Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Applied Ethology

Department of Animal Sciences
Fairfax, VA
Closing date
Dec 3, 2022

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Science, Life Sciences, Ecology, Zoology and Animal Science
Organization Type
Title: Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Applied Ethology

Position: Tenure-track faculty position (academic year) at the rank of Assistant Professor of Applied Ethology with emphasis in research (60%) and teaching (40%).

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program in Applied Ethology that is relevant to livestock and poultry. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses related to their area of expertise and help fulfill the Department's needs. Teaching expectations may include undergraduate courses in Animal Behavior and /or Ethics, and to develop and teach additional courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online instruction may be required with this position. The successful applicant will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, participate in student club activities, and career advising.

The Department and College: The Department of Animal Sciences is housed in the Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences. The Department provides 90,000 ft2 of state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, extension, and research. Also connected to Creighton Hall is the Land O'Lakes, Inc. Center for Experiential Learning and Purina Pavilion that provides an abattoir, meats and sensory laboratories, and a 7,800 ft2 pavilion. The Department consists of 30 faculty, 28 professional staff, 708 undergraduate students, and 84 graduate students. Animal research and teaching facilities for aquaculture, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, and swine are located 11 miles from campus.

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world's leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked eighth in the world in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 302 faculty, 2,823 undergraduate students, and 689 graduate students. The College's current strategic plan can be accessed at Strategic Plan (

Resources at Purdue: Opportunities for collaboration with other faculty and scientists across the Purdue campus exist, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary research with the Center for Animal Welfare Science (, and the USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit (

Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University has various community and professional resources, such as Purdue's Cultural and Resource Centers (, the Bindley Bioscience Center (, the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (, and the Integrative Data Science Initiative (, among others. In addition, Purdue University is close to natural parks and hiking trails.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor, Academic Year (9-month) appointment. Opportunities for summer salary exist. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in animal sciences, biological sciences, applied ethology, or a related area is required, with interest, training or experience in livestock and/or poultry behavior. Demonstrated interest in, and capacity for teaching, and/or evidence of teaching competence is required.

Applications: Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter (maximum of two pages); 2) a statement of diversity and inclusion (see below); 3) a detailed curriculum vitae; 4) a one-page research statement detailing research goals and objectives; 5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; and 6) the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference.

All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site:

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Purdue University's Department of Animal Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution -

Purdue University, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Animal Sciences are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Dr. Greg Fraley (

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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