Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
December 20, 2013

Animal Physiologist (Assistant/Associate Professor)
Department of Animal and Range Sciences

Search Number     14-226
Start Date August 16, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Animal and Range Sciences program at Montana State University is part of MSU's College of Agriculture and is growing. This position will complement recent and future hires in animal and range sciences. Presently, there are 16 animal science and 5 range science faculty in the department. Animal science faculty focus teaching and research on nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproduction, genetics and entomology; whereas range faculty focus teaching and research on rangeland ecology and management and riparian/livestock interactions. Extension Specialists in the department focus their off-campus educational efforts on beef cattle, equine, range management, sheep, veterinary entomology, and wildlife management. With approximately 320 undergraduate and 20 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) in the department; on-campus teaching focuses on “hands-on” experiences designed to provide the latest scientific information for decision-making. The Animal and Range Sciences department is an integral component of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), established in 1893, in accordance with the provisions of the Hatch Act of 1887, to improve the production, marketing and use of Montana s agricultural and natural resources through research and outreach. MAES has personnel and facilities located strategically throughout Montana in support of this contemporary mission. Agriculture is the largest industry in Montana, and livestock, with over $1.2 billion in cash receipts, is agriculture's largest sector. Beef cattle are the primary livestock species in Montana (ranked 7th in the U.S.), but Montana also produces dairy, swine, and sheep. The Department of Animal and Range Sciences is located in the Animal Bioscience Building. This building which was completed in 2010 and is equipped to deliver on-line courses and has state-of-the art laboratory facilities.

Duties and

This is an academic year (nine month) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University. The appointment will be 60% Research, 30% Teaching, and 10% Service funded by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Agriculture. The incumbent will develop a high quality, effective research program in animal physiology with emphasis on fundamentals of systems physiology of domestic animals relevant to livestock production in Montana and the region. This position will require close working relationships with faculty in the Department, the College, other departments on the MSU campus, and other Land Grant Universities; especially in the biomedical and veterinary sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a competitive research program to establish a nationally competitive, independently funded research program in systems physiology. He/she will be expected to advise undergraduates in Animal and Range Sciences, mentor graduate and undergraduate research students, and will also be responsible for providing service as applicable to the department, college, university, and scientific community.

1.   An earned Ph.D. in Animal Science or related field, with an emphasis in large animal physiology OR D.V.M./Ph.D. Note: D.V.M./Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply.
2.   Post-doctoral and/or equivalent experience.
3.   Potential to establish (for candidates at the Assistant Professor level), or evidence of having established (required of candidates at the Associate Professor level), an externally-funded, competitive, and independent research program.
4.   Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high quality and original research, as indicated by publication in peer-reviewed journals.
5.   Demonstrated or potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.
1.   Animal Physiology and/or Health profession teaching experience.
2.   Research program that complements and expands on current research programs in participating departments.
3.   Experience teaching in a "team-teaching" environment.
4.   Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to outreach, teaching, and research.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts may be required from finalists)and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-226" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Animal Physiologist Search Committee
    • c/o Susan Cooper
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172900
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2900
    • (406)994-3722

      • Position-related questions may be directed to:

      • James G Berardinelli
      • Search Committee Chair
      • (406)994-5574

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted bbclark 12/20/13