Assistant Professor in Animal Genomics
The Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University is seeking applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position, in Animal Genomics at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will have a 60% research and 40% instruction appointment. The projected start date is August 1, 2021.
Responsibilities: This position carries the expectation for excellence in research productivity, scholarship, teaching, and student mentoring commensurate with the land grant mission at Auburn University. Research priorities for this position will focus on the challenges and opportunities in the production of food animals. The research program should emphasize in high-throughput genome analysis, bioinformatics, gene network analysis and/or genetic modification with applications relating to food animal production, health, and/or disease resistance. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program involving interdisciplinary collaboration. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, cell and molecular biology, functional genomics, and/or the microbiome. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with other scientists within, but not limited to, the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, and/or Human Sciences, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations, and industry towards development of an animal genomics program. The incumbent will teach an undergraduate-level foundation course in animal breeding. Departmental, college, and university committee service is expected.
Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Animal Science/Genetics or a related field by the position start date. Ideally, the selected individual will have experience and training in genome/transcriptome sequencing, functional genomics, and/or bioinformatics, and the ability to independently develop and conduct research in this area. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and/or teaching resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required. The selected individual must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.
Desired qualifications: We seek individuals with postdoctoral research experience and evidence of extramural funding efforts. Experience in developing new and/or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in animal breeding and genetics and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels is also desired.
Application instructions: Applications for this position can be made by visiting this link: http://www.auemployment.com/postings/20248 and attaching the following: 1. Cover letter that represents the applicant experience pertinent to the position responsibilities; 2. Current curriculum vitae; 3. Copies of all academic transcripts; 4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments; and 5. Statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references. Only completed application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business January 4, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Paul Dyce, Search Committee Chair, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 334-844-1840.
About the University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, it was ranked 40th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2019 enrollment of 30,460 students includes 24,594 undergraduates and 5,866 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus.
The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) conducts a variety of research to support the state’s agricultural industry and economy. Efficient food animal systems bring together researchers to study food animals including livestock, poultry and fish. Key research topics of interest include efficient and sustainable animal production systems, animal health, efficient and safe use of animal manure, and animal production technologies. The Animal Breeding, Reproduction and Genomics Team is harnessing cutting-edge cellular and molecular tools to reduce disease incidence, increase yield and overcome long-standing issues with fertility. Seven AAES research centers located across the state conduct livestock research with beef cattle herds representing over 1,000 head. The Department of Animal Sciences also manages a farrow-to-finish Swine Research and Education Center, Equine Center, and the Lambert-Powell Meats Processing Lab.
Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.
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