Assistant/Associate Professor, Functional Genomics Initiative
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 125051
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: Washington State University (WSU) recently launched the Functional Genomics Initiative (FGI) to address the University's research Grand Challenge themes focused on sustainable resources for food production and sustaining health for people and animals. Through the FGI, WSU is assembling a cohesive cluster of cross-disciplinary investigators to build intellectual capacity in molecular and cellular biology, address societal and ethical issues in biotechnology and establish state-of-the-art research cores in gene editing and animal husbandry. In addition, WSU wishes to hire eight new faculty members and has hired two research core directors to build intellectual capacity in functional genomics. WSU participants in the FGI include the Department of Animal Sciences; the Center for Reproductive Biology; the School of Molecular Biosciences; the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology; the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and the WSU Extension system.
The Department of Animal Sciences seeks to hire three Assistant or Associate Professors for the FGI group starting July 2019 or earlier for the following areas, links are provided to see each individual notice of vacancy:
Female Reproductive Physiology (Position #125051) - Applicants with gene-editing expertise at the whole animal level, particularly CRISPR/Cas9 in livestock, and a research program centered on livestock preimplantation embryo development or some aspect of female reproductive physiology will be given priority consideration.
Stem Cell Biology (Position #128403) - Applicants with expertise in all aspects of stem cell biology are welcome to apply, particularly in uncovering basic mechanisms of adult stem cell renewal and differentiation, pluripotency of embryonic stem cells, stem cell metabolism and metabolomics. The candidate is expected to establish a strong program centered on basic research of stem cell biology with applications to livestock production and/or human health. Demonstrated experience of working with livestock and gene editing will be given priority consideration.
Growth Biology (Position #128435) - Applicants with expertise in all aspects of animal growth biology are welcome to apply, particularly in uncovering basic mechanisms regulating the development of tissues and organs important for animal production. The candidate is expected to establish a strong program centered on basic research of growth biology with applications to livestock production. Demonstrated experience of working with livestock and functional genomics will be given priority consideration.
All candidates must have demonstrated successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.
Required Qualifications: Below are general qualifications for these positions. See linked position descriptions for all required and preferred qualifications.
A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in biosciences with a strong record of publication and academic accomplishment appropriate for the stage of the candidate. Postdoctoral training. Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program. Applicants for an Associate Professor position must have established an extramurally funded research program with a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and national/international recognition. Demonstrated experience in research using livestock as an end point.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
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