U of M Position Openings

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
AGREET Beef Production Systems
Department of Animal Science – St. Paul
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS)
University of Minnesota Extension 

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, tenure-track (9-month) position with Extension (60%) and Research (40%) responsibilities involving beef production systems. This person in this position will conduct Extension and research in one or more areas of beef production systems. Examples include impacts of genetic selection, reproductive management, cow nutrition and production efficiency, pre-weaning or pre-finishing nutrition and health on carcass yield and beef quality and sensory traits. 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/). 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 is expected.

The Minnesota Beef Industry:
Minnesota’s beef industry generates over one billion dollars in cash receipts annually and is one of the top three livestock industries in Minnesota, after swine and dairy. There are approximately 15,500 beef producers across the state with beef feedlots concentrated in southwestern Minnesota and cow-calf herds located throughout the state. Minnesota has a large diverse agriculture industry. For more information see:

University of Minnesota Beef Research Program:
The person in this position is expected to conduct translational research in beef production systems. The North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, Minnesota provides valuable resources for this position. The NCROC, one of several Research and Outreach Centers of the University of Minnesota, encompasses about 900 acres, a 250-Angus cow herd, a 60 individual Calan door drylot facility, a new 2,500 square foot cow-handling facility, and a fully functional bovine reproduction laboratory. This position will have responsibility for the research direction of the NCROC herd. For more information visit https://ncroc.cfans.umn.edu/.

Other facilities available for beef production systems research include a 400-head (38-pen) cattle feedlot at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center (25 mi from St. Paul), and meat science (Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science) and bovine nutrition laboratories located on the St. Paul campus.

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

The individual in this position will be a member of the UMN Beef Team. This 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, establishing a solid reputation for discovering stakeholder learning needs through a yearly planning meetings and close interactions with the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s and Minnesota Beef Council, and establishing Extension programming based on industry needs. Other collaborative research and education opportunities are present through collaborations with faculty in Departments of Animal Science, Agronomy, Biosystems and Biological Engineering, Entomology and College of Veterinary Medicine. The team has well-established collaborations 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.
  • Achieve national and international recognition, support graduate student research, publish in relevant refereed journals, and attract extramural funding.
  • Contribute to research programs in beef production systems within the Department, and interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty across the University of Minnesota and beyond.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in animal science or a program with a demonstrated focus on beef cattle.
  • 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 Qualifications:

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

Apply online at: http://employment.umn.edu/ (search for requisition #317569). Candidates should attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research and Extension 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. 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.

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.

Review of applications begins late July, 2017.  Position will remain open until filled.

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 5/22/17

Jr. Lab Technician
Southern Research & Outreach Center
University of Minnesota, Waseca, MN

Description: Full time temporary employment, 12 mo minimum, full benefits.

Required: H.S. grad/GED with some science coursework and lab exp. Preferred: microscope experience; plant pathology, greenhouse management, and soybean production knowledge. Some light to moderate lifting and prolonged standing/sitting may be required. Extract nematodes from soil and count using microscope, set up greenhouse experiments, enter data in Excel  

Application: Apply online at employment.umn.edu/applicants. Search Job ID 318498.

Questions: Call 507-837-5649

The University of Minnesota is an EOEE.

POSTED 7/27/17

Junior Scientist
University of Minnesota
North Central Research and Outreach Center
Grand Rapids, MN

Summary: Full time, 12 month, continuing appointment. Available immediately. This position will provide leadership in the management of a 150-head beef cow herd and will also serve as a leader in supervising the application of research protocol and coordination of the on-site farm crew and seasonal employees in conducting research projects involving beef cattle at NCROC and selected projects that may occur off-site around the state. This person will work closely with the research and operations manager in carrying out these primary responsibilities. The person will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues from both NCROC and St. Paul campus in the design and execution of experiments and will also be expected to have an understanding of experimental design and ability to follow experimental protocol including data collection, management, and archiving. Detailed information for Qualifications, Salary, Benefits, and Additional Job Information can be found on the U of M Human Resources website. Applications must be submitted online at:
http://humanresources.umn.edu; click on “find a job” then click on “External Faculty and Staff Applicants”. Refer to Job ID number: 317700.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer

POSTED 6/16/17

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