Provide research and outreach leadership to an established and innovative silvopasture program focused on understanding forage-tree-livestock interactions in the temperature-humid zone of the United States. Existing research projects include multiple location, systems-level experiments where pine trees/hardwoods, livestock and forages are used to enhance farm profitability in the lower-Midwest. Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and preparation research grants to provide additional program support for silvopasture projects is expected. The Center for Agroforestry has a long history of collaboration between USDA ARS in Booneville, AR, the MU School of Natural Resources, and the MU Divisions of Plant and Animal Sciences and with other teams of scientists across campus and throughout the region. The successful candidate will explore collaborative opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary silvopasture research projects including on station and on farm locations. Accessible to the candidate are excellent laboratory and field research facilities (both on and off- campus research centers) within the Missouri Agricultural Experiment station network. Initial appointment will be for one year, but renewable for an additional 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.
Ph.D. degree in Animal Sciences or closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years of postdoctoral experience working with livestock on pastures. Effective oral and written communications skills are required. The ideal candidate should possess a track record of accomplishments demonstrating technical proficiency, independent thinking, and scientific creativity. The successful candidate is expected to publish peer-reviewed articles, present at scientific meetings, assist in the preparation of grant proposals and provide programmatic support for silvopasture research and outreach.
About MU: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has over 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a land grant institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city that is consistently ranked among the top such places to live in across America. The School of Na...tural Resources awards B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Resources with emphases in multiple sub-disciplines. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at http://snr.missouri.edu. The School operates many laboratory and greenhouse facilities and has access to extensive field areas available within the College of Agriculture’s Farms and Centers Network (http://cafnr.missouri.edu/research/aes.php). The School has robust collaborative ties to state and federal agencies charged with managing natural resources and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.