Associate/Assistant Professor of Animal Science_Genomics R-050171

  • West Texas A&M University
  • Canyon, TX
  • Apr 27, 2022
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Job Description

The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, and optional retirement savings opportunities. Eligible employees will have access to paid leave programs in addition to 13-15 paid holidays each year. For more information regarding the benefit package go to: West Texas A&M University: Human Resources Benefits

West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), a Member of The Texas A&M University System, invites applications for the position of Associate or Assistant Professor of Animal Science with a primary focus on functional genomics and bioinformatics of livestock and livestock production systems. This is an eleven -month, tenure track (25% teaching, 65% research and 10% service) position that reports directly to the Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

WTAMU is seeking an energetic and motivated professor and researcher with a proven record of leadership to join our team of nationally and internationally recognized experts in cattle production and other areas of agriculture production. Specifically, the successful candidate will develop and internationally recognized program to improve production and sustainability of beef cattle through research and application of state-of-the art genomic technologies. Candidates should have advanced training in functional genomic and bioinformatic approaches as well as a working knowledge of the US cattle industry. The further development of specific expertise in selection and functional validation of genetic variants, genetic engineering or cloning techniques is desired.

The Texas Panhandle region is home to one of the largest cattle production regions in the world, boasting over a quarter of fed beef production and third largest milk producing region in the U.S., and largest pork production area in Texas. WTAMU and the Texas A&M University System has invested over $120 million in new facilities and programs in Canyon, Texas to promote the future of agriculture and animal health in the region, including new research and teaching facilities that are home to the WTAMU College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Education, Research and Outreach (VERO) Center, the Canyon branch of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL), and a new Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center to be completed in 2023. Facilities include state-of-the-art molecular biology research laboratories that are used for molecular diagnostics and genomic based research, as well as other resources to enhance teaching and research in animal health, animal care, animal nutrition and pre- and post-harvest food science/food safety. The position will also benefit from a high concentration of allied industries and services such as beef processors, feed manufacturers, renderers, pharmaceutical and biological manufacturers, technical support specialists, and world-class consultants in food animal production systems. Partners from WTAMU, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and industry partners conduct world-class impactful research addressing important issues of practical significance to the cattle industries, including control and prevention of diseases, and the promotion of sustainability and efficiency of production practices. This new team member will complement existing areas of strength. 

WTAMU offers award winning undergraduate and graduate training programs to over 10,000 students, with a particular focus on serving the Panhandle of Texas and surrounding regions of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The Department of Agricultural Sciences offers a Ph.D. in Agriculture, Master of Science degrees in Agriculture, Animal Science, and Plant, Soil and Environmental Science, eight undergraduate degree programs and a Pre-Vet Specialization.

Work Performed:

  • This position is expected to establish and maintain an energetic, extramurally well-funded research program, maintain a strong record of peer-reviewed publication, support "team science" while engaging in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and teach in the graduate, and/or undergraduate degree programs. 
  • Specifically this will include teaching three credit hours per semester for undergraduate or graduate programs, in addition to responsibilities in advising and mentoring graduate students. 
  • Develop a research program in an area of genomics and bioinformatic approaches that will lead to solutions for primarily the animal agricultural industry of the Texas High Plains;
  • Collaborate and develop partnerships with commodity groups, extension educators, agencies, Texas A&M School of Veterinarian Medicine / VERO and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in service activities and committees to support the department, college, university, community, and professional organizations.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in animal science or closely related field, with specialization in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, or biomedical sciences.
  • Expert proficiency in application of state-of-the-art techniques in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.
  • Candidates with experience in independently securing extramural research support, actively participating in collaborative team-based research, conducting applied research regarding practical problems affecting cattle production, consulting on important problems affecting animal populations, and teaching students about their disciplinary focus will also be given preference.
  • It is a strong expectation that members of our team will support each other to promote the program's mission, and must have strong positive interpersonal skills along with a demonstrated record of promoting highly collegial and collaborative team interactions. 
  • Successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of the appointment and must be able to work legally in the United States for the proposed term of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis (particularly genome/exome sequencing).

Applicant Instructions:

Candidates for the position should apply through the campus HR website (

We will request the following items be included with the application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three references

Please attach all documents in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page before continuing through the application. Although the attachment box is labeled "CV/Resume," more than one document may be included. All revisions must be made prior to application submission. If you need assistance with downloading documents, please contact WTAMU Human Resources at

Texas law requires all males age 18 through 25 to be properly registered with the Selective Service System.

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