Assistant/Associate Professor Ruminant Nutrition (Forage Systems)

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Assistant/Associate Professor Ruminant Nutrition (Forage Systems)

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The Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University ( is seeking applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor – Ruminant Nutrition (Forage Systems). This is a nine-month, tenure-track position with 60% research and 40% teaching responsibilities, jointly appointed in the Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Projected start date is August 1, 2021.

Responsibilities: The individual will be expected to develop a strong research and undergraduate/graduate-level instructional program focused on forage-based ruminant nutrition. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on forage utilization. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: plant-animal-soil interactions, digestive physiology and metabolism, grazing management systems, abiotic and biotic stressors in plant-animal systems, and integrated forage crop-livestock systems. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with existing scientists and should have demonstrated experience working in integrated research-Extension teams. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct animal research at outlying Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station research centers located throughout the state that is relevant to stakeholder needs. The candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in animal feeding and nutrition, ruminant nutrition, and forage production and utilization.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Range Science or related discipline at the time employment begins; 2) knowledge of southeastern US forage systems; 3) experience and training in forage-based ruminant nutrition research and ability to independently develop a program in this/these areas; 4) demonstrated ability to teach college-level classes and/or to mentor graduate students; 5) documented evidence of the ability to secure extramural funding for research programs. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications: Postdoctoral, Assistant Professor experience or equivalent industry experience. Strong written and oral communication skills (ability to communicate with both scientific and non-scientific audiences).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application: Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link: and attach the following: 1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the position’s responsibilities 2.
Current curriculum vita, 3. Copies of all academic transcripts 4. Statement of research
interests and accomplishments 5. Statement of teaching philosophy.

When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses
and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only completed application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business February 3, 2021. The search may continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Kim Mullenix, Search Committee Chair, Email:

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