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University of Illinois- Assistant Professor

University of Illinois –  Department of Animal Sciences 

Seeking Assistant Professor in Precision Animal Management

The Department of Animal Sciences makes discoveries contributing to a safe, nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food supply that enhances the well-being of humans and animals. Through internationally-recognized programs involving research, teaching, and outreach, our faculty are helping solve some of our world’s greatest challenges. We invite candidates interested in conducting research on the relations and interactions between livestock species and their environment in collaboration with top-notch engineering and computer science expertise. Applicants should have a strong scholarly record of using applied data science techniques to ultimately improve welfare and production efficiency of livestock species and maximize environmental stewardship of agricultural operations. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with faculty and students of the department, the college, and the university in areas relevant to this position.
Responsibilities:

•Integrate applied livestock management themes (e.g., housing, animal behavior, animal health, stress physiology) with cutting-edge techniques in data science (e.g., high-throughput phenotyping, data visualization, predictive analytics) to enable informed management decisions based on real-time data. 
•Advance the field of animal sciences through timely collection of accurate data at either the individual or population levels for developing regular monitoring and targeted management interventions for animal welfare, nutrition, and health as part of cost-effective production of high-quality animal products. 
•Engage in teaching appropriate courses in areas not limited to applied animal behavior/welfare/health and data science, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.
Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, or a closely related technical field, a commitment to teaching, and an ability to establish an externally funded, internationally-recognized program of research.
Application Process: 

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 2, 2018. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates may be interviewed before the closing date; however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create a candidate profile at go.aces.illinois.edu/101744 and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement (including future plans), a statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references. References will be requested for all submitted applications; references will be contacted within 2-3 days of submission to provide this information. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.
Close Date:
November 2, 2018
Proposed Start Date:
Anticipated starting date for position is August 16th, 2019
Salary/Appointment: 
Competitive, based on qualifications and rank, 9-month academic year, tenure track, research/teaching. The traditional teaching load is two courses per year.

For More Information:
Contact:
Search Chair
Dr. Ryan Dilger
rdilger2@illinois.edu
217-333-2006
Department Head
Dr. Rodney Johnson
rwjohn@illinois.edu
217-244-1681