USA, Mississippi – Assistant Professor in Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education with an Emphasis in Small Ruminant Production
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences is seeking an Assistant Extension Professor for a 12-month tenure track (60% Extension/40% Research) position to coordinate statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs as well as develop extension and research programs in small ruminant health, reproduction or management. The Animal and Dairy Sciences Department currently houses approximately 380 undergraduate students, 25 graduate students and 22 faculty, both on campus and at research and extension centers throughout Mississippi. The Department conducts teaching, research and extension activities on the 1200 acre south farm that includes a research sheep herd. The Department began operations on a new 15,000 ft2 Meat Science and Muscle Laboratory in July of 2018 and will move into a new 38,000 ft2 Animal and Dairy Sciences Building in June of 2019. The Department offers Bachelors of Science degrees with concentrations in Pre-Vet/Science, Animal Production, and Business and Industry. Both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Animal and Dairy Sciences.
Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, or a closely related field with an emphasis in small ruminants, experience with sustainable agriculture systems is a plus. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing statewide leadership for the SARE program, which includes an annual budget and staff, coordinate 4-H and youth development programs and adult education, and assist in the management of the Small Ruminant Research Herd. It is expected that the successful candidate will utilize the SARE program to establish a research program that benefits small ruminant producers in the Southeastern region. Additionally, this person will work cooperatively with other extension and research professors, extension area agents, county extension personnel and industry leaders to develop educational programs for clientele and county Extension Agents based on needs assessments to include national, regional, state and local county needs. Programs should be developed with curricula that can be delivered and evaluated by the specialist and/or county Extension Agents resulting in measured impacts.
A successful candidate will have a background in small ruminant livestock systems and will be expected to develop a highly recognized program that integrates small ruminant production into overall agriculture systems. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that is complementary to the individual’s extension programming. Research and extension programming may include but are not limited to: nutrition, livestock management in the Southeast, reproduction, and health. Demonstrated background in obtaining extramural funding is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate his/her research programs into other Departmental and State-Wide research and outreach activities.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background, and experience.
All applicants MUST complete the online Personal Data Information Form located at www.jobs.msstate.edu to be considered for this position. Applicants should apply online at jobs.msstate.edu. Attach to the online application a letter of interest that outlines extension, research and teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae and official transcripts of all college and university work as well as contact information for three letters of reference. Any inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Brandi Karisch at Brandi.Karisch@msstate.edu or 662-325-7465. A review of applications will begin August 15th, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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