Assistant Professor in Beef Production Management

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Assistant Professor in Beef Production Management
Posting Number 201700183F
Proposed Annual Salary Range Commensurate with experience plus comprehensive benefits package.
Position Type Faculty
Work Hours/Week 40
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes
% Research 40
% Teaching 40
% Service 20
% Administration 0
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/11/2017
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date 01/01/2018
Position End Date
Position Summary

Cattle make a significant contribution to agriculture in Colorado and across the nation. Together, the 2.5 million cattle that make up Colorado’s beef and dairy industries generate over $4 billion in revenues annually – approximately two-thirds of all agricultural sales in the state. Colorado is home to over 700,000 beef cows, 13,000 beef producers, and 1 million cattle on feed. Two major beef packing plants harvest over 2.5 million fed cattle annually.

This new faculty position will focus on beef cattle production research and education, and is expected to join the Beef and Dairy Management Systems faculty group in the Department of Animal Sciences. Additional opportunities will be available and are expected in relation to collaborating with other departmental faculty groups (i.e. Breeding and Genetics, Meat Safety and Quality, Ruminant Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, and/or Animal Well-being/Welfare). This position should help educate students studying animal agriculture and translate research to producers working across segments of the beef industry in Colorado. Thus, research and education focusing on one or more of the following areas is anticipated:
• Beef cattle production and management focused on long-term profitability and sustainable production practices.
• Plant-animal interactions related to beef cattle, including forage utilization and grazing behavior and management.
• Range beef cow management, grazing, and supplementation strategies.
• Data-oriented management and decision making within beef cattle operations, including the use of computational modelling that may span multiple segments of the industry.
• Economic analysis of production practices and management decisions affecting profitability.

The successful candidate should have an interest in developing new undergraduate and/or graduate courses, based on the candidate’s expertise and interest, which relate to one or more of the areas mentioned above. Opportunities may also available to teach existing course offerings, including collaborating with teaching faculty in a team-teaching format.

Effort in grantsmanship and development of collaborative research opportunities, as well as graduate student training, will be expected in this position. Demonstrated communication skills and a capability to interact with industry stakeholders are crucial in this position. Collaboration with existing beef extension and outreach faculty via producer outreach through statewide and county-based beef extension programs will also be expected.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to continue the tradition of strong collaboration with other departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Warner College of Natural Resources.

This position will have access to all departmental experimental animal herds, facilities, and laboratories. Beef cattle facilities include the Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC, Fort Collins, CO) consisting of 150 purebred Angus and Hereford seedstock cows that graze under center-pivot irrigation, research feedlot with fifty-one 10-head pens, and a 190-head feed intake unit equipped with GrowSafe technology; the Beef Improvement Center (BIC, Saratoga, WY) consisting of 400 purebred Angus seedstock cows; the Eastern Colorado Research Center (ECRC, Akron, CO) comprising 350 commercial cows and a 600-head research feedlot; and the Maxwell Ranch (Livermore, CO) which includes a 300-head Angus-Hereford commercial cowherd.

A competitive start-up package will be provided for use within the first 3 years; however, acquisition of external funds – including via grantsmanship, gifts, and fees – will be necessary for long-term support of research activities.

Colorado State University is Colorado’s Land Grant University and the Department of Animal Sciences is responsible for educating approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 60 graduate students at any given time. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains one hour north of metro Denver, and offers excellent access to transportation, all outdoor interests, and a wide cross-section of the beef industry and its trade organizations.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is based on a 9-month appointment, but is competitive with typical 12-month appointments. Although a 9-month appointment, the potential exists to provide an additional two months of summer salary and benefits. The start-up package can be arranged to include summer salary during the first 3 years of the appointment.

Conditions of Employment
Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following key qualifications for consideration:

  • Completed Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Range Science, Beef Cattle Production Economics, or closely related field from an accredited institution or DVM with advanced academic training by start date.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the U.S. beef cattle industry, including a clear potential to interact with, and provide outreach service to industry stakeholders.
  • Provide evidence of verbal, written, and teaching/outreach communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary setting in beef production.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Evidence of the capability to effectively teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Show promise in team-building skills and potential to manage multidisciplinary education and research projects.
  • Evidence of the ability to have a strong scientific publication record.
  • At least two years demonstrated work experience in the beef cattle industry in a full-time position.
  • Evidence of grantsmanship and the capability to obtain extramural research funding.
  • Experience working in beef cattle research, teaching, and/or outreach activities that have application within, or across, the segments and disciplines of the beef industry.
  • Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply: Please submit materials that include: 1) cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, 2) comprehensive CV, 3) official academic transcripts for all degrees, and 4) names, email addresses and phone numbers for three persons who may be contacted for letters of recommendation if requested by the search committee. References will not be contacted without prior notification to applicant. For full consideration, apply by 08/11/2017.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Laura Bonner,, 970-491-5177

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching

Develop new, and support existing, beef cattle oriented undergraduate and graduate coursework based on expertise/interest and departmental needs.

Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Research

Develop an applied research program in beef cattle that complements teaching and outreach activities, including both ranch-level demonstration projects as well as replicated research trials.

Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Outreach

Provide support to statewide beef extension and engagement programs based on stakeholder needs.

Percentage Of Time 20

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Official Transcripts
Optional Documents