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Field Specialist, Dairy Management and Precision Livestock

The Ohio State University
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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FAES | Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tenure faculty (regardless of rank) - persons with the titles of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor who serve on appointments totaling 50% or more service to the university and who are eligible for tenure or who have obtained tenure. Duties and responsibilities are assigned in accordance with the workload guidelines laid out in the pattern of administration of each faculty member’s tenure initiation unit (TIU) and, as appropriate, regional campus; obligations will include research, service and/or teaching or clinical practice.  These faculty will have earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the relevant field of study or possession of equivalent experience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited by the following:

This faculty position provides overall leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive Extension and applied research agenda in Dairy management and precision livestock farming for Agriculture and Natural Resources within the Department of Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Working collaboratively, faculty member will engage with a team of OSU professionals within OSU Extension as well as with cross-disciplinary department and colleges to engage in research and education in the following areas; precision livestock farming, dairy market conditions and policy in conjunction with the Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute, Dairy facility design for animal welfare, Livestock facility ventilation, Dairy calf and heifer care, be a bridge between livestock nutritionist and agronomist to produce high quality low cost feeds, and advise graduate students.

Develop curricula regarding the economics of precision livestock and dairy farming technologies. As new technologies are released provide unbiased resources to producers about how these technologies can be implemented on their farm.

Develop written fact sheets and handouts as well as host or present at field days and conferences.

Contribute and collaborate with other University and industry researchers, faculty and extension educators for on-farm research, education and scholarly work focused on precision dairy farming, precision livestock, dairy facility design, forage diseases, and alternative forages.

Do grant writing as well as peer-reviewed journal publication.

Be a resource for county-based extension professionals, Ohio farmers and producers, industry leaders and professionals, and youth on the subject matter of dairy farm management and precision livestock in the creative ideation of formal and non-formal curricula, writing, research and funding proposals that significantly impacts the lives of Ohioans from farm to table

Facilitate the Dairy team to bring together everyone in Agriculture and Natural Resources within the Department of Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University who is working on activities that will benefit dairy producers in Ohio.

Overall distribution of effort, 60% of the FTE is Dairy Management, 20% Dairy Economics and 20% Precision Livestock.

Base location is to be determined. This is a statewide appointment.

Salary Competitive and commensurate with education and experience.


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment; and encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

Our college’s Principles of Community affirms our conviction that racism has no place in College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Application deadline: Position open until filled with priority given to applications received by 7/1/2022.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a letter of intent stating professional goals and interests, a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a discussion that includes:

  • Evidence of a capacity to work with teams in a collegial manner.
  • A statement of outreach and research interests.
  • A statement on the ways the applicant approaches diversity and inclusion.
  • Names of three individuals and contact information to serve as references
  • All application materials must be received before an application will be considered.

Application and materials should be submitted with application. (PDF format):

Questions should be directed to:

Samuel G. Custer

Ohio State University Extension

Interim Assistant Director

Agriculture and Natural Resources

32 Ag Administration Building

2120 Fyffe Road

Columbus, Ohio 43210

(614) 688-0469 - office

(937) 423-1842 - mobile


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.

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