Assistant Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, Lexington, Kentucky

Created 02/11/2024
Employer University of Kentucky
Reference 236710675
Country United States
State Kentucky
City Lexington
Zip 40502
Salary -

University of Kentucky

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.

Posting Details
Posting Details

Job TitleAssistant Professor of Animal and Food SciencesRequisition NumberFE03884Working TitleDepartment Name81070:ANIMAL AND FOOD SCIENCESWork LocationLexington, KYType of PositionFacultyPosition Time Status Full-TimeTenure Track StatusTenure TrackRequired Education
PhD in Animal Science or closely related field.
Required Related Experience
Excellence in research, teaching and grantsmanship.
Required License/Registration/Certification
PhD in Animal Science or closely related field.
Job Summary
Assistant Professor of Animal and Food Sciences as twelve-month faculty member in the Regular Title series (tenure-eligible). The anticipated effort, which is reviewed and modified each year as appropriate, is 85% Research, 10% Teaching, and Service (5%) missions. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

Our ideal colleague will have the capability to study ruminant nutritional physiology at a fundamental level such as metabolic adaptations in the transcriptome, and how these adaptations integrate with cellular and molecular events relative to the function of the whole animal. This position requires a solid foundation in ruminant nutrition as well as the ability to apply both omics technologies and molecular biology techniques to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms that ascribe phenotypes important to ruminant animal productivity (e.g., changes in physiological state, disease, climate stress, etc.). You will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program, conduct both independent and collaborative research related to animal nutrition and to contribute to strong undergraduate and graduate programs in Animal Sciences. Teaching expectations include contributing to graduate courses within the program as well as training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The new faculty member is also expected to work closely with extension educators and partners in allied animal industries towards a common goal of fulfilling the land grant mission and contributing to the University of Kentucky’s Beef Center of Excellence.

Application materials are to include:
• Current curriculum vitae
• Academic Transcripts
• Letter of interest (upload under Cover Letter)
• Statement of research (upload under Specific Request 1)
• Statement of teaching (upload under Specific Request 2)
• Names and contact information for three references.

Candidate questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair; Dr. David L. Harmon at

Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with training and experience. Employment at UK is subject to fund availability and comes with diverse rewards, focusing on your total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:

Applications will be accepted until February 28 2024, or until an acceptable applicant is found.

The University of Kentucky and the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment ( CAFE) are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment of mutual respect where all members of our community are able to fully engage, belong, and succeed. We support and welcome applicants of all identities such as but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, perspectives, beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, religious belief, age, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people. The EEO Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agriculture Science Center North, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40546-0091.
Skills / Knowledge / AbilitiesDoes this position have supervisory responsibilities? YesPreferred Education/ExperienceDeadline to ApplyOpen Until FilledYesUniversity Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all - identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised, other than on the UK Jobs system?
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • UK Job Fair
    • None of the above

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Specific Request 1
  5. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents
  1. Resume


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