U of M Position Openings

Assistant Dairy Barn Manager


60% Research Support & Management

  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Oversee herd health programs (vaccination, hoof health and reproductive programs) and maintaining electronic herd health records. 
  • Plan for maintenance of the dairy operation’s equipment including milking equipment, farm machinery, and dairy barn equipment
  • 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.

40% Farm Animal Attending

  • Milking: Prepare the parlor, milking equipment and cows for milking, milk the cows according to established procedures, ensure cow IDs and milk weights are captured correctly and stored electronically.
  • Feed and Feeding: Remove uneaten feed from the previous day from the feed mangers. Procure forage from silage bag and/or upright silo, prepare and deliver daily feed allotment to livestock by hand, tractor, or feed mixer/feed wagon. Evaluate clean water supply for livestock. Clean and maintain watering system as needed. 
  • Animal Health Care: Observe animals daily for abnormalities.  Treat and care for animals and/or contact veterinarian for assistance according to site procedures. Assist veterinarian in treatment of injuries and ailments and administer treatments, including intravenous therapies, as prescribed by veterinarian or supervisor.  Record observations and all therapies administered.
  • Animal Care – General: Ear-tag, tattoo, or attach unique identifiers to livestock for identifications. Perform artificial insemination, castration, and collect blood samples for animals as required. Assist animals during calving, lambing and farrowing.  Record breeding, birth, and birthing information.
  • Animal Facility Use: Clean and maintain sanitation of barns, pens, stalls, water tanks, feed mangers and other livestock facilities. Oil, clean, and make minor repairs on equipment and tools.
  • Animal Handling: Move cattle and livestock frequently within and between animal facilities.

*This is a dual-post position - Interested applicants should apply to both Job Opening ID# 333168 (Farm Animal Attendant) and Job Opening ID# 333170 (Research Professional 1). For questions about this combination, please email AnimalScience@umn.edu

posted 9.11.19

Assistant/Associate Professor
Avian Physiology – Reproduction

Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure-track (9-month) position with Research (60%) and Teaching (40%) responsibilities involving avian reproductive physiology in poultry production. The position is in the Department of Animal Science (https://www.ansci.umn.edu/), College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (https://www.cfans.umn.edu/), located on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota (https://twin-cities.umn.edu/about-us). The successful candidate is expected to develop independent as well as collaborative research and teaching programs, and to recruit and mentor graduate students including those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Poultry Industry in Minnesota:
Minnesota has an extensive poultry industry which is linked both national and internationally. Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production (42 million annually); and is home to the world’s largest turkey hatchery company (Select-Genetics) and the 2nd largest turkey processing company in the U.S. (Jennie-O Turkey Store). In addition, Minnesota is ranked 10th in the US for chicken egg layers and the major broiler company (Pilgrims’ Pride) produces 59 million chicken broilers annually. Advancing reproduction in the commercial industry is needed to support the state’s commercial poultry meat and egg business. The individual in this position will be a key contributor in the area of avian physiology for the poultry research and teaching program at this university. They will have opportunities to interact with existing poultry and physiology researchers and educators in the department, with avian researchers elsewhere in the university as well as experts in industry research and development.

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

Research (60%)
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program in avian reproductive physiology. The individual will conduct basic and translational research with molecular, cellular, biochemical, and/or biotechnology approaches to enhance reproductive productivity of male and female poultry breeders. Research could encompass basic and applied reproductive physiology dealing with such focus areas as endocrine control of reproduction; environmental, nutritional or disease factors influencing reproductive function and performance and gamete function and manipulation. The candidate is expected to be a contributing member to the research programs within the Department and collaborate with other faculty in departments and colleges across the U of M, Extension Service and other scientists in state and federal agencies. Additionally, there will be a number of opportunities for formal and applied research projects with several of the aforementioned industry partners in the state of Minnesota. The successful 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 (40%)
The successful candidate is expected to develop a high-quality teaching program for a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students. At the undergraduate level, teaching responsibilities will include a poultry reproduction course and/or other courses related to the successful candidate’s specialty area. A graduate level course is recommended in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. The individual in this position is expected to provide academic mentoring/advising for undergraduate and graduate students in Animal Science. Additionally, there is an expectation of participation in professional development opportunities supporting teaching and advising. 



  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, Poultry Science, Physiology or a closely related field; Demonstrated ability to propose and conduct independent and team-based research in avian physiology
  • Publication record in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and advise students


  • Experience in some aspect of poultry production and breeding/reproduction
  • Evidence of obtaining extramural grant funding
  • Experience in graduate student advising and mentoring
  • Experience working with other faculty and students in an interdisciplinary, diverse and multicultural environment
  • Experience working with extension and/or industry partners
  • Experience in effective communication of research
  • Evidence of utilization of innovative teaching methods and technology

Hiring at an Assistant or Associate Professor level will be based on experience and qualifications. 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 and teaching 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

Apply online at http://employment.umn.edu/ (search for Job #324484). Candidates should attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching that highlight accomplishments, experience and interests (3 pg. max). Names, addresses and email contact information for 3 professional references should be included. References will be contacted only for those applicants judged most appropriate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications begins mid-August, 2018. Position will remain open until filled.

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.

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 6/12/18

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