Assistant Professor in Beef Production Management (201700183F), tenure-track, 9-month appointment (40% teaching, 40% research, 20% service).
Cattle make a significant contribution to agriculture in Colorado and across the nation. Together, the 2.5 million cattle that make up Colorado’s beef and dairy industries generate over $4 billion in revenues annually – approximately two-thirds of all agricultural sales in the state. Colorado is home to over 700,000 beef cows, 13,000 beef producers, and 1 million cattle on feed. Two major beef packing plants harvest over 2.5 million fed cattle annually.
This new faculty position will focus on beef cattle production research and education, and is expected to join the Beef and Dairy Management Systems faculty group in the Department of Animal Sciences. Additional opportunities will be available and are expected in relation to collaborating with other departmental faculty groups (i.e. Breeding and Genetics, Meat Safety and Quality, Ruminant Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, and/or Animal Well-being/Welfare). This position should help educate students studying animal agriculture and translate research to producers working across segments of the beef industry in Colorado. Thus, research and education focusing on one or more of the following areas is anticipated:
•Beef cattle production and management focused on long-term profitability and sustainable production practices. •Plant-animal interactions related to beef cattle, including forage utilization and grazing behavior and management. •Range beef cow management, grazing, and supplementation strategies. •Data-oriented management and decision making within beef cattle operations, including the use of computational modelling that may span multiple segments of the industry. •Economic analysis of production practices and management decisions affecting profitability.
The successful candidate should have an interest in developing new undergraduate and/or graduate courses, based on the candidate’s expertise and interest, which relate to one or more of the areas mentioned above. Opportunities may also available to teach existing course offerings, including collaborating with teaching faculty in a team-teaching format.
Effort in grantsmanship and development of collaborative research opportunities, as well as graduate student training, will be expected in this position. Demonstrated communication skills and a capability to interact with industry stakeholders are crucial in this position. Collaboration with existing beef extension and outreach faculty via producer outreach through statewide and county-based beef extension programs will also be expected.
The successful candidate will be encouraged to continue the tradition of strong collaboration with other departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Warner College of Natural Resources.
This position will have access to all departmental experimental animal herds, facilities, and laboratories. Beef cattle facilities include the Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC, Fort Collins, CO) consisting of 150 purebred Angus and Hereford seedstock cows that graze under center-pivot irrigation, research feedlot with fifty-one 10-head pens, and a 190-head feed intake unit equipped with GrowSafe technology; the Beef Improvement Center (BIC, Saratoga, WY) consisting of 400 purebred Angus seedstock cows; the Eastern Colorado Research Center (ECRC, Akron, CO) comprising 350 commercial cows and a 600-head research feedlot; and the Maxwell Ranch (Livermore, CO) which includes a 300-head Angus-Hereford commercial cowherd.
A competitive start-up package will be provided for use within the first 3 years; however, acquisition of external funds – including via grantsmanship, gifts, and fees – will be necessary for long-term support of research activities.
Colorado State University is Colorado’s Land Grant University and the Department of Animal Sciences is responsible for educating approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 60 graduate students at any given time. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of the beef industry and its trade organizations.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is based on a 9-month appointment, but is competitive with typical 12-month appointments. Although a 9-month appointment, the potential exists to provide an additional two months of summer salary and benefits. The start-up package can be arranged to include summer salary during the first 3 years of the appointment.
Required Job Qualifications (applicants must meet the following key qualifications for consideration):
•Completed Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Range Science, Beef Cattle Production Economics, or closely related field from an accredited institution or DVM with advanced academic training by start date. •Demonstrated understanding of the U.S. beef cattle industry, including a clear potential to interact with, and provide outreach service to industry stakeholders. •Provide evidence of verbal, written, and teaching/outreach communication skills. •Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary setting in beef production. •Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
•Evidence of the capability to effectively teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. •Show promise in team-building skills and potential to manage multidisciplinary education and research projects. •Evidence of the ability to have a strong scientific publication record. •At least two years demonstrated work experience in the beef cattle industry in a full-time position. •Evidence of grantsmanship and the capability to obtain extramural research funding. •Experience working in beef cattle research, teaching, and/or outreach activities that have application within, or across, the segments and disciplines of the beef industry. •Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience plus comprehensive benefits package.