Utah State University

Assistant or Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/7/2023 6:25 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) at Utah State University (USU) is seeking applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition who will contribute to the Research (60%), Teaching (35%), and Service (5%) missions of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS). The candidate is expected to develop an innovative, extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program that utilizes both basic and applied research methods to address knowledge gaps and critical needs in dairy cattle nutrition. The candidate’s research program will be strengthened by and will contribute to a strong research base in animal nutrition and related basic sciences within CAAS and throughout USU. The successful candidate should be prepared to establish an independent research enterprise promptly and obtain robust funding support from state, federal, or private entities. 


The successful candidate's research program should help improve the efficiency and sustainability of animal production systems in the Intermountain West while also answering mechanistic questions related to dairy cattle nutrition and production. This faculty member will have the opportunity for extensive collaboration with other scientists in the ADVS department conducting research in reproductive physiology, growth biology, animal health, and genetics/epigenetics. Additionally, there are opportunities for collaboration across CAAS and the university, as well as within the two USDA-ARS research stations (forage and range research laboratory and poisonous plants research laboratory) located on the Logan campus.


Excellence in teaching is highly valued at USU. The successful candidate will be expected to teach ADVS courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses will be determined based on the department's needs and the successful applicant's expertise. The candidate will be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students in dairy nutrition and will be encouraged to provide students with opportunities in USU’s highly successful undergraduate research program.


The candidate will also be expected to be involved in service activities for the department, college, and university as well as external opportunities at the national and international level within their field.


Anticipated start date is January 2024, to be negotiated at time of appointment.


Serve as a member of the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences faculty including:

  • Carrying out an active line of research and publication,
  • Seeking extramural funding to support research and graduate student training,
  • Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate classes in animal and dairy sciences,
  • Supervising undergraduate and graduate student research experiences,
  • Advising and mentoring graduate students,
  • Collaborating in department and university program development, and
  • Providing service to the department, university, community, state, and scholarly discipline as appropriate.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. degree with a research emphasis in ruminant nutrition, nutritional physiology, or a related field.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as a team member in a collaborative setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish refereed scientific research and obtain funding for research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the conditions that affect livestock production agriculture in the Intermountain West region of the U.S.
  • Prior experience in grantsmanship and demonstrated success at obtaining extramural funding.
  • Ability to recruit exceptional undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience in food animal production agriculture and applied nutrition.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience.
  • Postdoctoral training and/or experience as an independent researcher/investigator/scientist.

Additional Qualifications for the Rank of Associate Professor:

  • Experience directing a productive research program with a sustained record of robust scholarly activity.
  • Record of consistent and substantial success in obtaining extramural funding.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • National or international reputation in the field of ruminant nutrition.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter to be uploaded under "Other Documents 1-10"


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

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