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Assistant Extension Specialist in Small to Midsize Livestock Farming

Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
New Brunswick, New Jersey on the G.H. Cook Campus
Commensurate With Experience
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2022

The Department of Animal Sciences and Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, invite candidates to apply for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Extension Specialist (equivalent to Assistant Professor), with an emphasis on small to midsize livestock and well-being of animals, including humans, through integration of teaching, research, and outreach. Our department aspires to be a global leader in training the next generation of scholars in the areas of comparative endocrinology and integrative physiology, equine science, the sustainability of animal production systems, and companion and laboratory animal science.The Assistant Extension Specialist will lead outreach efforts to small and midsize farms and businesses in the state. The USDA defines small farms as those with annual gross cash farm income, a measure of the farm's revenue (before deducting expenses), as less than $350,000. This growing segment of small animal farms in New Jersey is the primary outreach focus for this position. Successful farm management involves optimizing animal growth, production, and economics, while minimizing environmental impact. A foundation for long-term livestock farm sustainability is dependent on balancing the behavioral and physiological well-being of agricultural animals with farm economics. The Assistant Extension Specialist hired in this area will amplify our efforts in outreach, research, and teaching to small livestock farms and businesses. Their outreach program may include support for one or more of the following: animal production, economics, forage management, and environmental management, including a focus on climate resiliency. Outreach to underserved and urban farmers may also be a component of these programs. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program that focuses on a core discipline of animal science (nutrition, reproduction, forage management, animal well-being, etc.). There is also an expectation to contribute to the Department of Animal Sciences' teaching programs, which will include an emphasis on existing and new Animal Sciences graduate and undergraduate course offerings in sustainable animal agriculture.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate Animal Science or Agricultural Science discipline. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, nutrition, reproduction, forage management, animal production, and animal well-being.

Appointment Term

This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. List of Professional References (contact Info)
  5. Research Statement
  6. Diversity Statement

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