Assistant Research Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 016200 - Thad Cochran Warmwater Aquaculture
Location: Stoneville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

This position is a 12 month, non-tenure track, 100% research appointment with Mississippi State University located at the National Warmwater Aquaculture Center (NWAC)/Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC) in Stoneville, MS with an academic affiliation with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. The incumbent will pursue an innovative and comprehensive program in catfish nutrition focused on evaluating and optimizing cost-effective feeds using traditional and alternative feed ingredients and nutrient supplements and developing optimum feeding strategies considering both scientific merit and practical needs of catfish producers in Mississippi and other parts of the southeastern United States. The primary function of this position will be to develop, coordinate, and implement research programs pertaining to catfish nutrition, feeds, and feeding strategies in the Mississippi Delta. The incumbent will work as part of a multidisciplinary team involved in catfish production at the center.

The incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain close working relationships with catfish producers, feed mills, and processing plants, and the various aspects related to the catfish industry including governmental agencies, stakeholders, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), Extension Service, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture and others. This interaction ensures that the catfish nutrition research program is focused on the most pressing needs of stakeholders. The incumbent should have the knowledge and experience in fish nutrient requirements, feed formulation, feeding practices, and aquaculture production and demonstrated excellence in research, extramural grant writing, and publication.

Department Profile:

About Mississippi State: Mississippi State University is ranked as one of the top research institutions in the United States. The Carnegie Institute has designated MSU as a "higher research activity" doctoral granting institution. We are also ranked among the nation's top 100 research institutions based on the most recent National Science Foundation survey. The academic home for this position is in MSU’s department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The 35-member faculty within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most productive research programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department has a highly collegial and interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research and Extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture science in the nation.

About the Delta Research and Extension Center: The Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC) serves as Mississippi State University's Research and Extension arm for the Delta region of Mississippi. The DREC focuses most of its attention on research and Extension activities on cotton, rice, soybean, corn, and catfish production. Research and Extension faculty work cooperatively to solve crop and aquaculture production problems and transfer new information and technology to area producers. DREC now covers about 4,700 acres total, including approximately 200 acres of federally owned land. Row crops are grown on about 1,800 of these acres and 294 acres are catfish research ponds. DREC has a staff of more than 20 research scientists and over 100 support personnel.

About the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center: The Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center (NWAC) was established to provide solutions to the most pressing problems of the aquaculture industry through basic and applied research, Extension, and diagnostic services. The cooperative programs of the USDA ARS Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine serve as the base of the U.S. catfish research and Extension programs. The NWAC facilities include 283 earthen ponds (294 acres) ranging in size from 0.1 to 9 acres, a 32,000 square foot office/laboratory building, 6,000 square foot aquaria building, 8,000 square foot nutrition laboratory, a pathogen-free holding building, genetics complex, raceways, shops, and storage buildings. There are 14 MSU and USDA scientists on staff as well as 40 support staff.

Area of Specialization:

Fish Nutritionist

Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be expected to conduct in-depth research as related to catfish nutrition, feeds, and feeding strategies in the Mississippi Delta. In development of the research program, he/she will work with catfish producers, feed mills, and processing plants to promote the Mississippi and US catfish industry and identify techniques to overcome production problems that limit yields and/or profitability in catfish farms. In keeping with the team approach, cooperation in research projects is expected involving other MSU and USDA-ARS scientists at the NWAC. The incumbent will be responsible for information transfer to stakeholders of research-based production and management recommendations via use of appropriate technology. The incumbent will submit and/or partner with colleagues in grant and contract proposals seeking funding to support applied research efforts. Furthermore, this incumbent will demonstrate and present information and updates through effective program delivery by planning and participating in local, statewide, regional, and national meetings with clientele.

The incumbent should have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research findings and troubleshoot problems with catfish industry, with fellow researchers, Extension personnel and the catfish community as a whole. The incumbent will also be expected to publish research findings in appropriate industry and professional journals, and make presentations at industry and professional meetings. The incumbent will be encouraged to participate in graduate student training in off-campus and campus-based graduate programs in aquaculture. He/she will also be expected to actively participate in professional societies/organizations as well as appropriate DREC and MSU committees. This position will be expected to work closely with Extension to facilitate deliverable to stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in fish nutrition or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. Acceptable candidate must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, experience with fish nutrition and aquaculture production, statistics, and experimental design. Experience in grant writing and pursuit of extramural funding are required.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

Yes, ABDs will be accepted.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong experience in practical fish nutrition, feed development, feeding strategies, and general aquaculture production, and demonstrated excellence or potential in research, extramural grant, and publication.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and leadership skills are also important.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae (including statement of current position and responsibilities);
ii) academic transcripts; iii) a statement of research philosophy and research interests; and iv) three letters of reference either online or hard copies to:

Dr. Steve Martin, Interim Head
Delta Research and Extension Center
P.O. Box 197
Stoneville, MS 38776
Screening of applications is expected to begin as soon as suitable applicants have been identified. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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