Assistant or Associate Professor, Applied Ethology and Welfare - Swine

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2023


Assistant or Associate Professor, Applied Ethology and Welfare - Swine

Department of Animal Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position:  Assistant or Associate Professor, Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Applied Ethology and Welfare in the Department of Animal Sciences (45% Research | 20% Teaching | 35% Extension)

Description:  This position is available through a strategic departmental hiring plan to expand research and education to provide safe, reliable food for a growing world population and promote animal health and well-being. This position will focus on applied ethology and welfare of swine. Advances in the area of applied ethology will improve swine health, production efficiency, and welfare. Next-generation systems for producing pork must be efficient, ecologically sustainable, and socially acceptable; understanding swine behavior is necessary for achieving this goal. This position provides an exciting opportunity for someone interested in conducting research motivated by a strong desire to interact with the pork industry in areas of efficiency, sustainability and animal welfare.  The person hired will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research and extension program, collaborate across disciplines and with industry partners to seek practical solutions to questions which have economic, social, and moral implications to stakeholders including consumers, and contribute to the department’s academic programs. This position builds on our history and ongoing research in genetics, nutrition, meat science, precision management, immune and reproductive physiology, microbiology and animal systems with application to livestock and biomedical research.


Qualifications: Required qualifications for assistant professor candidates include (1) Ph.D. degree in animal science or relevant field by the start date; (2) research emphasis on swine behavior/welfare; (3) potential to develop an extramurally funded research and extension program; and (4) commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Required qualifications for associate professor candidates include (1) Ph.D. degree in animal science or relevant field; (2) research emphasis on swine behavior/welfare; (3) strong record of publication and commitment to swine industry; (4) demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding; and (5) commitment to teaching and mentoring students.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and extension program supported by extramural funding, contribute to academic programs related to applied swine behavior and welfare, and perform other services expected at an academic institution.

Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2024

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Appointment Details: This 9/12 tenure-track faculty position is 100% FTE

Location: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (www.illinois.edu) is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people.

Resources: The Department of Animal Sciences has outstanding facilities with convenient access to laboratory and farm animal research units (https://ansc.illinois.edu/about/facilities). The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (www.igb.illinois.edu), Beckman Institute (www.beckman.illinois.edu), W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (www.biotech.uiuc.edu/centers/Keck), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (www.ncsa.illinois.edu), the Center for Digital Agriculture (www. digitalag.illinois.edu), and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (https://healthinstitute.illinois.edu/).

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (www.aces.illinois.edu) is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science.

Closing Date: For initial consideration, the following materials should be uploaded by January 15, 2024. However, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants: Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload cover letter which explicitly states your interest in being considered for the position in Applied Ethology and Welfare; a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests (including future plans); a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of Extension approaches to collaborate with industry partners; a statement demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the names and contact information of three references.

Questions can be directed to Rob Knox, Chair of the Search Committee (rknox@illinois.edu), or to Rodney Johnson, Head of the Department, (rwjohn@illinois.edu). Additional information about the department can be found at www.ansci.illinois.edu.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1020805
Job Category: Faculty
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu