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Assistant Professor of Applied Animal Ethology

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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 Applied Animal Ethology. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Department of Animal Science is building world-class expertise in animal welfare through a faculty core in the disciplines that contribute to the evaluation of animal welfare. We are seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with research efforts focused on affective states in animals, such as, but not limited to, pain, fear and distress. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program with research that may include development of methods to assess animals’ behavioral, neurosensory and/or cognitive responses to housing and management, and strategies to mitigate or prevent negative states. The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental faculty having expertise in microbiology, immunology, nutrition, modeling, genetics and genomics, physiology, behavior, reproduction, and food science. The appointee will teach an undergraduate upper division course in animal behavior (“Principles of Domestic Animal Behavior” Animal Science 104) and one in animal ethics (“Ethics of Animal Use” Animal Science 170) to meet the teaching needs of the departmental curriculum. Mentoring of graduate students, undergraduate student advising, curricular development, participation in and development of outreach programs, and performance of departmental and university service are expected. The successful candidate is expected to work with extension faculty and other partners to provide support for California’s animal industries and consistent with the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

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

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Future Research Plans - relevant to the position description

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments & 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. (Optional)

  • Transcripts - if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree (Optional)

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4 references required (contact information only)