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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
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open
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
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
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
2. Documented grant writing success.
3. Post-doctoral experience.
4. Knowledge and experience with beef cattle production in a semi-arid, range
5. Knowledge and experience in rangeland ecology and management
The Successful Candidate Will
Have great interpersonal skills, be collegial and will be an excellent
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.
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 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.
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: // agresearch.montana.edu/researchcenters.html
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
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
To be considered for this position, please upload your current CV and a
cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred
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