This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available January 1, 2021, in the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research program in animal physiology which can be applied to development and growth of skeletal muscle or adipose, whole animal energetics and physiology, or conversion of muscle to meat. Research areas could include fundamental mechanisms regulating fetal or postnatal growth, muscle protein turnover, animal or carcass composition, or cellular energy metabolism. The ideal candidate will complement existing programs in muscle biology, applied meat science, and food safety. There are additional opportunities for collaboration in the department and interdisciplinary program in animal and cell biology, and across the university. Core facilities within UF’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) contain equipment and expertise for bioinformatics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, metabolomics, electron microscopy, cytometry, DNA sequencing, and gene expression analyses. In addition to establishing a productive research program, the candidate is also expected to engage in scholarly activity related to teaching, including mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Teaching requirements may include undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science, growth and development, and physiology. Final teaching responsibilities will be determined by the candidate’s expertise and instruction needs of the department.
Tenure will accrue in the Department of Animal Sciences. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.
The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in animal science, physiology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Demonstrable or potential ability to attract extramural funding and publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Teaching and postdoctoral experience is desirable.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:
Please refer to Requisition # 60145
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences
Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals that will be willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Letters are not initially required, but may be requested by the chair of the search and screen committee following notification to the candidate.
Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.
Internal Number: 60145
About University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences
Florida boasts large and vibrant beef, dairy and horse industries that have strong ties to research, teaching and extension programs within IFAS. The Department of Animal Sciences has an emphasis on the forage consuming species, particularly cattle and horses, and their products useful to humankind. There are significant strengths in the Department in the areas of physiology, nutrition and meat science that will serve as fertile collaborative potential for the incumbent to this position. The Department also has substantial farm facilities for housing beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and pigs for use by faculty in research, teaching and extension efforts.