Cornell University

Assistant/ Early Associate Professor - Global Livestock Sustainability

Posted on May 7, 2024
Cornell University

Position Overview

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Roadmap to 2050 is centering environmental justice to achieve climate and sustainability goals via a cohort of hires within our Transdisciplinary Moonshots – opportunities for the College to collaborate on future-focused, cross-disciplinary scientific breakthroughs and to align research, education, and extension programs for greater impact and stronger connectivity. The Moonshot areas build upon core strengths in CALS, spanning the agricultural, environmental, life, and social sciences, with the goal of recruiting 27 faculty into the College over the next three years.

The Accelerating Livestock Innovations for Sustainability moonshot is a campus-wide initiative to advance holistic climate solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production systems, enhance resilience of production systems to climate change, protect the livelihood of farmers and health of animals, and ensure food security globally. Livestock methane emissions are a potent and significant contributor to climate change worldwide. Cutting methane can reduce global warming by ~0.5 degrees C in the next decade, thereby slowing the rapid pace of climate change. CALS is leading in methane reductions through our innovative approach to fostering collaborations among researchers, educators, and industry that aim to reduce these emissions while protecting food production, animal health, and farmers’ livelihoods. In addition to this hire, the cohort will include new faculty positions in Microbiology of Anaerobes in Animal and Environmental Systems (Animal Science) and Production Economics (Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management).

We are seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time tenure-track position in Global Livestock Sustainability at the assistant/ early associate professor level. The successful candidate’s research initiatives may include identifying strategies to enhance the efficiency of meat, milk, or fiber production from livestock systems to promote the livelihood, health, and nutrition in domestic and global communities, while reducing negative environmental impacts, and other innovative ideas. The candidate is encouraged to seek collaboration with leading faculty in the Department of Animal Science that focuses on nutrition, enteric methane mitigation, reproductive management, and animal systems analyses. In addition, there are synergies with faculty groups in Global Development, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, the Atkinson Center for Sustainability, the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Outstanding research scholarship is expected, as is excellence in and commitment to teaching, translation of knowledge, advising, and inclusive mentoring of students. We seek colleagues with an outstanding record demonstrating success and promise across all these areas;who will be supported by and contribute to a vibrant culture of inclusive excellence at Cornell. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in service and leadership activities within the department, college, university, and relevant professional societies. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically marginalized and excluded identities who are underrepresented in the classroom and in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who have experience in equity and inclusion concerning teaching, mentoring, research, outreach, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.



This position has an effort split of 50% research and 50% teaching.

Research (50%) – The successful candidate will build and lead an internationally recognized research program focused on sustainability of livestock systems. The candidate will be expected to maintain a well-funded research program. Excellence in and commitment to development of multidisciplinary team-based research and training programs is essential.

Teaching (50%) – The selected candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable livestock systems and meat, milk, or fiber livestock production management. Additionally, they will make valuable contributions to the department and college’s broader educational needs.

Department Affiliation: The successful candidate will be a tenure-line faculty member of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and will be based in the Department of Animal Science.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Animal Science or a related field and livestock expertise, with particular interest in beef and/or small ruminant systems. A commitment to research and teaching in the Animal Science undergraduate major and to the development of multidisciplinary team-based research and training programs is essential.

Preferred Level of Education


Benefits Offered

Cornell University offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Support for start-up costs will be available. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Assistant Professor: $79,400 - $135,000  Associate Professor: $97,500 - $148,500

How to Apply

Applications and Starting Date: The anticipated starting date is January 2025 or as negotiated. Qualified applicants should submit 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing background, qualifications, and interest in the position;2) a Curriculum Vitae;3) a research statement outlining experience, interests, and goals;4) a teaching statement outlining experience, interests, and goals;5) a statement supporting diverse communities (this can be a stand-alone document (preferred) or the information can be embedded in other parts of the application materials) outlining how, through research, teaching, service. mentoring, extension, and/or outreach, the candidate has and will contribute to support Cornell’s historical mission of “any person … any study”;6) copies of four relevant publications;and 7) names and contact information for three references. Materials should be submitted online to: Applications received by August 15, 2024 will be given full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.