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Assistant or Associate Professor - Ruminant Nutritional Physiology
Utah State University

Date Posted Dec. 16, 2021
Title Assistant or Associate Professor - Ruminant Nutritional Physiology
University Utah State University
Logan, UT, United States
Department Physiology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Veterinary Medicine - General
    Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology
    Nutrition & Animal Health

Assistant or Associate Professor - Ruminant Nutritional Physiology

Requisition ID: 2021-4454

Location: US-UT-Logan


Position Type:
Benefited Full-Time

Job Classification:

College of Agriculture & Applied Science

Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences

Advertised Salary:
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) at Utah State University (USU) is seeking applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor. This is a 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology. The successful candidate will contribute to the Research (60%), Teaching (35%), and Service (5%) missions of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) at USU. A candidate with a basic knowledge of the conditions that affect production agriculture in the western U.S. is preferred. Estimated start date is August 1, 2022.


  • The research objective is to develop an innovative, extramurally funded, nationally- and internationally-recognized research program directed toward fundamental studies of nutrient metabolism in ruminants (beef, dairy and sheep/goats) that have potential to improve the efficiency and sustainability of animal production systems in the Intermountain West.
  • The candidate will have the capability to study nutritional physiology at a fundamental level and how it integrates with cellular and molecular events relative to function at the whole-animal level.
  • Opportunities for independent and collaborative research include, but are not limited to, metabolic adaptations to increase productivity; macro- and/or micronutrient metabolism; regulation of intake; interactions of diet and immune function; interactions of host with the gastrointestinal microbial community; nutritional effects on gene and/or protein expression; and/or any other relevant and fundable topics.
  • It is expected that the successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty members in areas such as reproductive physiology, growth biology, animal health and genetics/epigenetics.
  • The candidates research program will be strengthened by, and will contribute to, a strong research base in animal nutrition and related basic sciences within CAAS and throughout USU.
  • Excellence in teaching is highly valued at USU. The successful candidate will be expected to teach ADVS 3500 Principles of Animal Nutrition (3 cr.) and ADVS 5630/6630 Endocrinology (3 cr.).
  • ADVS 5630/6630 is taught every-other-year, so during the off year, the candidate will be expected to develop a graduate-level course in their area of expertise.
  • The candidate will be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students in ruminant nutrition and will be encouraged to provide students with opportunities in USUs highly successful undergraduate research program as well.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned Ph.D. degree with a research emphasis in nutritional physiology or related field.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Postdoctoral experience and/or experience as an independent researcher/investigator.
  • Evidence of successful grantsmanship.
  • Ability to recruit exceptional undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Experience in food animal production agriculture.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience.
  • Experience in applied nutrition.
  • Working knowledge and interest in monogastric nutrition.
  • Understanding of agricultural practices in the Intermountain West.

Additional Qualifications for Rank of Associate Professor:
  • Established research portfolio with sustained record of scholarly activity.
  • Record of excellence in research with a strong publication record.
  • Record of consistent and substantial extramural funding success.
  • Evidence of effectiveness in teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • National or international reputation in the field of ruminant nutrition.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:
  • Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under Resume/CV
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under Documents 1-5

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University is located in Logan/Cache Valley (;, a northern Utah population center of over 100,000 residents. Nestled in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, Logan is 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City and within a days driving distance of six national parks. Its close proximity to ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains make it one of the finest recreation environments in the nation. The area has excellent schools, a low crime rate, and a flourishing arts scene. Utah State University ( is a Carnegie Doctoral Higher Research Activity Land-Grant Institution with an enrollment of 27,662 students.

The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is one of eight academic colleges at Utah State University. CAAS is the home to six diverse departmental units as well as USUs School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016, USU was identified by Campus Explorer as the top school in the US for students preparing for agriculture-related careers. For more information about the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and/or its constituent departments, please visit

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utahs land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah States statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USUs non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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