The University of Missouri invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Beef Reproduction Extension and Research in the Division of Animal Sciences ( https://animalsciences.missouri.edu/ ), an academic unit of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This tenure-track, 9-month position will have approximately 60% extension and 40% research responsibilities. The selected candidate is expected to develop nationally recognized, extramurally funded, independent extension programs and engage in collaborative research. The successful beef reproduction state specialist would provide leadership to regional specialists regarding beef reproduction programming ( The Role and Responsibilities of State Specialists ). This position serves as part of a team of State Extension Specialists with beef focus both in the Division (genetics focus and nutrition focus) and in other Divisions (e.g., beef health, economics, engineering etc.).
Extension emphasis will be focused on beef reproductive physiology, including overseeing the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer program, a CAFNR Program of Distinction. Additionally, the faculty member would contribute to collaborative outreach efforts such as the Mizzou Repro platforms and the Whole System Management of Beef Cattle Reproduction curriculum. Research emphasis should complement extension programming and collaborate with MU researchers. The faculty member would also engage with the National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics (NCARG), a University of Missouri effort, and would be encouraged to participate in multi-state efforts such as the Beef Reproduction Task Force. The successful extension specialist would help coordinate and speak at regional, state, and national meetings.
The University of Missouri is an AAU member, Carnegie R1 institution, and one of the most comprehensive land grant universities in the nation, including agriculture, veterinary medicine, human medicine, engineering, journalism and law. Excellent facilities and opportunities for collaboration across the campus, system and state are available. Office space will be in the Animal Science Research Center, which houses research and teaching facilities, including: nutrition, metabolism, physiology, and molecular laboratory space and equipment; the Brody Environmental Center, with environmental chambers for livestock studies; a laboratory animal facility; large animal rooms, and fully-equipped surgical facilities for lab animals and livestock. The University of Missouri has several herds of cattle that are part of the four Research, Extension, and Education Centers within the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station ( https://moaes.missouri.edu/ ).
A unique attraction is the opportunity to collaborate with our nationally-recognized researchers in all animal science disciplines, including genetics, reproduction, and nutrition. The University of Missouri is a leader in reproduction research, with emphasis in both male and female assisted reproductive technologies. Further, MU is a leader in the use of genetically engineered livestock for agricultural applications, hosting the NIH-funded National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC; https://nsrrc.missouri.edu/ ). Outstanding collaborative opportunities exist with other Divisions in the College, as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, School of Journalism and other units on campus.
Importance of Beef Production in Missouri: Missouri typically ranks 2nd or 3rd in the U.S. for cow-calf numbers ( https://agriculture.mo.gov/topcommodities.php ). Missouri is home to the offices of at least 5 breed associations (American Angus Association, American Hereford Association, American International Charolais Association, American Maine-Anjou Association, American Shorthorn Association), and researchers have strong ties to other breed associations. In addition to vibrant commercial beef production, Missouri boasts some of the most renown seedstock producers in the U.S.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Animal Science
Candidates will be evaluated on:
- Significant experience with ruminant reproductive physiology
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in extension and research, ideally in areas that will complement existing Division extension and research programs
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate extension, outreach, research, and interactions with faculty, staff, students, and the various constituency groups of the Missouri and U.S. beef industry
- Letter of interest addressing the applicant’s qualifications
- Comprehensive curriculum vitae
- Statement of extension philosophy
- Statement of research interests and objectives
- Academic transcripts
- Address, phone number
- Email addresses of 4 references
Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to Animal Sciences.
Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Marcia Shannon ( CarlsonM@missouri.edu ).
About MU: MU is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. The University is located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City in Columbia, a vibrant community consistently ranked as one of the best small cities for livability, in the U.S. The Division of Animal Sciences is one of the top departments in the university in terms of extramural funding, research productivity and student numbers. The graduate program is among the top-ranked in the nation, by the National Research Council. The division values diversity and welcomes members of all groups among faculty, staff and students.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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