Job Overview

Summary

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Seeking permanent, full-time Research Physiologist (Animals) to plan, implement, and report results of research aimed at improving nutrient management and efficiency in beef cattle. Independent research will focus on optimizing the use of feed resources by diverse breeds of cattle.

Duties

The research objective is to improve production efficiency of cattle by identifying physiological and metabolic mechanisms responsible for variation in nutrient utilization and determine the factors responsible for their regulation. Specifically, the incumbent will: (1) determine physiological processes that contribute to variation in nutrient utilization amongst beef cattle populations, (2) identify regulatory mechanisms that control nutrient utilization, and (3) identify animal management strategies to promote increased efficiency of nutrient utilization. Research methodologies may include: feeding and comparative slaughter trials, nutrient balance studies, blood flow and metabolite flux in tissues, stable isotope tracer methodologies, and metabolomics. Biological models may include animals with differing genetic merit for size, lean growth, milk yield, environmental adaptation, and adaptability to stress.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

Work is conducted in a research laboratory which has inherent risks and requires wearing protective coats, goggles, and/or boots. The incumbent will work with large agricultural animals and must be prepared for the associated risks. Domestic travel may be required.