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Associate/Full Professor

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College of Veterinary Medicine

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Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

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Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

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Summary of Duties:

We seek an outstanding scientist as the third Rocky Crate/Wild Sheep Foundation for Wild Sheep Disease Research Endowed Chair to lead the bighorn sheep research program.

The position as defined is approximately 80% research/graduate education and 20% outreach. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive research program on the topic of respiratory disease of bighorn sheep, its causation, sources of the infectious agent(s), and methods to control or prevent pathogen transmission and disease through interventions in bighorn sheep, and pathogen reservoir hosts, or directed toward other disease co-factors that may be identified in the future. He or she will be expected to develop the requisite collaborations to move the research program forward, irrespective of the unit in which such collaborators have their formal appointments. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop productive contacts with state/federal/non-governmental wildlife agency officials, individuals, and organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in the Department’s graduate program including mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees. He or she will also be expected to be active in the academic service arena. The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology seeks candidates whose experience and training has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Additional Information:

This search is for the third Rocky Crate/Wild Sheep Foundation Endowed Chair for Wild Sheep Disease Research. This endowed chair was established in 1998 with private support from Dr. Rocky Crate and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (now the Wild Sheep Foundation) to focus research on understanding and eventually controlling or preventing the most devastating disease of bighorn sheep, pneumonia. The new endowed chair will be expected to emphasize research directed toward the same end. Also, the new endowed chair will be expected to interact collegially and collaboratively with the officials of the Wild Sheep Foundation as well as the officials of the WSF Chapters and keep them informed with respect to research progress. Furthermore, the new endowed chair will be expected to establish or continue broad collaborations with the staff of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, with state game/wildlife department biologists and managers, with the Wild Sheep Working Group of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and as appropriate, with relevant agricultural officials at state and federal levels.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Required Qualifications:

A PhD degree in biomedical science or a related field.
Demonstrated abilities in conducting hypothesis-based research and publishing high-quality papers in top-tier journals on topics related to this research program.
Must have a track record of attracting extramural funding.
Must have experience contributing to high quality graduate education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Background or experience enabling broad cross-disciplinary research collaborations, including those supporting applied field research.
Background, training, and experience enabling development of a strong research program in disease ecology or epidemiology relevant to diseases associated with pathogen spillover at the wildlife-livestock interface.
Willingness and ability to communicate research results both orally and in written formats so that they are easily understood by multiple individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds.
Have an understanding and appreciation of the role of hunting in the management of big game animals in Western North America.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin on November 7, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

A complete Notice of Vacancy can be viewed at: http://vmp.vetmed.wsu.edu/employment-opportunities

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) A letter of application (uploaded as “Cover Letter” 2) curriculum vitae 3) name and contact information for three professional references, and 4) statement describing research approaches and plans (uploaded as Research Statement). Recognizing that diverse approaches to the problem of respiratory disease in bighorn sheep are possible, candidates are asked to include in their application a description of their proposed general approach and how their experience/expertise/skill sets will equip them to implement their approach (uploaded as "Other”).

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 12/14/2020
Work Type: Full Time