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Assistant Professor of Animal Science

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 9th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Mar 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Animal Science with a preferred emphasis on the application of nutritional, physiological, or genetic strategies to improve animal production with the goal of enhancing the nutritional value of animal-sourced products (meat, milk, fish, poultry, eggs) for human consumption. The position is one of three positions sought to explore critical linkages between food production, food consumption, and nutrition of animals and human populations. This academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach in the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Department of Animal Science is seeking applicants that use animal nutrition, genetic selection, or applied physiological or molecular genetic approaches to research how animal-sourced foods might foster human health (i.e. prevent chronic diseases). Research topics could include developing new feeding strategies/sources, genetic selection to improve the nutritional quality of food products, or the use of genetic engineering/gene editing approaches to enhance the level of functional components in an animal-based food product. Research into contributions of animal-source foods in meeting the goal of nutrition security to promote good health and well-being is preferred.

The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in nutrition, microbiology, physiology, quantitative and molecular genetics, quantitative assessment of production systems, and other areas related to their field of research. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to collaborate with existing departmental colleagues with expertise in soil, water and atmospheric sciences and specifically with other colleagues in the Land, Air and Water Resources, Plant Sciences and Nutrition departments as part of the College Integrated Research and Education (CIRE-1) proposal entitled “Strengthening the Linkages between Agriculture and Nutrition”.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in the broad area of enhancing the nutritional value of animal–based food products to address critical or emerging societal issues in human health and contribute to the strong theme of the department on environmental and social sustainability. The appointee will be responsible for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes. These could include one section of the upper-division biochemistry series (ABI 102/103) or another advanced course such as ANS 100 (Animal Physiology) or AVS 103 (Avian Development and Genomics), a laboratory course or other undergraduate (ANS 2, Introductory Animal Science) and graduate courses related to animal agriculture within their area of expertise as assigned by the Chair. The typical teaching expectation is 2.5 courses per year. The appointee is also expected to advise undergraduates. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service are expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publication list.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2 (Optional)

  • Publication 3 (Optional)

  • Transcritpts - If the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Statement of Future Research Plans - Relevant to the application of nutritional, physiological, or genetic strategies to improve animal production with the goal of enhancing the nutritional value of animal‐sourced products.

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)