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Postdoctoral Fellow Sustainable Livestock Systems
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Posted 11/17/2020
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow Sustainable Livestock Systems
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202000895AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range Starting at $45,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualification, plus comprehensive benefits package.
Desired Start Date 01/31/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/30/2020
Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of over 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. CSU faculty engage in world-class research that attracts more than $300 million in research funding annually.

CSU is one of the world’s top research universities and a recognized leader in cancer research, atmospheric science, animal science, climate change, forest and wildlife management, engineering, and water. In 2015-16, CSU recorded its eighth consecutive year with more than $300 million in research expenditures, ranking among the nation’s top universities without a medical school.

Colorado State University has a campus culture that is driven by a desire always to do better and a vision to be the best place to learn, work, and discover. Our Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice – reflect our core values and support CSU’s mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement. Each member of our community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.

Fort Collins, which has been home to CSU since the University’s inception in 1870, is a vibrant, friendly city of 161,000 tucked against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado. The city boasts a lively arts and cultural scene, shopping in historic Old Town, a strong economy, and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than 200 miles of bike paths and trails, easy access to the scenic Poudre River and majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, and within easy driving distance of Colorado’s iconic ski areas, it is a year-round paradise. Boasting a mild climate, thriving high-tech industry, and some of the best microbreweries in the world, it’s no wonder Fort Collins annually ranks among the most livable small cities in the United States.

The Department of Animal Sciences has the unique mission of serving Colorado’s large and diverse livestock industries. Research, teaching and extension outreach activities in the Department of Animal Sciences focus on developing industry leaders and improving profitable production of horses and food animals through the application of science and technology, resource management and food product enhancement, with emphasis on addressing societal issues concerning food safety, product quality and value, animal care and management, and environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

Position Summary

The ability to perform independent research related to the sustainability of livestock systems is required. Such research will span a breadth of expertise. Translating theoretical science into systems level impact and adoption is necessary for success. PhD or DVM experience is required, including knowledge of concepts in experimental design and data analysis across livestock systems. Organizational skills, personnel supervision, group coordination and capabilities in producer outreach and engagement will be necessary.

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Ecology, Engineering, DVM or similar field completed by start date
Demonstrated success in publishing
Experience with systems modeling and/or analysis
Experience with livestock systems and sustainability
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Experience in leading projects through to publication
Experience with project management
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by start date
Ability to travel primarily statewide in compliance with COVID related restrictions
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Publication record in peer reviewed journals
Experience or interest in consumer trends/perceptions

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research

The postdoctoral scientist will design and execute experiments and analysis as identified through the Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative. Projects will focus on enhancing sustainability of livestock systems through new technologies, regenerative agriculture, veterinary epidemiology, improved production efficiency, risk management, heath monitoring as well as soil, plant, animal and atmospheric microbiomes, among other areas.

Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Project Management

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for project management within the Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative. This will require the postdoctoral scientist to lead project meetings, plan manuscripts, guide graduate students with analysis and manuscript plans, and communicate project timelines and results to collaborators. These tasks will be essential for the successful completion of projects.

Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Outreach

The postdoctoral scientist will prepare manuscripts presenting research findings and contribute to educational activities that provide research findings about sustainable livestock production to the supply chain through field days, short courses and/or online resources.

Percentage Of Time 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration please apply no later than 11/30/2020. Complete application will include: 1) Cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, 2) Current CV, and 3) Unofficial transcripts for terminal degree progression or DVM and 4) Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel - Primarily State Wide
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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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