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Precision Beef Systems & Agricultural Statistics Assistant, Endowed Associate or Full Professor

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications.
Posted Date
Mar 2, 2023

Job Details


The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Endowed Associate or Full Professor.


Earned doctoral degree in Animal or Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field at the time of employment at the University of Tennessee. Interested in developing or applying precision technologies to beef cattle systems. Research program emphasis in the areas of beef cattle production, such as herd health, environmental sustainability, climate resilience, genetic improvement, or precision management. Possesses advanced training in data science or experience in statistics. Individual must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. They should also have or be willing to develop a passion for beef cattle-focused research and applications of statistics and data science to animal agriculture. To be considered for the rank of endowed associate or full professor, the candidate must have a proven record of scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals, successes in obtaining extramural grant and contract funding to support research efforts, a passionate teacher, and effectively mentoring graduate students that are worthy of the respective rank. All applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a long-term basis.

Responsibilities and Expectations: 

●  9-month, tenure-track position with 85% Research and 15% Teaching responsibilities

●  Establish an independent, nationally recognized research program (basic and/or applied) in the area of Precision Beef Systems, with emphasis on any area of beef production that would benefit Tennessee, US, and global livestock industries. This could include herd health, environmental sustainability, climate resilience, genetic improvement, precision management, applied data science, or artificial intelligence.

●  Form collaborative research partnerships with faculty within and outside the university, especially in association with the new Hickman Precision Agriculture Technology Unit and Precision Livestock Farming Program (

●  Develop an extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program

●  Be prolific in scholarly publications and presentations

●  Successfully mentor undergraduate and graduate student research assistants

●  Teach one graduate-level course on Experimental Design (ANSC 571) per year

●  Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science such as committee service and recruitment

Research efforts may integrate any type of experimental data or techniques related to the applicant's interests, possibly including sensor development & deployment, “omics” data, high-throughput phenotyping, machine learning applications, or data science/management, into data-driven solutions for beef production systems. Research can focus on various beef-related challenges such as herd health, genetic improvement, precision management, environmental sustainability, and/or climate resilience. Individuals having interests in an area including but not limited to Data Science, Animal Genomics, Reproduction, Nutrition, Health-Epidemiology, Statistics, or Bioinformatics would fit well within existing groups of Animal Science faculty. Teaching responsibilities include serving as primary instructor for a graduate level statistical methods course in experimental design and analysis of biological research (ANSC 571) which is taught every spring semester with an enrollment of approximately 50 students across agriculture disciplines.




What began in 1794 as a small college in the Southwest Territory has grown into Tennessee’s flagship university and premier public research institution. UT Knoxville, which includes the UT Space Institute and the UT Institute of Agriculture, serves the state by educating its citizens, enhancing its culture, and making a difference in people’s lives through research and service. We embody excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement.

Animal Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is focused on the mission of the land-grant system: education, research, and outreach. Our faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students all participate in these focus areas in part or in whole. Our teaching is directed toward assisting students with their career aspirations or providing direction for another path if needed. Our research involves all parties of the department, from our dedicated faculty and staff to our outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. With the entirety of Animal Science providing solutions to today’s animal agriculture and human health questions, we continue to generate science-based information for our stakeholders, including students. With our excellent Extension specialists, we can discuss and demonstrate to our producers and county agents with science-based information the potential changes and improvement that will impact their financial situation. Involving graduate and undergraduate students in each part of our mission of teaching, research, and outreach continues to move AS at the University of Tennessee forward in our goal to help producers globally provide a safe and healthy product.

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