The Noble Research Institute, LLC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to evaluate differences between project and contemporary cattle. Research will include evaluating for differences within project cattle that have different cow/calf producers. Other potential projects include evaluating the costs and benefits of adopting the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) metrics. More information can be found about the USRSB at www.usrsb.org and about the pilot project at www.integritybeef.org/beef-sustainability.This research will be done within Industry Relations and Stewardship focusing on beef cattle and sustainability
The Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project is a 2 year pilot program that aims to improve the sustainability of the entire beef production value chain. This collaborative effort includes Noble Research Institute, Integrity Beef Alliance, Beef Marketing Group, Tyson, Golden State Foods, and McDonalds. The position will be funded by McDonalds.
This pilot project will provide funding for this position, and is scheduled to end on or before February 2019. Funding is anticipated to be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability. The program will be reviewed in its final stages and if approved, this project has the potential of an extension which would allow for up to a total of two years of funding.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for performing Institute mission oriented research as directed by supervisor. This role of this position will focus on the analysis of beef cattle performance data, sustainability metrics, and the ensuing costs and benefits to each sector of the beef industry. Research experience will be gained in this area through ranch level, lot level feedlot performance, and individual carcass data will be collected on the approximately 7,000 head of cattle in the program. Data collected may also include carcass data from all other cattle at the feed yard during the same period of time. Other areas of focus include quantifying the economic impacts of stewardshp principles and ecosystem services throughout all sectors of the agricultural industry, particulary beef cattle production Other duties of the position will include but are not limited to diligent and timely design and implementation of research activities, complete data analysis and interpretation, perparation of manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and non-technical bulletins, and participation in the Institute's professional development program.
A Ph.D. in animal science, agricultural economics or agribusiness. No experience required; 2 years in research preferred.