Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Genetic Engineering

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Job Title: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Genetic Engineering
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 35990
Job Description

The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences seeks to expand its expertise in avian genetic engineering research by hiring a talented Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the faculty in the Division of Animal Sciences of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources ( This position is also critical to the MU-USDA ARS Livestock Genetic Engineering Program and NextGen Precision Health initiative in the University of Missouri System ( We expect the incumbent to bring a synergistic effect by collaborating with our existing livestock genome editing researchers in the Division of Animal Sciences (MU Livestock Engineering Team The University of Missouri is an AAU member, Carnegie R1 institution, and one of the most comprehensive land grant universities in the nation that includes agriculture, human medicine, and veterinary medicine. A competitive start-up package, excellent facilities, and ample opportunities for collaboration across the campus, system and state underscore the attractive nature of this position.

Responsibilities: We seek a dynamic individual who will lead an extramurally funded research program, train doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, provide academic service on campus, and contribute to undergraduate and/or graduate education. The desired focus of the research is on avian genetic engineering research to enhance the genetic value of avian species, availability of avian models, and our understanding of genes relevant to avian growth, development and disease resistance. The individual is expected to develop and apply novel genome editing technologies to benefit avian production. The successful candidate will be expected to develop or possess a robust, collaborative, externally funded research program.


Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D., D.V.M., or DVM/PhD degree with postdoctoral training or equivalent training in genetic engineering, animal sciences, poultry sciences, or a related discipline.

Candidate will be Evaluated on: A competitive candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate research and teaching. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level must have an established extramurally funded research program and with a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and national/international recognition. Exceptional new investigators with experience in avian genome editing will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

The candidate should have the ability to communicate well in a research and educational setting; and evidence of past research collaborations or a willingness to work in related research areas. Individuals with interest in utilizing designed avian models for basic and translational research are specifically sought and encouraged to apply.

Application Materials

Application: To apply, visit and submit: Cover letter; Curriculum vitae; one-page summary of research accomplishments along with two pages of future plans; and names and contact information for three references.

The University of Missouri values diversity and is committed to working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all its programs. Candidates applying for this position are required to provide a statement addressing how they would utilize their former experience and knowledge to promote diversity and inclusion at the university and how that commitment would add value to the Division of Animal Sciences.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Specific inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Kevin Wells ([email protected]).

Other Information

About MU: MU is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System. The University is located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City in Columbia, a vibrant community consistently ranked among the top small cities to live in the nation. The division of animal sciences at MU has a reputation for excellence in interdisciplinary research and cross-campus, inter-system and inter-institutional collaborations that involve high impact basic science, clinical and translational initiative with high impact on domestic animal and human health. Biomedical advances in the MU System are anchored by a new $225M NextGen Precision Health building located in Columbia ( and the Bond Life Sciences Center (

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 3/29/2021
Application Due: 4/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time