| The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with local delivery, in collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, are seeking a full time Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension (100%) in the area of discovery, development, and application of economic tools needed for decision support and improvement of health and productivity of dairy cattle herds for ustainable dairy cattle production systems in California. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues in the school, across the University, and within the network of UC Cooperative Extension who work on the health and productivity of dairy cattle and calves, food safety and adoption of sustainable dairy production practices. The position is located in Tulare, California at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center. |
An advanced degree (PhD) related to animal health management and / or economics is required; a DVM or equivalent degree is preferred. The successful candidate is required to have demonstrated expertise or appropriate training in economics and / or dairy cattle production and herd health management. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop economic tools and strategies that promote the profitability and welfare of the dairy enterprise is preferred. Documented evidence of research activity or ability in one or more aspects of dairy herd health economics (e.g., infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, food safety, calf management, nutrition, internal medicine, reproduction, animal welfare, environmental quality, or beneficial management practices consistent with sustainable dairying) is required. A record of acquisition of extramural funding or the potential to do so is required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere are required. Evidence of or potential for leadership and initiative is required. Evidence of or potential for extending applied research and conducting outreach education for the dairy industry is required.
Outreach: Responsibilities include: 1) promote economics of dairy herd health and production with the network of UCCE Advisors and Specialists; 2) develop and extend science-based information on economics of animal health and well-being for dairy cattle production systems; 3) interact with dairy producers, food animal veterinarians, allied professionals and agricultural organizations, regulatory agencies, and academic clientele such as UCCE Advisors and AES faculty; and 4) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus.
Research: The development of a creative and productive research program performed independently and collaboratively with UCCE network (advisors, specialists, AES faculty, etc.) and the California dairy industry with funding from extramural sources, is a fundamental and indispensable requirement of the position, including publication of results in peer-reviewed professional and scientific journals and appropriate UCCE outlets. The successful candidate will develop an applied research program in economics of dairy herd health and production and veterinary medicine. Areas of emphasis could include: infectious disease control, antimicrobial stewardship, microbial and pre-harvest food safety, nutrition and production efficiency, internal medicine, reproduction, calf management, environmental quality, animal welfare, or beneficial management practices consistent with sustainable dairying. The areas of emphasis will be based on an evaluation of the needs of the California dairy industry, with opportunity to expand and redirect efforts as new issues and industry needs emerge across California. This individual will provide leadership in directing research projects of professional and graduate students.
Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate means is required.
To receive fullest consideration, applications must be submitted by April 17, 2017; position open until filled. To begin the application process, interested applicants should register online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01462 and submit the following materials: 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience; 2) A statement of outreach, research and service goals for the position; 3) curriculum vitae; 4) the names and addresses of four professional references; 5) Statement of Contributions to Equity and Diversity (addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.)
Questions should be referred to: Dr. Joan Rowe, Department Chair (email@example.com) or Dr. Heidi Rossow, Recruitment Chair, (HRossow@vmtrc.ucdavis.edu) Attn: Linda Potoski, Chief Administrative Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, CA 95616