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Animal Scientist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

In addition to the online application, three references that are familiar with your professional training and/or experience should submit a confidential letter to: Karl Hoppe,, Carrington Research Extension Center, P. O. Box 219, Carrington, ND 58421. 701-652-2951, by October 31, 2017.

Posting Details

Position Information

Opening Number: 1700483
Position Title: Animal Scientist
Position Number: 00018535
FTE: 1.0
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits Eligibility: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance
Search by Group: Research Personnel
Division: Agriculture and University Extension
Department: Carrington Research Extension Center

Position Summary Information

Position Description:

The animal scientist has responsibility as the lead investigator for developing, implementing, and reporting the outcome of the livestock research program at the Center. The livestock program includes a broad scope of projects that emphasize ruminant nutrition, feedlot management, cow-calf production systems, crop and livestock integration and animal care. The scientist is responsible for developing and implementing multiple simultaneous beef research projects that measure animal performance and economics. The nutritional focus includes maximizing the value and use of traditional feeds and forages, alternative feed grains, crop co-products and industry by-products, supplements and additives, and crop residues. The animal scientist is responsible for writing and directing the department’s agricultural experiment station federal project. There is the expectation to compete successfully for extramural funding to assist in maintaining the diverse program focus. Extramural funding proposals will be submitted to national, state, and industry RFPs. The animal scientist will create and conduct research projects at the Center that may include other NDSU scientists, regional and national project leaders appropriate to the mission of the Center as well as participate in relevant studies led by others. Other tasks include; analyze data and disseminate results with interpretation of impact from research programs; develop outreach programs for research project results including University and popular press; and serve on committees at the Center and across the agricultural experiment station. The animal scientist is expected to interact closely with ranchers, farmers, extension staff, agribusiness representatives, crop commodity organizations, and livestock organizations. The animal scientist has supervisory responsibilities for livestock research team members and reports to the Center Director.

The Carrington Research Extension Center is one of seven out-state NDSU Research Extension Centers. The CREC is located near Carrington, a community centrally located about two hours from each of the four largest cities in North Dakota. Carrington is a thriving community of approximately 2,500 people in a widely diversified agricultural production region of east central North Dakota. Carrington is a vibrant rural community with progressive schools (K-12), modern medical services (clinic and hospital), and recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing and birding. For further information visit

Minimum Qualifications:

- An earned Ph.D. in animal science with documented experience leading applied research projects.
- Documented evidence of preparing research proposals and success in obtaining extramural funding.
- Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain strong collaborations and conduct research with project leaders in other departments, and state and federal agencies.
- Broad working knowledge of livestock production including animal health, genetics and breeding, production systems, diverse feeds and ration development, carcass quality, and economics.
- Experience in the operation and techniques for use of field and laboratory research equipment.
- Documented experience in experimental design and statistical analysis.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills along with ability to deliver information via modern media technologies and peer reviewed publications.
- Vision and ability to lead a diverse, relevant and productive beef research program that will contribute to the development of the livestock industry in North Dakota.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience leading ruminant nutrition research projects.
- Documented experience in beef cow/calf and feedlot research.
- Experience with Northern Great Plains agriculture, agriculture experiment station and extension service programs.
- Training and/or experience in research focused on ruminant nutrition related to utilizing and understanding the response of diverse feed grains, co-products, and supplements on livestock performance.
- Active collaborations with scientists of other disciplines relating to animal science such as veterinary, agronomy, natural resource management, range, agriculture and bio-systems engineering, soil science, and economics.
- Documented and practical hands on experience working and handling beef animals.
- Experience in the supervision of multiple staff involved with applied research.
- Documentation of publishing in peer reviewed publications.

Physical Demands:
Screening Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to the online application, three references that are familiar with your professional training and/or experience should submit a confidential letter to: Karl Hoppe,, Carrington Research Extension Center, P. O. Box 219, Carrington, ND 58421. 701-652-2951, by October 31, 2017.

Special Conditions:

Screening will begin 10/31/17

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Carrington, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  2. If Other, please specify:

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you now or will you in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status)?
    • No
    • Yes
  4. * Are you a US citizen or Permanent Resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. If yes, list exact dates of service:

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Plan
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Other Document 1
  3. Other Document 2
  4. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  5. Veterans Administration Letter