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Assistant Professor of Precision Dairy Science
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Mar. 22, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Precision Dairy Science
University Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, United States
Department More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dairy Science
    Animal Science
Assistant Professor of Precision Dairy Science

The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Precision Dairy Science. This is a tenure-line, 36-week position with 50% research and 50% extension responsibilities.

We seek an outstanding animal scientist whose interests focus on precision dairy farming. The successful candidate will develop a productive research program that uses technological and data-driven approaches to measure physiological, behavioral, and production indicators with the goal of optimizing production efficiencies, management strategies, and farm performance. Preference will be given to candidates whose research is multidisciplinary and contributes to collaborative scholarship across the Department, College, and other academic units of the university. As an integral member of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, the successful candidate will develop and implement extension programming that is both innovative and impactful using online tools and face-to-face formats. The individual will work actively with the team to identify issues important to the dairy industry, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials, and participate in evaluations to measure the team's educational impact. The successful applicant will be expected to advise graduate students, contribute expertise to upper-level undergraduate Animal Science courses, and engage in appropriate professional activities within and outside the Department.

The Department of Animal Science at Penn State includes 32 faculty members and is home to world-leading programs in dairy nutrition, genetics, and reproduction. Located on campus is Penn State's Dairy Complex, a state-of-the art research facility with 500 cows and replacement heifers combined. The Pennsylvania dairy industry, ranked second nationally for the number of dairy farms and seventh for milk production, offers abundant opportunities to work with producers to identify critical issues and develop innovative extension programming. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with the Latinx Agricultural Network (LAN), a Penn State College of Agriculture Community of Practice composed of community members, graduate students, extension educators, faculty, and administrators who seek to enhance Penn State's engagement with its Latinx stakeholders (


A Ph.D. in Animal Science, Dairy Science, or a closely related field is required for this position. Postdoctoral or industry experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Candidates must demonstrate strong potential to establish an extramurally funded research program focused on precision dairy farming and ability to develop and deliver impactful extension programs. Excellent communication skills are essential, along with teamwork and leadership skills to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, peers, and industry clientele.

We are especially interested in candidates who, through their research and extension efforts, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the department and the broader academic community at Penn State.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with the University policies.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their research and extension interests, and names and contact information for at least three references. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their outreach and research efforts. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Lisa Holden at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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