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Assistant Professor Position 128919

Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences Notice of Vacancy
WSU Position #128919

TITLE: Assistant Professor, 9-month, full-time permanent tenure track, at the rank of Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Washington State University—Pullman, Washington

SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

START: August 16, 2019; negotiable


Washington State University (WSU) Department of Animal Sciences seeks to hire an Assistant Professor starting July 2019. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses (60%) and maintaining a high quality research program (40%). The primary teaching responsibility is within the undergraduate program with an emphasis in nutrition and dairy production and management as well as courses matching the expertise of the candidate. The development and delivery of graduate level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and contribution to other courses as requested is also expected. In addition, the candidate is expected to coach the Dairy Challenge team. The area of research will be focused on addressing critical issues in dairy nutrition, which may include fundamental areas such as nutrigenomics, nutrition and immune function, and gastrointestinal microbial metabolism, or applied studies on nutritional management of dairy cows (e.g. food safety, data mining from robotic milking and other sensors, water use, precision nutrition).

As a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences, the successful candidate will publish in refereed journals, secure extramural funding, and mentor and advise graduate students. Departmental, college and university service are expected. The successful candidate must have a commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.

Departmental research resources include the Knott Dairy Center, feed plant, meats laboratory, feedlot and beef cow herd, a laboratory animal facility, and modern laboratory and teaching space. In addition, WSU and University of Idaho have a joint School of Food Science which includes expertise in dairy products, including facilities for production of cheese and other products. Strong relationships with the Washington dairy producer organizations exist and these relationships present opportunities for collaboration in research, teaching and outreach. There are also exciting interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities with many departments and centers across the WSU system.


Duties are maintenance of a strong teaching and research program. The successful candidate will establish a competitive research program that attracts extramural funding, advise graduate students, and publish peer-reviewed publications. The candidate will teach undergraduates in courses related to animal sciences, dairy nutrition and management and at the graduate level in their area of expertise. Additionally, service to the Department, College and University is expected.



  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in animal or dairy science with a strong record of publication and academic accomplishment
  • Postdoctoral training and/or equivalent experience (minimum 1 year)
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and interest in dairy cow nutrition and management and the dairy industry
  • Proven expertise and demonstrated desire to teach undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated potential to establish and maintain an externally funded teaching and research program with a record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and computer communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a team environment
  • Possess hands-on expertise in livestock systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community


  • Demonstrated experience in teaching livestock courses and conducting research with livestock
  • Demonstrated experience working within the dairy industry
  • Extramurally funded research activity complementary to existing Department, College and University strengths
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • Proven expertise in teaching foundational animal sciences courses


The Department of Animal Sciences at WSU offers the only four-year Animal Sciences degree in the state of Washington. Research in Animal Sciences is focused on mission-oriented and fundamental research in the areas of sustainable resources for society and sustaining and improving animal and human health. These research foci include animal behavior and well-being, environmental sustainability, genomics and genetics, muscle biology, nutrition, reproductive biology and physiology. Research is conducted in new state of the art research facilities that facilitate undergraduate and graduate student research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students are the heart of our department, and we are committed to preparing them for success in diverse career paths including veterinary school, agricultural industries or academic positions in the Animal Sciences. Experimental learning and research rely on extensive use of campus animal facilities. Students and faculty work collaboratively with the Washington Center for Muscle Biology, Center for Reproductive Biology, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being, and the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach.

For more information, visit the Department of Animal Sciences homepage


The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 15 academic units and four research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

For more information, visit the CAHNRS homepage


Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

Further information can be found at the WSU homepage


Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides many opportunities to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: Pullman Chamber of Commerce


Screening of applications will begin May 16, 2019, open until filled. Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, should be submitted electronically via The candidate should provide contact information for 3 individuals who will be contacted electronically to submit a recommendation letter. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For more information, or to express interest, please contact Nancy Irlbeck, Search Committee Chair, Department of Animal Sciences;; 509-335-9644. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see

WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or