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Assistant Professor of Meat Science

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: School of Animal Sciences
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The School of Animal Sciences is searching for an Assistant Professor of Meat Science. This is a tenure-track, 9-month appointment with responsibilities in research (60%) and Extension (40%). The ideal candidate for this position must have a strong background in meat science and is expected to generate scholarly outputs that will establish a national reputation in their field of interest. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant Extension program that serves various stakeholders in the meat industry in the Commonwealth and across the nation. Programs of interest include but are not restricted to antemortem factors affecting meat quality, fresh meat quality, further processing and food safety. The individual will contribute to existing Extension programming that serves processors, producers, youth, and consumers. The successful candidate will have access to research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, a fully functional abattoir and meat processing facility. The candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching mission through engagement in undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses in their area of expertise. Interaction with undergraduate and graduate students is required. Advancement of equity and inclusion in all facets of the position is expected.

Deadline for applications is January 14, 2024 or until the position is filled. Candidates must submit online ( a letter of application, curricula vitae, graduate transcripts, statements of diversity, research and teaching interests, and the contact information for at least three professional references. Correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Dan Eversole
School of Animal Sciences
3250 Litton-Reaves (0306)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0306

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have: 1) a Ph.D. in animal sciences/meat science or a closely-related field by appointment start date; 2) demonstrated ability to develop and lead a research program and attract extramural funding; 3) willingness to translate knowledge to stakeholders; 4) a strong interest in education; 5) outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, particularly in communicating science to lay audiences; and 6) position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with 1) successes in grant writing; 2) experience in Extension programming; and 3) evidence of scholarly output in the form of refereed publications.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Additional Information

To be considered for this position, candidates must submit online ( a letter of application, curricula vitae, graduate transcripts, statements of diversity, research and teaching interests, and the contact information for at least three professional references

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Dan Eversole at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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