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Assistant or Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Cornell University

  • Apr. 12, 2017
  • Assistant or Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Dairy Science
    Animal Science
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Assistant or Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States. Our teaching and research facilities are among the finest available anywhere, and the College’s educational programs are designed to ensure that every student’s education is geared to contemporary, real-world issues. Through teaching, research, and extension — the three components of our land-grant mission — we strive to help people improve their lives, to enhance the environment, and to improve the nation’s food supply and maintain its safety.

The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory, and companion animal species. Our research programs advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today and in the future. Our goals are to discover and develop new techniques and information to benefit animals, agriculture, and human health. The Department’s 16 faculty members, many internationally recognized, have diverse interests in animal management, breeding, genetics, physiology, nutrition, and growth biology.

We seek a scientist and extension educator who will integrate new and existing biological knowledge into dairy cattle nutrition and management systems to improve economic outcomes and environmental sustainability of dairy operations. The individual hired will develop a research program focused on dairy cattle with the intent of enhancing the overall efficiency of nutrient use and contributing to improved environmental sustainability at the farm level. Areas of biological focus may include but are not limited to: integrating forage systems (including grazing systems) with nutritional management; furthering our understanding of ruminal metabolism and microbiology; integrating nutrition, behavior and health in dairy cattle; and optimizing milk composition relative to nutrient supply and excretion. Research activities are expected to improve our quantitative understanding of dairy cattle nutrition and lead to improved competitiveness of and environmental stewardship by the dairy industry in the Northeastern US and beyond. Opportunities exist for this research-based knowledge to support further development of models such as the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) to achieve the above aims.

The extension program will develop strong linkages with the dairy and allied industries across the Northeast region to further the translation to practice of strategies that improve the efficiency of nutrient use at the cow and herd level. In addition to programmatic focus on dairy nutritionists and other agribusiness professionals, collaborative efforts with other faculty programs, the statewide PRO-DAIRY staff, and regional specialists within Cornell Cooperative Extension are anticipated.

This position is a 9-month research (50%) and extension (50%) appointment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017 or as negotiated.

Laboratory space and an excellent start-up package will be offered. The successful candidate will also have access to the state-of-the-art, recently constructed Cornell University Ruminant Center research dairy farm with 600 milking cows. A competitive salary will be commensurate with training and experience, and an attractive fringe benefits package will be provided.

Opportunities exist to work in an interdisciplinary manner with other faculty and staff affiliated with the Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. This faculty position will carry the distinction as the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Partners Sesquicentennial Fellow in Dairy Cattle Nutrition.

Required Qualifications
Applicants should have strong experimental biology and quantitative skills and be committed to the integration of biological information into industry-relevant approaches to improve nutrient use by dairy cattle. Expertise and/or interest in dairy cattle nutrition and metabolism, and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition or other potentially relevant fields (e.g., agronomy, systems biology) are required. Postdoctoral and/or dairy industry expertise as well as an interest or expertise in the environmental aspects of dairy production are preferred. Ideal candidates should demonstrate strong communication skills and potential for leadership. We enthusiastically invite applications from women and underrepresented minority groups.

Salary and Benefits
Cornell offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Support for start-up research costs will be available

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application addressing position qualifications and goals, Curriculum Vitae, official academic transcripts from your graduate program, a statement of research and extension goals, and the names of at least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of reference. Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line:

The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2017. For questions regarding the position, please contact Donna L. Wakeman at or via phone at 607.255.2862.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Knowledge with Public Purpose

"Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus opening on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options."

  • Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

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