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Ruminant Reproductive Physiology Faculty Position

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Animal Science Department

Job Title: Ruminant Reproductive Physiology Faculty Position
Job Location: Knoxville , TN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Veterinary medicine & sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2017-09-08
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description


Ruminant Reproductive Physiology Faculty Position
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full-time, 12 month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities: 85% AgResearch and 15% Teaching

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Establish an independent translational or basic research program
  • Develop an extramurally-funded AgResearch program (e.g., grants & contracts)
  • Create scholarly, peer-reviewed original research articles
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with organizations and industries serving animal agriculture
  • Mentor MS and PhD students
  • Teach a core undergraduate course in Reproductive Physiology (ANSC 320)
  • Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science and Institute of Agriculture, such as committee service and student recruitment

About the University and Department

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences; ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 21 faculty members and 21 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. The Department of Animal Science has a major focus in ruminant Reproductive Physiology as well as strong collaborations with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Approximately 600 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in animal industries, biosciences and pre-veterinary medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real-world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs in the Department focus in the areas of animal health and well-being, nutrition, physiological genomics and reproduction. Extension leads adult and 4-H youth programs in beef and dairy cattle, goats, equine, poultry, sheep, swine and environmental management. Ample opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with faculty members in other departments, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Genome Science & Technology program as well as personnel at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Research Resources
Vast research resources exist at 10 UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. These centers currently have an inventory of ~ 1000 mature beef cows, 92 drylot pens, 120 three-acre and 18 five-acre grazing paddocks. In addition, support staff are located at each of these centers. Three dairy research herds are also available with associated production trait data. Furthermore, the ETREC-JARTU Unit is a state of the art facility with over 31,465 square feet of assignable space that includes environmentally controlled animal rooms and surgical suites with capability to house cattle, sheep and other ruminants. The UTIA Genomics hub located on the agriculture campus is a multi-use facility that provides support for genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and imaging. Multiple facilities are also available across campus as hub units such as the microscopy core, biological and small molecule mass spectrometry core and the division of biology sequencing facility.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, a competitive start-up package is available.

Job Requirements

Qualifications: Earned doctoral degree in Animal Science or a closely related field and significant experience with ruminant reproductive physiology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a national/internationally recognized research program with an emphasis in the area of reproductive physiology, biology or endocrinology. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills, record of scholarly achievements highlighting publications in peer-reviewed journals, and efforts related to securing extramural funding to support research efforts are essential. Post-doctoral experience preferred and all applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a long-term basis.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Application: Review of applications will commence October 20, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit in a single pdf a letter of application, statements describing their AgResearch and Teaching interests, official transcripts, names and addresses of at least three individuals that are willing to serve as references, and a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to Shelley Johnson at Please direct questions to Dr. Ky Pohler at or (865) 974-3182.

Dr. Ky Pohler, Search Committee Chair
Attention: Shelley Johnson, Administrative Specialist
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
251A Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-4574

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.


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