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Iowa State University Assistant Professor in Animal Science Companion Animal Specialist in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Assistant Professor in Animal Science Companion Animal Specialist

Appointment Type:Faculty

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, seeks applicants for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor with an emphasis in companion animals. Position responsibilities are approximately 65% teaching, 30% research, and 5% institutional service. The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching undergraduate courses related to companion animal science and management. They will also be expected to develop a collaborative, externally-funded research program. Areas of potential research related to companion animals include, but are not limited to, nutrition, genetics, health, physiology, reproduction, lactation, pet food processing, behavior and training, or meat science/meat safety (as applied to pet food). The successful applicant may also choose to pursue a research program based on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to address emerging and traditional issues in companion animal science and management and demonstrate the ability to relate those issues to students and to other stakeholders. The successful applicant will have ample opportunity to work in cross-disciplinary teams for both teaching and research with faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, or other colleges across campus. Evidence of effective written and oral communication skills is required. Additionally, the successful applicant must have demonstrated the ability to work in a team-based, collaborative environment to solve problems, develop programs, and teach effectively. All faculty members have a common responsibility to support and sustain Iowa State University’s core values and are expected to convey good citizenship within department, college, and university activities, interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Application materials must clearly articulate the candidate’s suitability in relation to the below required and preferred qualifications and experiences.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Ph.D. in animal science or related area with an emphasis in companion animal science by start date and teaching experience in companion animal science/management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented evidence of effective teaching

  • Documented evidence of the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Experience in companion animal science and/or companion animal management

  • Experience working in a team-based, collaborative environment

  • Documented experience in research and/or outreach in areas of animal science related to companion animals, such as nutrition, genetics, health, physiology, reproduction, lactation, pet food processing, behavior and training, or meat science/meat safety (as applied to pet food).

Department/Program & College Description:

The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University is a recognized leader in its field, both nationally and internationally, with a balanced emphasis on research, teaching, and extension. The Department enjoys strong support and interactions with the livestock industries in the State, in particular with the swine industry, which is the largest in the US. Its collegial environment, embedded in a strong livestock industry, makes the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University an excellent base for faculty interested in pursuing a rewarding and impactful career in the animal sciences.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University is one of the world’s leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 160 years of leadership in science, education, and extension. The College educates future leaders, conducts mission-oriented research, and shares new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world. Iowa State plays a leading role in meeting the ever-growing demand for highly qualified students who will become the next generation of industry leaders and educators in Iowa, the nation, and the world. Offering expert animal science training, research and engagement from the Department of Animal Science and CALS is critical to continuing the university’s mission.

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Proposed Start Date:August 16, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:09 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications.

2) A full curriculum vitae.

3) In one document, please include statements on the following: a) teaching philosophy and vision for contributing to the Animal Science curriculum (2 page maximum) b) proposed program in outreach, research, or the scholarship of teaching and learning (1 page maximum).

4) Supporting documents demonstrating effective teaching, such as, but not limited to, student course evaluations, peer or colleague feedback or evaluations.

5) The names and contact information for three to five references.

For guaranteed consideration, applications must be received on February 15, 2024 . However, the position will remain open until filled.

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Bundy, Search Committee Chair, at or 515-294-7219, or Dr. Jason Ross, Department Chair, at or 515-294-2161. If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Life insurance and long-term disability;• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing program.

Original Posting Date: January 12, 2024

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R13812

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community. (

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.