Job Details

Position Details

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Position Title:

Research Scientist and Extension Specialist, Small Ruminants

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Location Address:

701 Sammy David Jr Drive
Langston, ok, 73050

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Hiring Range:
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0.00 - 0.00, Salary

Work Schedule:

M-F (8-5 PM)

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Job Summary:

OVERVIEW: The mission of the Langston University School of Agriculture and Applieed Sciences--American Institute for Goat Research (LU-SAAS-AIGR) is to research, develop and transfer enhanced goat and hair sheep production and distribution system technologies, with impacts at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. AIGR strives to fulfill this mission through excellence in a results-driven, highly productive research program; an effective, client-oriented community-based extension approach; and dynamic international activities that stress business development and human capacity building.

Cutting-edge research focuses on providing new information that are relevant and usable by producers, researchers, and consumers alike. Enhancing information exchange and producer skill levels through hands-on workshops, field days, and web-based information and interactive components is the goal of the extension program. Care for goat producers worldwide is engendered through international activities that encompass research, human capacity building, and village development. These programs, along with knowledgeable and caring personnel and a dedication to the improvement of the lives of goat and hair sheep producers around the world, have made the LU-AIGR a recognized leader in the arena of small ruminant production technologies. The recently enhanced focus on product development and consumption of meat and milk products has added a new dimension to AIGR.

SAAS and AIGR are committed to excellence in research, extension, teaching, and international programs in accordance with the Land Grant mission of Langston University.  More information about SAAS, AIGR, and LU are available at and
POSITION OVERVIEW: The successful candidate will be an integral part of the research and extension programs.  He/she will serve in the extension and research programs and conduct applied research with primary focus on unique aspects of goats and hair sheep production and management. The candidate will be expected to be in contact with leaders in the small ruminant industry and conduct workshops in various areas of animal production and management. He/she will collaborate with other scientists on research of interest.

Familiarity with parasites of sheep and goats and participation in the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasites will be an important expectation. Teaching assignments in area of specialization will be available periodically.

Importantly, although the ability to work collaboratively will be important, the successful candidate must be able to have independent thoughts about futuristic, new and groundbreaking concepts in small ruminant research and extension.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Apply online and upload a resume for full consideration.

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:  Ph.D. in Animal Science, Dairy Science or related Animal Science Training. Demonstrated interest in goats and or hair sheep with a strong background in small ruminant extension as well as related research and teaching activities. The candidate should have an extensive knowledge of small ruminant production systems with demonstrated expertise in management. The candidate should be able to write producer-oriented manuscripts for the Internet, popular press articles and materials for sheep and goat handbooks. Capacity to work cooperatively with others is very important.
o   NOTE: Although experience is a desired quality for this position, even more important is an expressed passion for work, ability to learn quickly, optimistic attitude, desire for service to people and communities and the ability to be the ultimate teammate.  In this regard, the position offers exceptional growth opportunities for an early to mid-career professional and for collaborative work.

SALARY:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CLOSING DATE:  August 1, 2022

TO APPLY:  The following must be submitted:  1) cover letter addressing the candidates’ experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) official transcripts, and 4) three letters of recommendation.  Application materials should be sent to:

Office of Human Resources
Langston University
P. O. Box 1205
Langston, OK  73050
(405) 466-3203

The Langston University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences was founded as, and remains a land-grant institution, committed to improving the quality of life for Oklahomans. Our research, teaching, and extension programs are part of a national system that maintains a statewide presence and links local, state, and global issues. Agriculture, food, and environmental systems are key components of Oklahoma’s economic engine, and LU is playing a prominent role in those areas with its programs.

Langston University (LU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, LU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.