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Apply now Job no: 229026-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences

Position Summary:

UW-Madison invites applicants for a tenure track (academic 9-month) position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. This newly-created position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Hub is an exciting new initiative at three of the leading UW agricultural schools (UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls) and fosters dairy research, education and outreach in the priority areas of Stewarding Land & Water Resources, Ensuring Animal Health & Welfare, Growing Farm Businesses & Communities, and Enriching Human Health and Nutrition. The position will support the, Ensuring Animal Health & Welfare, priority area, and will have a tenure home within the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of research, instruction, outreach, and service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. Additionally, as a Hub supported position, the faculty member will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Hub researchers, pursue Hub funding opportunities, and participate in Hub programs. For more information on the Dairy Innovation Hub ( and UW-Madison CALS Hub efforts ( please visit the websites.

Principal Duties:

The incumbent will perform research, teaching, and outreach in their area of expertise in ways that are relevant to dairy agriculture and related fields.

This individual will develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program in the area of rumen microbial physiology as it relates to animal biology and advancing sustainability of animal sourced food systems. Primary research emphasis should be in dairy cattle but cross-species collaboration is encouraged. A researcher in this discipline can develop an independent research program in areas such as, but not limited to: understanding and modeling interactions of host and microbial community as affected by diet and environment to impact animal phenotypes; microbial genomics and metabolomics; fermentation of feedstuffs; volatile fatty acid production, absorption, and host utilization especially as related to rumen development or rumen efficiency; synergies and cross-feeding between microbes; dynamics of rumen protein fermentation and generation of rumen microbial protein; impacts of microbial species on rumen and host animal efficiency. Programs that contribute to research related to efficient use of crop, land, and water resources to ultimately contribute to system-level sustainability are desirable.

The incumbent will teach classes in their department which also contribute to college undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will be commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of other departmental faculty.

The individual will be expected to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts and collaborative efforts within the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the US Dairy Forage Research Center.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in Animal or Dairy Sciences, Microbiology, or aligned fields

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Successful candidates will demonstrate a record of or potential for 1) individual and collaborative extramural grantsmanship (e.g., USDA, FFAR, NIH, industry collaborators) with publications in impactful journals; 2) effective instructional methods; 3) support for education within a graduate program; 4) contribution to outreach and service functions of the Department, College, University, the Dairy Innovation Hub (DIH), and professional societies; and 5) promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Additional Information:

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences is committed to collaborative research, innovative instruction, and outreach to foster scientific discoveries, produce skilled leaders, and advance animal agriculture and sustainable food systems to enrich the lives of students, scientists, stakeholders, and society. Research expertise across disciplines contribute to core strengths in areas of integrated dairy sciences, sustainable livestock production systems, and meat science and animal biologics. Diverse research facilities enable nearly all types of research with on-campus facilities including the Dairy Cattle Center, Livestock Lab, and Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery (MSABD) all located within minutes of the research labs. A 600-cow dairy research facility as well as a beef, sheep and swine research facilities are located 30 minutes from campus (Arlington, Wisconsin), a dairy heifer research unit 2 hours from campus (Marshfield, Wisconsin), and a beef unit (Lancaster, Wisconsin) are also available.

Collaborations across campus, the Dairy Innovation Hub, and with countless industry and stakeholder partners results in leveraging expertise, farms and laboratory facilities. Additionally, the Department has a long-standing collaboration with the US Dairy Forage Research Center (DFRC), a research center of the US Department of Agriculture devoted to the optimization of the use of forages in improving dairy cattle production and sustainability. Employing experts in soil chemistry, agronomy, dairy cattle genetics, dairy nutrition and microbiology work on long-term, interdisciplinary research projects aimed at developing cost-effective solutions for US dairy farmers. The center is located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and maintains two research dairy herds at Prairie du Sac, WI and Marshfield, WI. Read more about the Department at Additional expertise and collaborative opportunities are available through the Microbiome Hub.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 23, 2021


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 229026-FA. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.
To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".

Applicants should upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Statement of research accomplishments and future goals (3 page limit), statement of teaching and mentoring experience (1 page limit), and statement of diversity philosophy (
4) Electronic reprints of up to three recent articles (as one PDF)
5) Contact information for three references. References will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation.

For questions on the application process, contact Todd Schry in CALS Human Resources,, 608-890-1677 phone.

Direct all questions pertaining to the position to Heather White (Search and Screen Committee Chair; or Kent Weigel (Department Chair; in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is March 15, 2021; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Heather White
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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