This tenure track position is located at the Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) which is a diversified crop and livestock research facility located seven miles southwest of Havre (pop. 10,000). Havre, MT offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, golfing, skiing, and ice skating. Cultural attractions include museums, galleries, concerts and live theater. Historical attractions nearby include the Montana Dinosaur Trail, Fort Assinniboine and Buffalo Jump. Havre is a small town with a low crime rate, and is the focal point of commercial activity in the Hi-Line region. Also located in Havre, but not part of the research center, is Montana State University-Northern, north central Montana’s comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels.
Develop a range beef cattle research program focused on cow/calf management strategies that optimizes economic and environmental sustainability of range beef production in Montana and the western US. Research may include across discipline interactions focused on cow/calf beef production systems (nutrition, biometrics, pre and/or post-weaning management, precision agriculture including breeding and genomics, interactions with animal health, crop (range)/livestock interactions & integration or impacts or end product value).
The ideal candidate will develop research program focused on providing the information and tools needed to assist ranchers and land managers in optimizing land resources for beef cattle. As a result, an integrated approach to developing economically relevant management strategies and recommendations for Montana and regional range beef cattle production practices is expected.
The research program should have immediate and long-lasting effects on western beef cattle production. The individual is expected to collaborate with other scientists, extension personnel, ranchers, related industry representatives, advisory and commodity groups to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations.
Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs, as well as from industry, will be required to provide adequate research program support of a nationally recognized program. The position is expected to communicate research findings in oral and written formats, including refereed publications.
Participation in outreach and service activities is expected. The successful individual will also provide expertise to other research programs in the Department, College and MAES as appropriate.