Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
February 19, 2014

Assistant Professor of Animal Science
Northern Agricultural Research Center

Search Number     14-284
Start Date July 1, 2014 or as soon thereafter as possible
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month tenure-track research position

Competitive salary commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience

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) in Bozeman 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.

The Department of Research Centers represents a unique organizational unit with faculty and staff that conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus research centers throughout Montana. This is a transformational period for the Department with faculty searches underway in cropping systems and plant pathology, with discussions underway regarding future positions. .

This scientist position is located at the Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) which is a diversified crop and livestock research facility located seven miles southwest of Havre (pop. 10,000). Havre, MT offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, golfing, skiing and ice skating. Cultural attractions include museums, galleries, concerts and live theater. Historical attractions nearby include the Montana Dinosaur Trail, Fort Assinniboine and Buffalo Jump. Havre is a small town with a low crime rate, and is the focal point of commercial activity in the Hi-Line region. Also located in Havre, but not part of the research center, is Montana State University-Northern , north central Montana's comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's levels.


The Research Center consists of 3,000 acres at headquarters with an additional 3,960 acres of grazing and research land located in the nearby Bears Paw Mountains. The research center completed a $2.1 million upgrade of an office/laboratory complex, livestock handling facilities and calving barn. The livestock facilities include a finishing/development dry lot and individual animal electronic identification (EID) system. The research center is typical of the environments where the majority of the cattle production occurs in Montana. Current NARC livestock research objectives include identifying genetic components associated with reproductive efficiency, utilizing nontraditional crops in backgrounding weaned calves, development of supplementation strategies to augment winter adaptive behaviors of range cows, and defining the repeatability of residual feed intake measurements using lower quality roughages and high concentrate diets. The NARC cow herd consists of approximately 300 Angus/Angus cross, and 100 line-bred Herefords. The current research center staff consists of MAES-funded faculty, research associates, and support personnel, with others supported by external funds. A local advisory board, consisting of area producers and industry representatives, provides guidance on NARC research priorities.

Information about MAES, the Department of Research Centers and NARC may be found by accessing MSU's College of Agriculture web page at

Duties and

Develop a field and lab research program focused on beef cattle cow/calf management strategies that optimizes economic and environmental sustainability of pre-weaning range production of beef cattle in Montana. Research may emphasize beef cattle reproduction/physiology, nutrient metabolism and growth or beef cattle quantitative genetics with across discipline interactions focused on cow/calf pre-weaning range production. An integrated approach to developing management strategies and recommendations for Montana and regional range beef cattle production practices is expected. The individual is expected to collaborate with other scientists, extension personnel, ranchers, related industry representatives, advisory and commodity groups to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs, as well as from industry, will be necessary to provide adequate research program support of a nationally recognized program. The position is expected to communicate research findings in oral and written formats, including refereed publications. Participation in outreach and service activities is expected.

1.   An earned Ph. D. degree in Animal Science or related discipline at the time of hire.
2.   Experience in beef cattle production systems.
3.   Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing livestock research using accepted scientific methodology, and interpreting research results to solve problems.
4.   Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with scientists, agricultural producers, or other clientele.
1.   Documented grant writing success.
2.   Post-doctoral experience.
3.   Beef cattle production in a semi-arid, range environment.
4.   Documented success with publishing peer-reviewed articles.
The Successful
Candidate Will

have great interpersonal skills and will be an excellent communicator. He or she will be an exceptional collaborator who will help improve research team efforts at NARC and within the entire MAES system and the College of Agriculture.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   The successful candidate must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and lift up to 75 pounds on occasion.

Screening of applications will begin on March 31, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications (how your training, expertise, and talents uniquely qualify you to fulfill the required and preferred qualifications for this position,
  • (2) a current resume or vitae,
  • (3) unofficial transcripts of all university academic work (official transcripts will be required of the top candidate(s), and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four professional references.

    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 #14-284" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit application materials to:

    • Ms. Emi Smith
    • Animal Science Search
    • MSU NARC
    • 3710 Assinniboine Rd
    • Havre, MT 59501
    • (406)265-6115

    • Questions regarding the position may be directed to:

    • Dr. Darrin Boss, Committee Chair
    • MSU NARC
    • (406)265-6115

      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 (2/19/14 bbclark)