconsin and is the national trade association for businesses in the United States involved with artificial insemination of cattle. NAAB works directly with USDA, U.S. Embassies, appropriate Government Ministries and other global agencies to open and maintain trade access for bovine semen throughout the world. U.S. genetic improvement programs have developed several breeds that are highly productive and are internationally recognized for their outstanding characteristics. This has allowed steady growth of the U.S. AI industry. NAAB is looking for someone with a passion for the cattle breeding industry that will help the association by directing international programs and activities, search for new opportunities that will benefit member organizations and foster continued industry growth globally.

The position: The International Specialist Programs will work closely with the President to carry out the business of the Association with a primary focus on international market development activities and trade servicing projects. The location of the position would be in Madison, Wisconsin.

Major duties: Develop and execute programs to build international relationships with relevant institutions to promote the development of markets for U.S. cattle genetics and market access for member organizations. Identify, evaluate and engage new opportunities for expanding NAAB services to AI companies both domestically and internationally. Develop a working knowledge of Certified Semen Services, Inc. operations along with import and export requirements for bovine semen. Promote the genetic evaluation system and identify ways to increase the efficiency of data collection and distribution of genetic evaluation results to international members. Support the President in carrying out Association business.

Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Dairy Science or Agricultural Marketing with preference to those with advanced degrees. A minimum of 10 years of experience in the AI industry or agricultural marketing field with preference to those with International experience. A working knowledge of the AI industry and cattle genetic evaluations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of Excel, Access and SQL. An outstanding record of achievement and leadership in the cattle industry.

To apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jay L. Weiker, President National Association of Animal Breeders, 8413 Excelsior Drive, Suite 140, Madison, WI 53717, USA. Phone - (608) 827-0277; email - jweiker@naab-css.org.

POSTED 2/26/18


Summer 2018 Internship
Black Leg Ranch
McKenzie, ND

About the ranch: Black Leg Ranch is offering an internship opportunity for the upcoming summer. The program will run from May 20-August 1. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the internship. The ranch is family owned on 17,000 acres and is located SE of McKenzie, ND, or 25 miles SE of Bismarck. We are a commercial cow/calf operation with 600 cows and graze an additional 2,400 head of cattle in the summer. The ranch also runs an outfitting business and an agri-tourism venue, however the internship will focus on the cattle side of the operation. Black Leg Ranch was the 2016 recipients of the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award for ND, as well as the 2016 NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Award Program. We calve our cows in May-June and intensively manage our grazing land with a rotational grazing system. Crops are planted in the months of May-July and hay is put up when ready to be harvested. We are very engaged in soil health and utilize No-till farming as well as cover crops to promote soil biology and to regenerate our organic matter. We take extreme pride in building back our natural resources as well as wildlife. For more information on the ranch go to YouTube and search Black Leg Ranch. There are several videos highlighting what the ranch is all about.

Job duties: Assisting with calving; Building/fixing fence; Moving cattle; Assisting with planting; Assisting with haying; Day to day ranch requirements. Intern will also be able to learn principles of Holistic Management, Intensive Grazing, Utilizing Cover Crops to build soil health and to cut winter feed costs, and practices to become profitable in a ranching business. The intern will be able to observe diverse ventures, Rolling Plains Adventures (a full-service hunting outfitting business) and an Agri-Tourism operation hosting weddings, corporate events, soil health tours, and many events promoting and spreading a positive image of Agriculture. Interns will be provided with on ranch housing and pay will be given as well as a potential bonus upon completion of successful internship. Expect to work the same hours as we do from Monday-Friday. Saturdays and Sundays can be given off, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Application deadline: Please submit application by March 10, 2018. Email to j.doan1882@gmail.com or mail to Jerry Doan, Black Leg Ranch, 24401 62nd Ave SE, McKenzie, ND 58572. Interviews will be conducted mid-March.

POSTED 1/19/18


Lecturer/Instructional Assistant Professor – Equine
Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University

Position: Ten-month, non-tenure track appointment (75% teaching/25% service appointment).

