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Montana State University Assistant or Associate Professor of Animal Science/Equine Science in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 20008

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jane Ann Boles at 406-994-7352 or

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Animal Science/Equine Science

Brief Position Overview

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Number 4A3246

Department Animal & Range Sciences

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

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.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a high quality, effective teaching and research program in equine science that has a positive impact on the state and regional equine industry, and provide leadership for the Equine Science Academic Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Animal & Range Sciences seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual who will:

  • Provide leadership for the Equine Science academic program.

  • Teach multiple courses including Equine reproduction, Equine form to function, Equine lameness, and other courses in the equine curriculum based on the successful candidate’s expertise and program need.

  • Develop a progressive research program in equine science.

  • Participate in service/outreach activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses, mentor undergraduate and graduate research students, and participate in outreach and service activities. As a tenure-track faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals, secure extramural funding, meet teaching and advising demands, and provide appropriate public, departmental, and university service.

Candidates must be able to function in a team -setting involving faculty, staff, industry leaders, and undergraduate/graduate students, and will develop collaborative ties with the state’s equine industry. Multidisciplinary collaboration and publication of research results in refereed journals will be expected.

This is a key position in our interdisciplinary research program that combines expertise in endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, microbiology/microbiome, stress physiology, genetics, disease, and reproductive physiology, as well as grazing management and natural resource ecology to address critical issues in the animal industry. The individual would interact and complement existing programs within the Department, including livestock production management (cattle, sheep & equine), animal nutrition (cattle, sheep & equine), and animal microbiomes (cattle, sheep, & equine).

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • An earned Ph.D. in Animal Science or Equine Science or a closely related field or a DVM with equine teaching and/or research experience.

  • Training in one or more of the following areas: nutrition, physiology, reproduction, Veterinary medicine or behavior in horses.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct and publish high quality and original research, as indicated by publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated or potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of horse production and management, and experience and involvement in the equine industry.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.

  • Undergraduate or graduate level teaching experience.

  • Research program that complements and expands on current research programs in participating departments.

  • Ability to secure extramural funding, independently and within and across disciplinary teams.

  • Interest in and ability to lead equine science research and outreach initiatives.

  • Post doctorate or post graduate experience.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

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

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Department of Animal and Range Sciences is the largest department in the College of Agriculture and our student numbers are growing. In addition to MS and PhD programs, we offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science (options include Livestock Management and Industry, Science, and Equine Science) and Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology (options include Rangeland Ecology and Management and Wildlife Ecology and Management). The department also offers the Sustainable Livestock Production Option in the interdisciplinary degree: Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems. We are a fully integrated department serving all three of the land grant missions of teaching, research, and extension. In addition, our program incorporates livestock operations into our teaching, research, and extension program.

The College

As the foundational component of Montana’s land grant university at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture (COA) and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) provide instruction in dynamic degree programs and conduct research relevant to the challenges in Montana’s agricultural and natural resource communities. We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. The COA offers eleven baccalaureate, nine masters, and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. MAES conducts research through the Department of Research Centers (Corvallis, Conrad, Creston, Havre, Huntley, Moccasin, Sidney), in collaboration with other academic departments, near Bozeman, and throughout Montana.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date August 2020

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 1, 2019; however; applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents:

  • A letter of application listing and addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications; (applications that do not list and address each of the qualification will not be considered).

  • A current curriculum vita.

  • A copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts may be required upon hire).

Please note that all applications will require 3 professional references to be listed.

In order for applications to be considered, you must follow the application instructions within the vacancy announcement. Emailed applications will not be considered.

Diversity Statement

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.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .