Research Assistant Professor, Companion Animal Nutrition -University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nutrition, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Assistant Professor, Companion Animal Nutrition

Department of Animal Sciences

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




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The Department of Animal Sciences is seeking a full-time 100% specialized faculty position working closely with faculty to conduct research in companion animal nutrition, nutrigenomics, and microbiomics.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status... For more information, visit


Specific responsibilities of the Research Assistant Professor are as follows:

  1. Manage all aspects of research experiments.
  2. Collaboratively conduct and coordinate research to meet the needs of faculty and the lab.
  3. Oversee collection of research data, assist with grant applications, and generate progress reports for funded studies.
  4. Collect, analyze, evaluate, and summarize empirical data to recommend and implement improvements to facilitate programmatic goals.    
  5. Maintain and support research protocol standards to assure compliance procedures.
  6. Design, develop, implement, and maintain data collection systems for the lab.
  7. Prepare presentations to be used at scientific meetings and at meetings with stakeholders.
  8. Coordinate on-going teaching and/or training in any areas of human resources, environmental management, animal-care, safety, etc. which effect the on-going regulatory requirements of the unit.
  9. Other duties as assigned to enhance the mission of the department.




Required:  Doctoral degree in Animal Nutrition



Required:  3 years experience conducting post-graduate research in a University setting. Experience  working with companion animals, project management, and budget modeling. Experience using Microsoft office products and microbiome bioinformatics tools

Preferred:  Experience working with graduate students.  Supervisory experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required: Must possess strong knowledge about feed ingredients used in diets for companion animals and in searching scientific literature for composition of feed ingredients. Must have laboratory skills, experience, and knowledge in chemical analysis, genomic biology, and microbiome analysis. Must be detail-oriented, organized and able to address multiple deadlines simultaneously. Capable of working compatibly with other employees and staff.  Successful applicants must possess effective verbal and written communication skills for interaction with a diverse audience of internal and external constituents.


Environmental Demands:

 Some work will be required at non-standard times (i.e., early morning, evening, weekend).  When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground.  In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may frequently weigh up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally weigh up to seventy-five (75) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the Department of Animal Sciences by contacting



Additional Information

The position is a full-time specialized faculty position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.




Candidates should create a profile at and upload their Curriculum Vitae (including email address), a letter of interest, and names and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and experience by November 17, 2021. All requested information must be submitted for the application to be considered.


For more information, contact Kelly Swanson, Professor,


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility





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