General duties & responsibilities: The incumbent will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in equine science, including equine behavior and training, equine marketing and development, and production and management. Expertise in preparation of horses for competition or sale is desired. Additionally, this position will work closely with Animal Science teaching faculty to implement the new undergraduate curriculum (projected to launch in Fall 2018). The incumbent will also be expected to aid students in conducting high impact learning experiences through equine industry internships, undergraduate equine research, and other experiences. Additionally, this position will be expected to develop online course sections to address the needs of non-major College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate students. Incumbent will also be part of the teaching faculty cadre to instruct students in new Animal Science Capstone courses. The incumbent will also be expected to serve as an advisor or coach for extracurricular equine activities such as the Horsemen’s Association and/or the Stock Horse Team.

Requirements: A minimum of a M.S. degree in Equine Science or in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine production and management is required, but a Ph.D. is preferred. Evidence of outstanding teaching or strong indication of teaching potential is required. A demonstrated ability or potential to teach and maintain a strong graduate and undergraduate education program is required.

Preferred qualifications: Experience in coaching a Stock Horse Team or related competitive equine team.

Resources: Texas A&M University is a public, land-grant institution. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary and benefits package.

Application process: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, a two- page statement of teaching plans relative to the position, and names and contact information of three individuals who can provide a critical evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for the position. Individuals may apply by sending materials to: Dr. Jessica Leatherwood, Search Committee Chair, via Grace Glenn, Administrator (g-glenn@tamu.edu). Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Texas A&M University System is an equal opportunity employer, is committed to building a diverse work environment and fosters a culture that values diversity in all its forms.

POSTED 1/19/18


2018 Ranch Management Internship (May to Aug)
Best Angus & Quarter Horses
Elkhorn Creek Ranch, Watford City, ND

Summary: Best Angus and Quarter Horses (www.bestangusandquarterhorses.com/) is a purebred registered Angus operation in the beautiful, rugged badlands of western North Dakota at Elkhorn Creek Ranch, 15 miles southeast of Watford City in McKenzie County. The Best family runs approximately 265 registered Angus brood cows, utilizing extensive synchronized artificial insemination (AI) and embryo-transfer (ET). The ranch also develops for resale approximately 120 commercial Angus heifers, utilizing synchronized AI. Throughout the year we train homegrown ranch horses of all ages and in all stages of development. Best Angus offers Interns a variety of opportunities that will enhance classroom learning for Animal Science and Ranch Management undergraduates with practical, hands on experience of 1) AI / ET program implementation – Assist with the implementation of synchronization protocols, heat detection, and associated records management of ET donors (+/- 10), ET recipients (+/- 100), and AI’ed cows (+/- 150) and heifers (+/- 170). Assist with the processes of AI and transfer of embryos. 2) Philosophy on genetic selection and marketing approaches – Participate in management’s discussion and decision making related to dam and sire selection, approach to American Angus Association data analysis and consideration, environment and resource consideration, and financial consideration of current available Angus and Quarter Horse genetics. Understand multi-approach marketing plans and marketing plan budgeting. 3) Philosophy on approach to customer service and stakeholder relations – Participate in management’s discussion related to customer service and stakeholder relations of both cattle and horse customers and other stakeholder relationships of the ranch. 4) Resource management – Participate in discussions of resource management (range, water, forage, wildlife, capitol), and understand contract considerations of ranch stakeholders and procurement processes. Participate in implementation of resource management tools (working facility and fence maintenance and development, water maintenance and development, range management, macro and micro nutrient management of livestock). 5) Ranch horse training – Opportunities available to individual interested and capable. Riding assignments paired with horses of compatible training level and personality. Experience general management activities. Best Angus is committed to working with accreditation programs available to the successful applicant through their collegiate undergraduate program and to trailering their learning experience for a successful, productive internship.

