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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 249924-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

Immune function is critical to the health and welfare of dairy cattle. Immunosuppression of livestock results in an increased incidence and severity of infectious diseases leading to poor health and performance and reducing antibiotic resistance in production systems is a grand challenge for all of animal agriculture. Understanding the immunological and pharmacological aspects of host-pathogen interactions will be crucial for developing solutions to improve animal health and welfare.

To help address these issues, the Dairy Innovation Hub seeks to fund a full time 9-month tenure-track faculty position to build an internationally recognized and extramurally funded research program and an impactful teaching program that focuses on dairy cattle immunology and host-pathogen interactions. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of research, instruction, outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to, basic and applied aspects of immunological factors and mechanisms, including their interactions with nutrition, physiology, genetics; roles of pathogens in the health and welfare of dairy cattle, their impacts on the production of safe and nutritious dairy products; antibiotic use and resistance. Primary research emphasis should be in dairy cattle, but cross-species collaboration is encouraged. The incumbent's tenure home will be the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. The successful candidate will have the opportunity collaborate with world class Faculty in the Department, Veterinary School, and across campus.

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 the three leading UW agricultural schools (UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls) to foster dairy research, education, and outreach in the priority areas of Stewarding Land and Water Resources, Ensuring Animal Health and Welfare, Growing Farm Businesses and Communities, and Enriching Human Health and Nutrition. The Assistant Professor will join a world-class university and a college with diverse expertise in agricultural and life sciences. The Wisconsin dairy sector has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is highly motivated to help explore and develop innovative solutions to the industry's challenges. 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.


Perform research, teaching, and outreach in an area of expertise in ways that are relevant to dairy agriculture and related fields.

Develop and carry out a vigorous extramurally-funded research program recognized at state-, national-, and international-levels for innovative approaches to advancing dairy-related land and water stewardship. The candidate will work independently and within a collaborative research team to support the mission of the Dairy Innovation Hub.

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.

Facilitate interdisciplinary efforts and collaborative efforts within their department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and federal labs.

Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies. Outreach in community health, including the ability to reach diverse audiences, is central to this position. Moreover, consistent with the mission of the University of Wisconsin System, the candidate will be committed to service to the community, state, nation, and world for the benefit of all.

Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

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


PhD in Animal or Dairy Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, or related fields. Alternatively, DVM/PhD, or DVM with 5 or more years of research experience. Post-doctoral experience preferred but not required. The successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
i) Extramural grant-writing
ii) Publications in peer reviewed journals
iii) Graduate student training/mentoring
iv) Teaching and curriculum development
v) Contribution to the outreach and service functions of CALS and the Dairy Innovation Hub
vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

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 contributes to core strengths in the 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) Building all located within short walking distance 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, WI), and a dairy heifer research unit 2 ? hours from campus (Marshfield, WI) and beef unit 1 ? hours from campus (Lancaster, WI) are also available. Collaborations across campus, the Dairy Innovation Hub, and with countless industry and stakeholder partners will result in leveraging expertise, farms, and laboratory facilities.

Additionally, the Department has a long-standing collaboration with the US Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), 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. 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 UW-Madison campus and maintains research dairy herds at Prairie du Sac, WI and Marshfield, WI. This network of research, outreach and instruction units uniquely positions Wisconsin as a center of dairy stewardship innovation in the 21st Century.

At the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

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%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 249924. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".

Applicants must upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Statements of:
a. Research accomplishments and future goals (2-page limit)
b. Teaching and mentoring philosophy and experience (2-page limit)
c. Contributions to diversity and inclusion and areas of future impact (1-page limit)
4) Electronic reprints of one or two articles (pdfs) that are relevant to the position
5) Contact information for three references

For questions on the application process, contact Wes Bollinger ( in CALS Human Resources. Direct all questions pertaining to the position to Jimena Laporta in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences (, 608-262-9705).

The deadline for assuring full consideration is March 1, 2022; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Jimena Laporta Sanchis
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. )

Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

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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