U of M Position Openings

Meat Laboratory Summer Internship
Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science
U of M St. Paul Campus

Description: The Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science at the University of Minnesota is currently seeking two summer interns for 2018. Applicants must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota and available for the entire length of the internship. No experience is required, and interns will learn about all aspects of modern meat processing. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Operational sanitation
  • Animal harvest
  • Fresh meat cutting and packaging
  • Further processing (hams, sausages, jerky, etc.) and packaging
  • Thermal processing
  • Retail meat sales
  • Regulatory compliance (HACCP, SSOP’s, GMP’s, etc.)
  • Internship terms: May 14 - August 31, 2018, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

To apply: Please contact Tristan McNamara at mcnam108@umn.edu for additional information or to apply.

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POSTED 11/15/17

Undergraduate, Graduate & Postdoctoral Positions in Microbiomics
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Description: The laboratory of Dr. Andres Gomez at the Department of Animal Science is looking for undergrad, grad students and prospective postdocs interested in microbiome research and the links between microbes and human/animal physiology. Members of the Gomez lab will be focusing on combining field and lab work with, bioinformatics and statistical tools to investigate the impact of microbes in human/animal health, nutrition and evolution, working in projects related to:

  • genetic, dietary and environmental drivers of animal/human microbiomes;
  • systems biology of microbiomes;
  • global patterns of the human/animal microbiome, and
  • host-microbe interactions.

To apply: Applicants interested in these positions should send an email to gomeza@umn.edu, with a cover letter and CV (including 3 references).

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POSTED 11/1/17

Department of Animal Science
College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota

The mission of the Department of Animal Science is to enhance the productivity and well-being of animals to support a growing world population through education, science, and innovative technology. The Department provides lifelong opportunities for people to learn about animal biology, management systems for domestic animals, and the role of animals in a changing society and seeks new knowledge about biology, production and care of domestic animals. The extension and outreach mission of the Department is to interpret research and provide education for producers and consumers of animal products to improve their economic well being and quality of life.

The Department Head serves as the chief administrative officer of the department and represents the department at all levels of the University administration, to industry, commodity groups, non-profit citizen groups and other external stakeholders. The Department Head provides leadership to teaching, research, extension, and international activities; has administrative responsibility for faculty, staff, and students of the department; and encourages and challenges departmental personnel to excel in their respective positions. The Department Head encourages and fosters open communication, cooperation, and collaboration among departmental and external stakeholders.

Learn more about the Department and the Position here.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

1. Leadership

  • Leads in establishment of department priorities, goals and areas of emphasis including those involving cross-disciplinary activities or inter-departmental programs; provides vision and direction of programs to keep relevant and competitive; ascertains how well department goals are being met; and facilitates periodic formal review of department programs.
  • Fosters effective working relationships among departmental personnel to accomplish goals.
  • Fosters internal and external collaborations, explores partnership opportunities and revenue sources.
  • Promotes and practices principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity. Fosters a climate that respects diversity and the professional development of personnel.
  • Responsible for departmental human resource management, including recruitment, development, and retention.
  • Conducts departmental personnel performance evaluations; directs departmental faculty promotion and tenure process; and determines faculty salaries.
  • Participates in the development of collegiate policy and collegiate strategic planning and supports these activities within the Department.
  • Plans and conducts departmental personnel meetings; initiates nominations for internal and external awards; and coordinates all department committee assignments and activities.
  • Supports the department's graduate and undergraduate programs to fulfill the academic mission.
  • Enhances a sense of community in the Department by promoting successes and relevance within and outside the Department.
  • Works effectively with geographically dispersed faculty located at outlying Research and Outreach Centers. 

2. Fiscal Responsibility

  • Actively engages in securing adequate resources for the Department to strengthen and broaden its mission, and nurture collaborations with other units at the University; and reviews and realigns resources to support faculty and programs.
  • Directs preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets and records; allocates and manages departmental funds and resources including personnel, space, and equipment; and oversees campus-based animal care facilities.

3. Communication/Transparency

  • Communicates on a regular basis with departmental personnel.
  • Consults with the Department’s Faculty Consultative Committee to seek faculty input into decision-making processes.
  • Enhances external relations and the Department’s image within CFANS, the University and beyond.

Leadership Competencies:

The individual in this position will be a collaborative leader committed to working effectively across all leadership positions within the College.  Leadership competencies are expected specifically in the following areas:

  • Driving Results – creating a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality and service.
  • Vision – establishing direction through clear communication and aligning resources with priorities.
  • Engagement – building, sustaining and retaining high performance individuals and teams.
  • Collaboration – effective at building consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving.
  • Accountability – high standards for self and team, and fostering a strong culture of accountability.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Has the credentials to be a tenured full professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
  • Has the ability to articulate a vision for formulating and implementing goals and policies.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, research and discovery, and Extension, outreach and service.
  • Has a record of administrative experience, either through formal assignment or academic leadership, grant administration, or related experiences.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work with people and to represent the Department within the University and to the general community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding of current and emerging areas of animal sciences.
  • Evidence of visionary leadership in supporting and promoting excellence in teaching, research, Extension, outreach, and collegiate-centered activities and initiatives.
  • Record of fostering the scholarly productivity of others. 
  • Experience in fiscal management, administration and supervision.
  • Effective organizational and communication skills, including oral, written, and listening skills.
  • Success in supporting curricular development and programmatic innovation in undergraduate and/or graduate education.  Knowledge and skill in utilizing information technology.
  • Demonstrated skill in fostering linkages with other disciplines and building program partnerships.

Nature of Appointment: This is a 100%-time, 12-month administrative appointment in addition to a 12-month tenured faculty position, with an initial three-year appointment period.  Reappointment to annually renewable terms is contingent upon a comprehensive administrative review and evaluation following the initial appointment period.  The Department Head is responsible administratively to the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and is a member of the college’s leadership council.

Application: Apply online to Requisition #319841 and include a cover letter, CV, a vision statement for the Department of Animal Science, a statement addressing your leadership philosophy, and the names and contact information of three professional references. References will be contacted only of those applicants judged most qualified for the position.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 20th and the position will remain open until filled.

If you have a problem applying online, please contact Ms. Lori Loberg by phone (612-624-8439) or email (theis020@umn.edu).

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Nancy Ehlke, search committee chair, by phone (612-625-1791) or email (nancy@umn.edu).

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Prospective employees are presumed eligible to work at the University of Minnesota. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sec, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

POSTED 9/27/17

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