Offering: May to August (start and end dates are flexible) paid internship. Furnished, modern private cabin with utilities provided – 2 bedroom, single bath on ranch with kitchenette (fridge / stove / microwave / sink), air conditioning, in-house washer and dryer. A combination of family style, boxed lunch, and restaurant meals provided. Breakfast and other meals may be on your own depending on ranch schedule.

To apply: Email cover letter, resume, two references, and your advisor’s contact information to Pete and Vawnita Best: bestangus@yahoo.com. The application deadline is March 20, 2018.

POSTED 1/19/18


Assistant Professor - Reproductive Biology
Department of of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Position: Assistant Professor (requisition # F1700181), full time tenure-track faculty position in reproductive biology in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Start date is negotiable after closing date. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: PhD degree in reproductive biology or a closely related field, a commitment to teaching, and an ability to establish an externally funded, internationally- recognized program of research in reproductive biology. Candidates with postdoctoral research experience, a strong record of publication and evidence of likely success in competing for extramural funding will be preferred.

Responsibilities: The Department of Animal Sciences has a long and prominent history of discovery and excellence in basic reproductive biology. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized research program supported by extramural funding. The individual will be strongly encouraged to develop a research program that spans the continuum between fundamental and translational research with an appreciation of how disciplines such as genetics, immunology, nutrition, and bioengineering can be integrated with reproduction. The successful candidate will also participate and contribute to interdisciplinary campus initiatives related to reproductive biology and contribute to the public service missions of the University. Responsibilities will also include mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and advising and interacting with undergraduate students. The successful candidate will participate in teaching appropriate courses in reproductive biology and/or physiology. Candidates with research interests in understanding animal reproductive biology using multidisciplinary approaches in livestock and/or other mammals including humans are encouraged to apply. Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to control of fertility, gamete biology, reproductive immunology, assisted reproduction, reproductive stem cells, genetic engineering, and epigenetic regulation of reproduction and fertility.

Resources: The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Beckman Institute, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Cancer Center at Illinois, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The Department of Animal Sciences () currently has 35 faculty, 500 undergraduate students, and 100 graduate students. The department maintains animal facilities for beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses, and poultry. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (www.aces.illinois.edu) is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science.

Applicants: Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload, as a single pdf file, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (including future plans) (2 pages maximum length), a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages maximum length), the names and contact information of three references. Referees will be contacted electronically within 2-3 days of application submission. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. For initial consideration, the following materials, including reference letters, should be uploaded by March 1, 2018. However, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Contact: Questions can be directed to Dr. Romana Nowak, Chair of the Search Committee (ranowak@illinois.edu), (217) 244-3902 or to Dr. Rodney Johnson, Head of the Department (rwjohn@illinois.edu), (217) 244-1681.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

POSTED 1/19/18


Two PhD Graduate Assistantships – Poultry Nutrition
Department of Poultry Science
University of Georgia

Summary: Two graduate assistantships for Ph.D. candidates are available for Fall 2018 in Dr. Kim’s lab at Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia.

Research topics (position 1): Evaluation of novel feed ingredients on performance, nutrient utilization and gut health in broilers and laying hens.

Requirements (position 1): M.Sc. degree in poultry nutrition, nutritional biochemistry or related fields. Good understanding of feed processing, feed formulation and nutrient utilization/metabolism in poultry. Preferred experience in feed analyses, molecular techniques, and microbiological techniques. Good team member. Ability to work independently.

Research topics (position 2): Nutritional and management strategies to minimize long and keel bone fractures in pullets and laying hens raised in cage-free systems.

Requirements (position 2): M.Sc. degree in poultry nutrition, nutritional biochemistry or related fields. Good understanding of bone biology and mineral & vitamin nutrition. Preferred experience in bone analytical equipment (DEXA, pQCT or microCT), molecular techniques and cell culture. Good team member. Ability to work independently.

To apply: Interested candidates should send their CV and two references to wkkim@uga.edu. If you need more information on the positions, please feel free contact Dr. Woo Kyun Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, 303 Poultry Science Building, Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Email wkkim@uga.edu; phone 706-542-1346.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

POSTED 1/19/18