U of M Position Openings


Part-time Student Employee
PAWS (Boyton Health Program)
University of Minnesota

About PAWS: Weekly PAWS sessions feature registered therapy animal teams—including dogs, bunnies, chickens, and other therapy animals like cats, miniature horses, Guinea pigs and fancy rats—that you are welcome to interact with and pet. Sessions are FREE and open to the University of Minnesota community. The goal of the program is to be a stress-reducing outlet for the University community. Animal interactions have been demonstrated to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels in humans. For many young adults, entering college and being away from home often means saying goodbye to their pet, a constant, trusted ally and confidant. Boynton seeks to provide Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) in its continued effort to meet student needs, especially in the areas of stress reduction and life skills development. Focused on well-being, AAI teams are volunteer handlers who are specially trained and evaluated, along with their animal partners.

Position: For the spring semester, PAWS is looking for a student worker to support the STP location (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 12:30-3:30) at the Student Services Center. Opportunities for more hours exist starting in the fall.

Duties: Set up PAWS room and building signs prior to assigned location/time. Take down PAWS room and building signs after each assigned PAWS event. Check in students and staff as they arrive at PAWS, give them information about the animals and the program, help them navigate around the area. Assist the program coordinator and volunteers. Turn in check-in sheets to the marketing department at Boynton throughout the semester. Monitor supplies. Other duties as assigned.

Contact: Tanya Bailey, PAWS Program Coordinator at tanya@umn.edu for more information.

POSTED 2/6/17


Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Beef Production Systems
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Position:

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 (http://ansci.umn.edu), College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (http://www.cfans.umn.edu/ ) 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.

Location:

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.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 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

Preferred:

  • 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/Benefits:

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 http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html.

Application:

Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu/ (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: south005@umn.edu, 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: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/diversity/

POSTED 01/04/17


Assistant Herdsman (Animal Care Professional)
Dairy Teaching and Research Unit
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Required Qualifications:

BS degree in animal or dairy science (or related field) and two years of dairy cattle experience, OR a combination of academic and dairy cattle experience totaling six years.

Operating knowledge of Microsoft software and basic computer skills.
 

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience coordinating animals for university research trials.

Experience in dairy herd health and reproductive programs.

Supervisory experience.

Dairy equipment maintenance experience.

Responsibilities:

30% Assist in coordinating research trials. Communicate with principal investigators and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure standard operating procedures for cow health and welfare are maintained.

30% Assign, schedule and supervise personnel (Farm Animal Attendants and student employees) to conduct routine management (feeding, breeding, grooming, cleaning facilities) of the dairy herd operation.

20% Oversee herd health programs (vaccination, hoof health and reproductive programs) and maintaining electronic herd health records.

15% Maintenance of the dairy operation’s equipment including milking equipment, farm machinery, and dairy barn equipment.

5% Additional duties include stockmanship of the U of MN beef barn located on the St. Paul campus and interaction with visitors to the dairy farm including; undergraduate students, tour groups, dairy industry representatives and research sponsors.

Apply Online:

Search and apply for current openings; search for job opening 310735.

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

POSTED 12/21/16


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

Position:

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.

Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 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.

Preferred:

  • 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/Benefits:

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.

Application:

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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