Qualifications: 1.) Doctoral degree in Poultry Science, Animal Science, Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering, or a closely related field; 2.) ability to teach core undergraduate coursework in poultry production (ANSC 484 – Poultry Management); 3.) evidence of capacity to develop a nationally/internationally recognized research program related to precision poultry production. Post-doctoral experience is desirable but not required. All applicants must be qualified to obtain authorization to work in the US on a long-term basis.
Description: The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The Department of Animal Science invites applicants to join an interdisciplinary research environment that fosters development of new technologies for poultry production. Precision livestock farming (PLF) is a growing strategic area of research for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Tennessee leads the nation in numbers of poultry breeding flocks, and the broiler industry is vital to our state’s economy. This new faculty position will complement efforts of a core group of faculty that are already working in PLF for other species (primarily cattle). The successful candidate will bring expertise in one or more areas that bridge engineering and data science with poultry management. These areas may include, but are not limited to, the following: ? Bird-level health and nutrition monitoring and management. ? Behavioral, production, and welfare monitoring and assessment via precision livestock technologies. ? Predictive data analytics and algorithm development for evaluation of large-scale phenotypic data. ? Engineering controls and sensor innovations to monitor and improve health, production, welfare, housing design and operation, and environmental stewardship.
Responsibilities and Expectations: ? Develop an externally-funded and nationally/internationally recognized research program. ? Teach core undergraduate coursework in poultry production and contribute expertise to other coursework as needed. ? Mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
About the University and Department: The flagship campus of The UT system has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located in Knoxville. Knoxville is an emerging destination with a beautiful and walkable downtown, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. UT is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville, Nashville, and Atlanta. The Department of Animal Science encompasses a diverse blend of applied and basic life sciences that are ultimately aimed at enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of animal agriculture. The Department's activities are accomplished by its 29 faculty members, and by numerous professionals and support staff in Knoxville campus and across Tennessee. Approximately 600 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program, which has academic concentrations in animal industries, biosciences and pre-veterinary medicine. Undergraduates participate in research and creative achievement alongside the department’s MS and PhD students. Research programs in the department focus on the areas of animal health and well-being, nutrition, physiological genomics, and reproduction. Extension leads adult and 4-H youth programs in beef and dairy cattle, goats, equine, poultry, sheep, swine and environmental management.
Research Resources: The Department is housed in the Brehm Animal Science Building. In addition to well-equipped labs in Brehm, abundant shared instrumentation is available through the UTIA Genomics Hub, a multi-use facility that supports genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and imaging on the UTIA campus. Access to an array of sophisticated instrumentation is available through core facilities that are managed by the UTK Office of Research and Engagement (https://research.utk.edu/core/current-core-facilities/). These include the Advanced Computing Facility (https://www.jics.utk.edu/acf), which provides high performance computing to faculty, students, and postdocs. Poultry can be housed in flexible, environmentally controlled animal rooms at the ETREC-JARTU Unit, which is located within walking-distance of Brehm. Opportunities exist to collaborate with our state’s extensive network of poultry producers and/or allied industry in conducting on-farm, applied research. Further, a chance to provide input into the design of new state of the art poultry facilities at UT may exist in the future.
Potential collaborators are abundant within UTIA, including other investigators within the Animal Science department as well as faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Across campus, the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a top-25 public engineering department and houses faculty working in a variety of areas relevant to PLF. Finally, the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents an array of potential interactions with scientists working in sensor development, advanced materials, high-performance computing, and other related disciplines.
Application: Review of applications will begin March 15, 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit the following documents, compiled into a single pdf: 1.) letter of application; 2.) statement of research interests, including future research plans; 3.) teaching philosophy; 4.) official transcripts; 5.) names and addresses of three references; and 6.) a detailed curriculum vitae. Application materials should be sent to Ms. Shelley Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions to Dr. Brynn Voy at email@example.com or (865) 974-4729. Dr. Brynn Voy, Search Committee Chair, Attention: Shelley Johnson, Administrative Specialist, The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science, 2506 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-4574.