Assistant Small-to-Industry-Scale Poultry Specialist in Cooperative Extension

May 12, 2014 Yeng Xiong
Department of Animal Science
Application period May 12, 2014 02:40 PM to
Jul 01, 2014 11:55 PM
Contact Name
Contact Phone (530) 752-5650

This academic appointment is a fiscal year (11-month) 100% Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist located in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. The research and extension focus will address poultry management to contribute to the current and future high-priority State needs in management to improve poultry productivity and well-being in small, mid- and large scale production systems. Broadly, the management areas may include production (growth or reproduction), behavior, genetics, health, housing density, disease transmission, or nutrition. The Specialist will serve as a key conduit to the state producers disseminating knowledge relevant to the sustainability and viability of California poultry meat and egg production management systems to improve poultry productivity, sustainability, and well-being in small, mid- and large scale production systems of relevance to California stakeholders. As a Specialist in Cooperative Extension, the Specialist provides statewide leadership for University colleagues, agricultural industries, consumers, youth, policy makers, environmental agencies, and other public entities, the Specialist is expected to keep campus and county based UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) colleagues and clientele apprised of emerging issues and research findings and directions, while working with them to conduct applied research and develop applications of research knowledge to specific poultry management problems.  The Specialist will provide educational leadership and technical information support for county based CE academics and clientele.

This Specialist is expected to develop a nationally-recognized creative and productive research and extension program, performed independently and in collaboration with UCCE academics, with funding from extramural sources as a fundamental and indispensable requirement of the position, including publication of results in peer-reviewed professional and scientific journals and appropriate UCCE outlets. The Specialist is expected to complement existing strengths in the Department in growth and development, poultry behavior, nutrition, and genetics addressing poultry management broadly. It is expected that the Specialist will play a vital, collaborative role in conducting research projects to develop and test approaches and practices to poultry care and management that pertain to all aspects of the poultry industry. The Specialist will also organize, coordinate or participate in meetings/workshops with CE academics and other stakeholders in multiple venues.  Meeting these expectations will require extensive in-state travel.  The Specialist will have the opportunity to support graduate teaching missions of the department and to be a member of graduate programs.  In support of affirmative action, CE programs are expected to include outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and other underrepresented clientele. The Specialist will have access to wide-ranging animal and infrastructure resources and many collaborative opportunities within the department and college, and with colleagues in campus units such as the School of Veterinary Medicine and College of Biological Sciences as well as UCCE colleagues.


Ph.D. or equivalent in an animal science discipline and research experience with poultry is required.. Evidence of research excellence and research interests focused on applied poultry management, is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop a vibrant and creative extension program and to conduct extramurally funded research in poultry science.


Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension rank at the University of California.


  Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by July 1, 2014.

Materials requested include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments and future plans relevant to poultry management, 5) statement of extension accomplishments and philosophy, and 6) the names, addresses (including e-mail) of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Cooperative Extension Specialist James Oltjen, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair, Department of Animal Science, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA  95616, (530) 752-5650, .

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Position details

Application period

May 12, 2014 02:40 PM to
Jul 01, 2014 11:55 PM


Contact info

(530) 752-5650

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