Assistant Professor- Animal Science *Havre, MT*

Montana State University

United States

October 31, 2021


Position Details Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21056

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Emi Smith at 406-265-6115 or

Classification Title Working Title Assistant Professor- Animal Science Havre, MT Brief Position Overview Faculty Tenure Track Yes Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Position Number 4B5284 Department AES NARC Division College of Agriculture/MAES Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications. Contract Type MUS If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This scientist position is located at the Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) which is a diversified crop and livestock research facility located seven miles southwest of Havre (pop. 10,000). Havre, MT offers year- round outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, golfing, skiing and ice skating. Cultural attractions include museums, galleries, concerts and live theater. Historical attractions nearby include the Montana Dinosaur Trail, Fort Assinniboine and Buffalo Jump. Havre is a small town with a low crime rate, and is the focal point of commercial activity in the Hi-Line region. Also located in Havre, but not part of the research center, is Montana State University-Northern , north central Montana's comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a range beef cattle research program focused on cow/calf management strategies that optimizes economic and environmental sustainability of range beef production in Montana and the western US. Research may include across discipline interactions focused on cow/calf beef production systems (nutrition, biometrics, management, precision agriculture, crop (range)/livestock interactions & integration or impacts or end product value). The ideal candidate will develop research program focused on providing the information and tools needed to assist ranchers and land managers in optimizing land resources for beef cattle while maintaining or enhancing the vegetation diversity and the biological process that are mediated, in part, by healthy soils and desirable plant communities. As a result, an integrated approach to developing economically relevant management strategies and recommendations for Montana and regional range beef cattle production practices is expected. The research program should have immediate and long-lasting effects to western beef cattle production. The individual is expected to collaborate with other scientists, extension personnel, ranchers, related industry representatives, advisory and commodity groups to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs, as well as from industry, will be required to provide adequate research program support of a nationally recognized program. The position is expected to communicate research findings in oral and written formats, including refereed publications. Participation in outreach and service activities is expected. The successful individual will also provide expertise to other research programs in the Department, College and MAES as appropriate.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. An earned Ph. D. in Animal Science or related discipline at the time of hire. 2. Experience in Western beef cattle production systems. 3. Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing livestock research using accepted scientific methodology, and interpreting research results to solve problems. 4. Established ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with scientists, agricultural producers, and stakeholders. 5. Established scientific publication record commensurate with training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain strong collaborations and conduct research with project leaders in other departments, state and federal agencies 2. Documented grant writing success. 3. Post-doctoral experience. 4. Knowledge and experience with beef cattle production in a semi-arid, range environment. 5. Knowledge and experience in rangeland ecology and management

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have great interpersonal skills, be collegial and will be an excellent communicator.
  • Be an exceptional collaborator who will help improve research team efforts at NARC and within the entire MAES system and the College of Agriculture.
  • Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    Physical Demands

    The successful candidate must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and lift up to 75 pounds on occasion. To perform this job successfully, individuals must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    The Program

    The Department of Research Centers represents a unique organizational unit with faculty and staff that conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus research centers throughout Montana. This is a transformational period for the Department with faculty searches underway in cropping systems and plant pathology, with discussions underway regarding future positions. The locus of tenure will be the Department of Research Centers.

    The Department

    Montana State University (MSU) Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) has 3,000 acres at the main facility and an additional 3,960 acres of grazing land located in the nearby Bear Paw Mountains. The research center has recently completed $3.8 million of new construction and renovation, including a new $2.1 million office/laboratory complex. In the spring of 2014, two center pivot irrigation systems were installed for research and production. The livestock facilities include a finishing/development dry lot and individual animal electronic identification (EID) system. The research center is typical of the environments where the majority of the cattle production occurs in Montana. Current NARC livestock research objectives include identifying genetic components associated with reproductive efficiency, utilizing nontraditional crops in backgrounding weaned calves, development of supplementation strategies to augment winter adaptive behaviors of range cows, and defining the repeatability of residual feed intake measurements using lower quality roughages and high concentrate diets. The NARC cow herd consists of approximately 300 Angus/Angus Simmental cross cattle. A modern research scale greenhouse was funded and designed with construction to be completed in the near future. These facilities support the scientists to conduct both crop and livestock research at NARC which is distinctly unique to MSU. The current research center when fully staffed consists of three faculty, two operation managers, research scientists, 12 permanent support personnel. MSU-NARC is one of the seven research centers that forms the Research Centers Department. Faculty members at NARC conduct independent as well as collaborative basic and applied research projects with faculty at other Research Centers, main campus in Bozeman and other Universitas. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives from the five surrounding counties, provides guidance on NARC research priorities. Additional information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Research Centers and the Northern Agricultural Research Center may be found by accessing MSU's College of Agriculture web page at https: //

    The College

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on 10/31/2021 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    To be considered for this position, please upload your current CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

    MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https:// www. .

    FLSA Details FLSA Status Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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