Job Post

University of Florida seek Assistant Professor

May 15, 2020

Position Title                                                                                                                                                                              University of FL

Assistant Professor in Animal Physiology


Job Description 

Location: Department of Animal Sciences
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Duties and Responsibilities
This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available in the Department of Animal Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research program in animal physiology which can be applied to development and growth of skeletal muscle or adipose, whole animal energetics and physiology, or conversion of muscle to meat. Research areas could include fundamental mechanisms regulating fetal or postnatal growth, muscle protein turnover, animal or carcass composition, or cellular energy metabolism. The ideal candidate will complement existing programs in muscle biology, applied meat science, and food safety. There are additional opportunities for collaboration in the department and interdisciplinary program in animal and cell biology, and
across the university. Core facilities within UF’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR) contain equipment and expertise for bioinformatics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, metabolomics, electron microscopy, cytometry, DNA sequencing, and gene expression analyses. In addition to establishing a productive research program, the candidate is also expected to engage in scholarly activity related to teaching, including mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and
teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Teaching requirements may include undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science, growth and development, and physiology. Final teaching  responsibilities will be determined by the candidate’s expertise and instruction needs of the department.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Animal Sciences. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage in
Extension activities in their program area.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities
related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.




  • A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in animal science, physiology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

  • Demonstrable or potential ability to attract extramural funding and publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Teaching and postdoctoral experience is desirable.


Background Information:
The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational  Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.


IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also
engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Florida boasts large and vibrant beef, dairy and horse industries that have strong ties to research, teaching and extension programs within IFAS. The Department of Animal Sciences has an emphasis on the forage consuming species, particularly cattle and horses, and their products useful to humankind. There are significant strengths in the Department in the areas of physiology, nutrition and meat science that will serve as fertile collaborative potential for the incumbent to this position. The
Department also has substantial farm facilities for housing beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and pigs for use by faculty in research, teaching and extension efforts.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 60145
Tracy Scheffler
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Dept. of Animal Sciences
University of Florida
PO Box 110910 Gainesville FL 32611-0910
Telephone: 352.392.7529
Electronic Mail:



Employment Conditions
This position is available January 1, 2021 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to
      the credentials listed above
      •  Curriculum vitae
      •  Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals that will be willing to
        provide a letter of recommendation. Letters are not initially required, but may be
        requested by the chair of the search and screen committee following notification to the
      • Unofficial transcripts


Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).


If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD).
Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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