Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor of One Health (Genomics and Bioinformatics)
The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) seeks applications for a 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position as Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor in One Health with emphasis on Genomics and Bioinformatics at the Penn State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL). This is a full-time position, and the appointment will include responsibilities in diagnostic service and research (80%), and teaching (20%). The individual will join a leading team of Penn State faculty involved in addressing Global One Health issues cutting edge molecular tools. This is a multi-year appointment funded for an initial five years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. The rank and salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.
Primary duties of the position will include: Diagnostic Service: Oversee the operations of Genomics and Bioinformatics Section at ADL which includes supervision of technical staff, train and mentor staff and students. The incumbent is expected to perform bioinformatic /pathogenomic analyses of genomic data from diagnostic and research submissions, write reports, and provide consultations with submitting veterinarians and clients, assisting with undergraduate and veterinary extern research projects and assist with instruction of residents. The position will require ensuring implementation of quality control/assurance and safety, developing, or expanding new test offerings/test platforms, and when needed representing the genomics and bioinformatics section both within PADLS and externally at scientific/veterinary meetings and conferences. As a part of the rapid response team at Penn State, the incumbent will work with other experts involved developing and offering molecular diagnostic services for diseases of high consequence to animal agriculture, wildlife, and human health. Participation in appropriate local, regional, and national meetings is required. Research: The successful applicant is expected to develop an independent research program related to one health with a focus on genomics and bioinformatics. Start-up research funds and research laboratory will be provided, commensurate on research experience and based on proposed research initiatives/projects by the incumbent. Excellent opportunities exist for collaborating on research projects and professional development. Teaching: the successful candidate is expected to teach courses in the one health minor, encouraged to develop a new undergraduate laboratory-based course on pathogenomics, and lead Penn State efforts towards developing an internationally recognized global one health program.
Applicants must hold a DVM/VMD (or equivalent) degree from an AVMA-accredited college/university, ACVM board certification or eligibility is strongly preferred. A Ph.D. and/or postdoctoral experience in One Health, Pathobiology, Epidemiology, or relevant field of biomedical or veterinary research with extensive training and a track record of peer-reviewed publications in genomics and bioinformatics is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and others across the university and community are required.
The ADL is part of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians accredited tripartite Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) (http://www.padls.org ). Animal Diagnostic Laboratory is a full service, AAVLD accredited, NAHLN laboratory with histopathology, necropsy, virology, serology, microbiology, parasitology, and molecular biology sections. The PADLS system performs several thousand diagnostic tests each year on a wide variety of food and companion animals and wildlife species. The PADLS diagnosticians collaborate on research projects, provide consultation and expert advice to clientele, commodity interest groups, veterinarians, research scientists, perform state and federal disease monitoring and surveillance programs, support field investigations and outreach/ extension activities.
Applicants must upload a cover letter describing future professional goals as they relate to diagnostic pathology along with the Curriculum Vitae. Applicants are also encouraged to provide a narrative statement describing their research, teaching and extension goals and interests. In addition, the names and contact information of three professional references must be provided. The review of applications will begin June 1, 2021, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. For any questions or additional information about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Bhushan Jayarao, Resident Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-863-5939. Rabies vaccination is strongly recommended for this position and would be paid for and provided by the University. The start date is approximately November 1, 2021. The Pennsylvania State University is a Land-Grant university located in central Pennsylvania. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams, and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College has an excellent school system and offers a multitude of cultural events. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students.
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