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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Molecular Virology is Available at Virginia Tech

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

(Announcement posted September 19, 2014)

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has an open 9-month faculty position in Molecular Virology at the rank of tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor level [https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45864]. The primary responsibility will be to establish and maintain a high- quality extramurally funded research program (~75% FTE). There will be opportunities to teach/co-teach in professional (DVM) and graduate courses, and perform service on committees of the department/college/university (~25% FTE). Instructional participation at the graduate level can be tailored to the candidates’ interests and expertise. The department and college have a strong vibrant nationally and internationally recognized virology program. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong record of research accomplishments in virology that will complement the expertise of our existing robust virology program. Candidates with a documented record of research accomplishments (publications and/or extramural grant support) especially in the areas of animal models of viral diseases, vaccine development, viral pathogenesis and host-virus interactions, and translational medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Appointment to the Associate Professor rank will require a demonstrated record of accomplishment including extramural funding. We are seeking candidates with research interests that fit into one or more of our three main research focus areas of the department: (i) Infectious Diseases and Immunity, (ii) chronic Inflammatory Disorders, and (iii) Regenerative Medicine. The candidate will be joining a progressive department that has recently recruited thirteen new faculty in the above areas. Research at the interface of these focus areas is desired. Opportunities to develop independent and interdisciplinary collaborative research programs exist both within the college and with other life sciences-oriented departments, colleges, and institutes on campus. Excellent opportunities also exist to mentor and train Ph.D. students.

For more information about the college, please visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/ ; for departmental information including other areas of expertise please visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/org/dbsp/index.asp. Please also visit the web links of four Virginia Tech life/health sciences-related Institutes, which foster intercollegiate research interactions. These include: (1) Fralin Life Sciences Institute: http://www.fralin.vt.edu/ ; (2) VT Carilion Research Institute: http://vtc.vt.edu/research/ ; (3) Virginia Bioinformatics Institute: http://www.vbi.vt.edu/ ; (4) Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science: http://www.ictas.vt.edu/ . Opportunities for translational research in collaboration with faculty in the College’s Departments of Large and Small Animal Clinical Sciences and the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine exist as well.

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution and ranked eighth nationally among public universities in The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges" for 2010 and 2011. Serving a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff in the U.S. and around the world, Virginia Tech is the largest residential university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to the National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech had research expenditures totaling $450 million in 2011, ranking 41st out of 900 universities nationwide. The university currently is undergoing dramatic growth in its research programs. The Virginia Tech campus is nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Blacksburg metro area is ranked no.21 best-performing small city in US, and the Money magazine as one of the Top 100 best places to live. Virginia Tech is dedicated to the principle of diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities.

Candidate requirements for this position include a Ph.D. in virology or related biomedical science and a strong record of research funding and publications. Candidates with DVM and Ph.D. are particularly encouraged to apply. Full consideration is assured to applications received by December 31, 2014. Interested individuals should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, letter of intent outlining academic record, teaching philosophy and career goals, and names and addresses of three professional references electronically to the Virginia Tech Personnel website [https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/45864]. Should you need more information, please contact:

Dr. X.J. Meng, Chair of Virology Search Committee
University Distinguished Professor
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
VMRCVM
Phone: (540) 231-6912
Email: xjmeng@vt.edu

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Dairy Health Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12–month, tenure–track position in dairy health at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities: 100% AgResearch

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Animal Science or related field with food animal research experience. An earned DVM (or equivalent degree such as a BVSc) is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated potential or history of competitive funding and a minimum two years of postdoctoral training experience are preferred for an appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate should have the experience and skills necessary for conducting research and mentoring graduate students. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Develop and sustain a vigorous, extramurally–funded research program that focuses on dairy health in the area of infectious disease, animal well–being, pre–harvest food safety, or translational medicine.
  • Mentor MS and PhD students

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre–Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well–being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at: https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Dairy Resources:
The University of Tennessee has three dairies located across the state, including the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (ETREC-Little River Animal and Environment Unit; Walland, TN), Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (MTREC; Spring Hill, TN), and the Dairy AgResearch and Education Center (DREC; Lewisburg, TN). The Little River unit is a new facility (opened in 2012) located within 30 minutes of campus and is capable of housing 250 Holstein cows. In addition to standard dairy equipment, this facility has six zones which can be individually modified relative to fans, sprinklers, and shade and will be a great asset in assessing methods to alleviate heat stress conditions and nutrition interactions. A work room is also present with a BSL–2 hood, incubator, and centrifuge available. The MTREC dairy is located in middle TN and can house approximately 200 Holstein cows in its free stall facility. The DREC dairy also is located in middle TN and houses approximately 100 Jersey animals in a free stall facility. The MTREC and DREC locations have pastures available for forage–based dairy systems and development of replacement heifers. Each dairy has a basic laboratory and excellent on–site personnel who can help conduct research. The Joseph E. Johnson Animal Research and Teaching Unit (JARTU) is located across the river from the Knoxville Campus. This facility is equipped with environmentally–controlled animal and metabolism rooms with the capability to house dairy cattle and young animals. The facility also contains surgery rooms and a feed mill with the capacity to pelletize and mix experimental diets. The new Brehm Animal Science Building has a suite of nutrition laboratories and a classroom designated for nutrition instruction. The laboratory is equipped with a comprehensive array of analytical capabilities such as LECO N–analyzer, HPLC, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, FOSS NIR analyzer, and ANKOM fiber analyzer and Daisy incubator. In addition to the nutrition laboratory, facilities in Brehm include equipment for flow cytometry, molecular biology and tissue culture. The Genomics Hub, housed in the adjacent Plant Biotechnology Building, provides UTIA faculty with technical support and instrumentation necessary for genomics research, including next generation sequencing.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. Jun Lin
Professor
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–4588
Phone: 865–974–5598
Email: jlin6@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Beef Ruminant Nutrition Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12 month, tenure–track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Position Responsibilities: 85% AgResearch and 15% Teaching

