Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa (US)
Commensurate with qualifications
September 16 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Appointment Type: Faculty

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa seeks applicants for the Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics. This position is a 9-month, tenured position at the associate or professor rank with proposed responsibilities 70% research, 25% teaching, and 5% service.  The position includes dedicated annual operating funds. Applicants from academia, industry and government are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be an international leader in animal breeding and genetics/genomics or a related field. Possible areas of focus include, but not limited to, the use of genetic/genomic, phenomic, and reproductive technologies, epidemiological genetics, and computational methods for precision breeding and farming. All animal species are acceptable areas of focus. Candidates are expected to develop a research program of international stature in Animal Breeding and Genetics and Genomics and are expected to obtain external funding to support their research program. Candidates are expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and graduate student mentoring. Service to the academic mission and profession is expected. 

This position requires collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and external constituents. Ample opportunities exist to collaborate with faculty in related disciplines and through participation in interdisciplinary graduate programs such as genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Key to success will be cultivating relationships with stakeholders that are mutually beneficial for the department, college, and university. Exceptional oral and written communications are essential, as well as a demonstrated ability to broadly communicate science with diverse audiences. A commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the land-grant mission is expected.

Guaranteed Consideration Date: Applications will be accepted immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Review of applicants begins October 13, 2021.

Required Qualifications:
A PhD in animal sciences or a broadly related discipline with expertise in animal breeding. Internationally recognized scholarship commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor with tenure and meet the department, college, and university standards for appointment as a tenured professor. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in quantitative genetics and/or genomics of food animals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex research programs and evidence of fiscal/budget management.
  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability to effectively teach and/or mentor others.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders to provide solutions to issues through research partnerships.

Proposed start date: 8/16/2022, or as negotiated

Department Details:
The Department of Animal Science is a leader nationally and internationally. Over the past decade, the Department has demonstrated its ability to expand and enhance the quality and range of its research activities in nutrition, genetics, physiology, meat science, and microbiology. The strong support offered to new faculty, the breadth and depth of its scientific capabilities, the balance among research, teaching, and extension, and the collegial environment makes the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University an excellent location for faculty to enhance their academic careers.

Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2022
Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time

To view the full job description and to apply, please visit

Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted electronically at

The application should include:

  • A full curriculum vitae
  • In one document please include statements on the following: a) research interests and outlook, b) teaching philosophy and vision for contributing to existing or new courses in Animal Science, and c) perspectives related to the University’s Principles of Community (,
  • The names and contact information for three to five references (including at least one outside the applicant’s current place of employment)

For more information, contact Dr. James Reecy (; 515-294-1609).  Please direct questions regarding the application process to or (515) 294-4800.  Review and evaluation of applications will commence on October 13, 2021.

Original Posting Date: September 1, 2021
Job Requisition Number: R6100

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. 

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community. 

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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