Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist- Ag Facility Systems Engineer
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: Negotiable ACADEMIC (9 months)
Agriculture - Biological Engineering
Agriculture - Structures / Environment
Years of Experience:
Less than 2
This tenure-track position will be a nine-month Faculty appointment with tenure home in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the University of Wisconsin Madison. The position will be partially funded by the UW Division of Extension.
Internal Number: 243400
The Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking candidates for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level specializing in facility and controlled environments for agricultural systems.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized extension and research program supported by extramural funding. Extension and research topics for this position may include, but are not limited to the following: -Design of dairy and livestock housing, handling and other components of animal production systems intended to optimize economic viability, production, animal well-being, environmental sustainability, and human health. -Design of controlled environments for plant production that optimize economic viability, production, environmental sustainability, and human health. -Development of solutions for problems related to environmental control and optimization within agricultural structures, processing, and storage facilities. -Design and/or application of digital technologies, including sensors, wireless communications, control systems and software to improve animal and/or plant product quality, animal comfort, production economics, energy use/cost, water use efficiency, human health, and other critical factors. -Identification and response to emerging issues in the field that present critical challenges pertaining to buildings and other facilities that are vital to agriculture; these challenges may involve addressing climate resilience, commercial adoption of new farm products (plant or animal based), and other such issues that will be identified and addressed through collaboration with extension colleagues and the industry partners.
This tenure-track position will be a nine-month Faculty appointment with tenure home in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the University of Wisconsin Madison. The position will be partially funded by the UW Division of Extension. The position carries a commitment to the three important functions of instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the faculty rank.
The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. The Department of Biological Systems Engineering is committed to advancing diversity in all areas, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.
Ph.D. in engineering or a field closely related to the outlined extension and research program in this vacancy.
The preferred candidate will also have research and outreach experience in animal and/or plant facility systems, preferably applied to agricultural or environmental system
Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to undertake an interdisciplinary approach in their research and a willingness to work with other faculty members within the college and university. The candidate should also demonstrate the potential to develop, externally fund, and maintain an active extension and research program. The candidate should be able to contribute to courses in biological systems engineering and give evidence of a keen enthusiasm for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide a level of extension program leadership that will effectively serve the needs of Wisconsin agriculture and facilitate collaboration with regional and national educational programs that focus on animal and/or plant facility design and environmental control.
Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (http://jobs.wisc.edu) under job number 241303-FA. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system. To begin the process, please click "Apply Now". Applicants must upload the following information as a single PDF document: 1) Cover letter 2) Curriculum vitae 3) Statement of interest that describes extension and research, and includes their experience, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values equity and diversity 4) Transcripts
Names of three references and their contact information will be requested of selected applicants prior to final interviews. Unless confidentiality is requested, in writing, any information regarding an applicant will be released upon request. Finalist can not be guaranteed confidentiality.
The deadlines for assuring full consideration in December 15, 2021; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.