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Animal Science or a closely related field and significant experience in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis in rumen physiology and/or rumen microbiology or closely related field. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills and record of scholarly achievements highlighting publications in peer–reviewed journals are essential. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and demonstrated accomplishment in grantsmanship. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Establish an independent, translational research program benefiting the Tennessee, US and global beef industry
  • Develop an extramurally–funded research program (e.g., grants & contracts) -
  • Regularly publish original research articles in peer–reviewed journals
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with organizations and industries serving the beef industry
  • Mentor MS and PhD students
  • Develop and teach a graduate level course in Animal Nutrition, Metabolism, and Rumen Physiology
  • Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science and Institute of Agriculture, such as committee service and student recruitment, and contribute to the efforts of the recently established University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located
near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well–being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. The Department has four research laboratories dedicated to nutrition–based research as well as other multiple laboratories devoted to reproduction, endocrinology, genomics, microbiology, and immunology.

Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at: https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Cattle Resources:
Vast cattle resources are located at six of the UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. These centers currently have an inventory of 900 beef cows, 92 feeding pens, 120 three acre and 18 five acre grazing paddocks. Recently, a GrowSafe system was installed at the Plateau Research & Education Center for Beef Cattle research. In addition, support staff is located at each of these centers. Three dairy research herds are also available with associated production trait data and Calan gate facilities.

Salary: Commensurate with education, experience, and qualifications, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research and teaching interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. Agustin Rius
Assistant Professor
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–4574
Phone: 865–974–3150
Email: arius@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiology Faculty Position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
Knoxville, TN

(Announcement posted August 4, 2014)

The University of Tennessee, Department of Animal Science in Knoxville, TN invites applications for a full–time, 12 month, tenure–track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with education, experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities: 80% AgResearch and 20% Teaching.

Qualifications: Earned doctoral degree in Animal Science or a closely related field and significant experience with US beef management systems. Individuals with degrees outside the US may be subject to verification at the expense of the candidate. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills, record of scholarly achievements highlighting publications in peer–reviewed journals, and efforts related to securing extramural funding to support research efforts are essential.

Excellent Opportunities Exist for an Individual to:

  • Establish an independent translational research program benefiting the Tennessee, US and global beef industry
  • Develop an extramurally-funded research program (e.g., grants & contracts).
  • Create scholarly, peer–reviewed original research articles
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with organizations and industries serving the beef industry
  • Mentor MS and PhD students
  • Develop and teach an undergraduate Beef Cattle Management course and a graduate level course in Reproductive Physiology & Endocrinology
  • Participate in other activities of the Department of Animal Science and Institute of Agriculture, such as committee service and student recruitment
  • Provide research–based information to county Extension Agents and Extension Specialists towards their programmatic efforts

About the University and Department:
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an enrollment of more than 27,000 students and is located near the Smoky Mountains with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Department of Animal Science is a diverse and fascinating blend of applied and basic life sciences, ultimately focused on enhancing the efficiency of, profitability and sustainability of the domestic animal industries. The department's activities are accomplished by its 26 faculty members and 15 professionals and support staff on the Knoxville campus and at locations across Tennessee. Approximately 500 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's Bachelor of Science degree program with academic concentrations in Animal Industries, BioSciences and Pre–Veterinary Medicine. Encouraging undergraduate participation in research, creative achievement and real–world experience is a departmental goal. There are approximately 25 graduate students enrolled in the department's MS and PhD programs. Research programs focus in the areas of animal health and well-being, nutritional physiology, and reproductive physiology and endocrinology. The Department has multiple research laboratories dedicated to reproduction–based research as well as other laboratories devoted to nutrition, endocrinology, genomics, microbiology, and immunology.

Extension leads adult and 4–H youth programs in multiple livestock species. Opportunities are available for establishing collaborative and interdisciplinary activities with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other university units and regional industries. Several core research facilities are also available. Additional information about the Department can be found at:
https://ag.tennessee.edu/animalscience/Pages/default.aspx

About Cattle Resources:
Vast cattle resources are located at six of the UT AgResearch and Education Centers across the state. These centers currently have an inventory of 900 beef cows, 92 feeding pens, 120 three acre and 18 five acre grazing paddocks. Recently, a GrowSafe system was installed at the Plateau Research & Education Center for Beef Cattle research. In addition, support staff is located at each of these centers. Three dairy research herds are also available with associated production trait data and Calan gate facilities.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, a competitive start–up package is available.

Application: Review of applications will commence September 15, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit as a single PDF document a letter of application; statements describing research and teaching interests; official transcripts; names and addresses of at least three individuals willing to serve as references; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications to:

Dr. J. Lannett Edwards
Professor & Graduate Director
The University of Tennessee
Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive  
Knoxville, TN 37996–4574
Phone: 865–946–1011
Email: jedwards@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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