Dr. Megan Webb Recruiting for Graduate Research Assistant

The Graduate Program in Animal Sciences at the University of Minnesota is seeking a graduate research assistant interested in Beef Production Systems. Research will evaluate cattle backgrounding production management systems and the influence on animal performance and composition, meat quality, and economic outcomes. This position is for a highly motivated and qualified student interested in pursuing a master’s degree. The student will be located on the St. Paul Campus for course work, and research will be conducted at the University of Minnesota’s North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The student will work closely with other students, scientists, and their advising faculty both on the St. Paul Campus and at the NCROC. The student is expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. Two-year funding is currently available for research assistantships beginning Fall Semester 2018. Research assistantships include a stipend, a full tuition waiver, and medical and dental benefits.

Research will focus on improving long-term animal performance and producer profitability of steers exposed to different backgrounding treatments. Student exposure during this research opportunity includes cattle handling, carcass ultrasound imaging, nutrition analyses, beef packing plant exposure, meat quality analyses, and applied economics. The student will have the chance to present results at a minimum of one scientific conference and develop at least one scientific publication. The student conducting this project will also interact with beef industry audiences.

For more information on research interest, please contact Dr. Megan Webb at the St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota (mwebb@umn.edu; (612) 624-6789).

The application process is completed online. For instructions and application information, please visit: https://z.umn.edu/gradapplication

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