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Dairy Health Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12–month, tenure–track position in dairy health at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities: 100% AgResearch

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Animal Science or related field with food animal research experience. An earned DVM (or equivalent degree such as a BVSc) is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated potential or history of competitive funding and a minimum two years of postdoctoral training experience are preferred for an appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate should have the experience and skills necessary for conducting research and mentoring graduate students. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Develop and sustain a vigorous, extramurally–funded research program that focuses on dairy health in the area of infectious disease, animal well–being, pre–harvest food safety, or translational medicine.
  • Mentor MS and PhD students

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre–Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well–being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at: https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Dairy Resources:
The University of Tennessee has three dairies located across the state, including the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (ETREC-Little River Animal and Environment Unit; Walland, TN), Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (MTREC; Spring Hill, TN), and the Dairy AgResearch and Education Center (DREC; Lewisburg, TN). The Little River unit is a new facility (opened in 2012) located within 30 minutes of campus and is capable of housing 250 Holstein cows. In addition to standard dairy equipment, this facility has six zones which can be individually modified relative to fans, sprinklers, and shade and will be a great asset in assessing methods to alleviate heat stress conditions and nutrition interactions. A work room is also present with a BSL–2 hood, incubator, and centrifuge available. The MTREC dairy is located in middle TN and can house approximately 200 Holstein cows in its free stall facility. The DREC dairy also is located in middle TN and houses approximately 100 Jersey animals in a free stall facility. The MTREC and DREC locations have pastures available for forage–based dairy systems and development of replacement heifers. Each dairy has a basic laboratory and excellent on–site personnel who can help conduct research. The Joseph E. Johnson Animal Research and Teaching Unit (JARTU) is located across the river from the Knoxville Campus. This facility is equipped with environmentally–controlled animal and metabolism rooms with the capability to house dairy cattle and young animals. The facility also contains surgery rooms and a feed mill with the capacity to pelletize and mix experimental diets. The new Brehm Animal Science Building has a suite of nutrition laboratories and a classroom designated for nutrition instruction. The laboratory is equipped with a comprehensive array of analytical capabilities such as LECO N–analyzer, HPLC, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, FOSS NIR analyzer, and ANKOM fiber analyzer and Daisy incubator. In addition to the nutrition laboratory, facilities in Brehm include equipment for flow cytometry, molecular biology and tissue culture. The Genomics Hub, housed in the adjacent Plant Biotechnology Building, provides UTIA faculty with technical support and instrumentation necessary for genomics research, including next generation sequencing.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. Jun Lin
Professor
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–4588
Phone: 865–974–5598
Email: jlin6@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Beef Ruminant Nutrition Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12 month, tenure–track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Position Responsibilities: 85% AgResearch and 15% Teaching

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Animal Science or a closely related field and significant experience in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis in rumen physiology and/or rumen microbiology or closely related field. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills and record of scholarly achievements highlighting publications in peer–reviewed journals are essential. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and demonstrated accomplishment in grantsmanship. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Establish an independent, translational research program benefiting the Tennessee, US and global beef industry
  • Develop an extramurally–funded research program (e.g., grants & contracts) -
  • Regularly publish original research articles in peer–reviewed journals
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with organizations and industries serving the beef industry
  • Mentor MS and PhD students
  • Develop and teach a graduate level course in Animal Nutrition, Metabolism, and Rumen Physiology
  • Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science and Institute of Agriculture, such as committee service and student recruitment, and contribute to the efforts of the recently established University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located
near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well–being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. The Department has four research laboratories dedicated to nutrition–based research as well as other multiple laboratories devoted to reproduction, endocrinology, genomics, microbiology, and immunology.

Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at: https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Cattle Resources:
Vast cattle resources are located at six of the UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. These centers currently have an inventory of 900 beef cows, 92 feeding pens, 120 three acre and 18 five acre grazing paddocks. Recently, a GrowSafe system was installed at the Plateau Research & Education Center for Beef Cattle research. In addition, support staff is located at each of these centers. Three dairy research herds are also available with associated production trait data and Calan gate facilities.

Salary: Commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research and teaching interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. Agustin Rius
Assistant Professor
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–4574
Phone: 865–974–3150
Email: arius@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiology Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12 month, tenure–track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities: 80% AgResearch and 20% Teaching.

Qualifications: Earned doctoral degree in Animal Science or a closely related field and significant experience with US beef management systems. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills, record of scholarly achievements highlighting publications in peer–reviewed journals, and efforts related to securing extramural funding to support research efforts are essential.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Establish an independent translational research program benefiting the Tennessee, US and global beef industry
  • Develop an extramurally-funded research program (e.g., grants & contracts).
  • Create scholarly, peer–reviewed original research articles
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with organizations and industries serving the beef industry
  • Mentor MS and PhD students
  • Develop and teach an undergraduate Beef Cattle Management course and a graduate level course in Reproductive Physiology & Endocrinology
  • Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science and Institute of Agriculture, such as committee service and student recruitment
  • Provide research–based information to county Extension Agents and Extension Specialists towards their programmatic efforts

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre–Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well-being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. The Department has multiple research laboratories dedicated to reproduction–based research as well as other laboratories devoted to nutrition, endocrinology, genomics, microbiology, and immunology.

Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at:
https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Cattle Resources:
Vast cattle resources are located at six of the UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. These centers currently have an inventory of 900 beef cows, 92 feeding pens, 120 three acre and 18 five acre grazing paddocks. Recently, a GrowSafe system was installed at the Plateau Research & Education Center for Beef Cattle research. In addition, support staff is located at each of these centers. Three dairy research herds are also available with associated production trait data and Calan gate facilities.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research and teaching interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. J. Lannett Edwards
Professor & Graduate Director
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive  
Knoxville, TN 37996–4574
Phone: 865–946–1011
Email: jedwards@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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