Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
Location: Pearl River County
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This is a 12-month, tenure-track position consisting of a 75% Research appointment and a 25% Extension appointment. A portion of the research appointment may include facilities management responsibilities. The position will be administratively responsible to the Coastal Research and Extension Center and assigned an academic home in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University’s “southern exposure”. The position is located at the White Sands Research Unit in Poplarville, MS, which is administratively associated with the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. The position will be responsible for the management of the resources and four-person staff of the White Sands Research Unit, a 440-acre station in Pearl River County, uses its herd of over 120 beef cows and up to 250 stocker cattle to study the most effective and efficient ways to grow beef cattle.

Area of Specialization:

Animal Science/Beef Production

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2023.

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Professor will develop an active research program targeting economically viable and sustainable beef production including forage and grazing systems in South Mississippi. The incumbent will work closely with beef cattle scientists on the campus of Mississippi State University and at other Research and Extension Centers within the state to develop a comprehensive program. Incumbent will be expected to build a nationally recognized and extramurally-funded research program including refereed publications. Active collaborations within the department, college, and university as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations, etc. are expected. Service will be pursued via a combination of activities at the university, center and department, professional associations, field days and workshops, web-based communications, and written reports that will inform and educate Extension Agents, beef cattle producers, and other clientele.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in Animal Science with emphasis in beef cattle management, ruminant nutrition, or physiology using forage-based beef production systems. Candidates who are ABD will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum plus experience with Southeastern U.S. beef cattle production in the areas of beef cattle management, ruminant nutrition, physiology, and forage and grazing management. Experience communicating research results to industry stakeholders is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated proficiency in human relations skills, leadership ability, ability to function as part of a team, ability to supervise Research Associates and support staff, oral and written communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Incumbent must be able to conduct an outdoor research program involving cattle in South Mississippi. Able to work in extreme weather conditions - high temperatures and humidity; cold temperatures and humidity.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources Management Website at by completing the online application and submitting a cover letter, resume, current curriculum vitae/transcripts and three references. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be removed prior to submitting online. For additional questions, please contact James E. Henderson at

Screening Date:

October 19, 2022 until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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