Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

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Professional Fields, Veterinary Science, Science & Technology, Agricultural Science & Extension

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Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-14
Req: R-2546


280-NN - Associate Professor

Business Title:

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Additional Titles:

270-NN - Assistant Professor, 290-NN - Professor


Employee Type:


Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

The Functional Genomics Initiative at Washington State University (WSU) is a multimillion dollar investment to establish the institution as a leader in the application of genome editing of animals for the advancement of biomedical research and improvement of animal agriculture. A major aspect of the Functional Genomics Initiative is the recruitment of several new tenure-track faculty with research programs in strategic areas that align with current core strengths of the existing faculty body. Over the past three years, six faculty have been hired as part of the initiative in the areas of reproductive and developmental biology, growth and muscle biology, and bioethics. The initiative has also built core research service laboratories for single cell omics analysis, CRISPRCas9 reagent generation, and animal production. The new hires have taken advantage of newly developed infrastructure to launch their research programs and operate at the leading edge of technology for chosen fields of interest. All newly recruited investigators have the opportunity to interact with existing WSU faculty in biomedical research to forge new collaborations through the formal structure of centers for research excellence in the colleges of Veterinary Medicine (Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, School of Molecular Biosciences, and Center for Reproductive Biology), Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (Department of Animal Sciences), and Arts and Sciences (School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs). With the current notice of vacancy, the initiative aims to add yet another star to the faculty ranks that will have opportunity for forging multidisciplinary collaborations to devise approaches for conferring resistance in animals to infectious disease causing agents.

This Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position is defined as approximately 75% research/graduate education, 20% teaching, and 5% university service. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive, extramurally funded research program in the area of infectious diseases. Candidates with an ongoing or future commitment to disease resistance, the application of gene editing technologies, an interest in food/fiber-producing animals, large animal models, and/or poultry are encouraged to apply. The research area should be compatible with existing research focuses on infectious diseases. These include vector-borne, zoonotic, viral, bacterial, and protozoal diseases.

For more information on current research see:; The successful candidate will be expected to establish effective collaborations with current WSU programs and be active in the college’s graduate program, including mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in teaching at the graduate, and/or veterinary professional level and to be active in the academic service arena. The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The Department:

The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology is one of five departments/schools in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The departmental mission is “to enhance animal and public health through teaching veterinary and graduate students, training veterinary pathology and microbiology residents, and conducting biomedical research in infectious diseases and immunology”. The department takes pride in what we believe is an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, personal and professional growth, and productivity. Although few faculty members are intensively involved in all three traditional missions of teaching, research, and service, we value and seek excellence in each. The WSU Functional Genomics Initiative fosters collaborative, interdisciplinary research. This includes units in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Center for Reproductive Biology, an inter-institutional center involving 26 departments from WSU and seven other universities.

The University:

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.

The Area:

Washington State University’s Pullman campus is situated in the rich agricultural area known as the Palouse, in eastern Washington. The Pullman public school system is ranked #16 in the state (of 256) and Pullman is an excellent, safe environment to raise a family. Pullman is only eight miles from the University of Idaho at Moscow, approximately 1.5 hours south of Spokane and 5.5 hours from Seattle. The Pullman environs offer many recreational activities including skiing, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Pullman is near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and near numerous rivers, lakes and wilderness areas; including the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers, Coeur d’Alene, Pend Oreille, and Priest lakes, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to name a few.

Tenure Track: Yes

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualification and experience.

FTE: 100%

Position Term in months: 12

Required Qualifications:

A doctoral degree (PhD, DVM, or MD) in biomedical science or related field is required by the time of hire. A minimum of three years of productive post-doctoral research experience in infectious disease. Candidates at all ranks must have demonstrated abilities in conducting hypothesis-based research and publishing high quality papers in top tier journals, a track record of, or strong potential for attracting extramural funding, and a history or interest in contributing to high quality graduate and/or veterinary education. The successful candidate must demonstrate commitment to excellence by providing leadership in research, teaching, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Additional Information:

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-7040

Area/College: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department Name: Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Department Link: VMP Home (

Background Check: This position has been designated to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date: Applications received by October 15, 2021 will be considered in the initial review process. Applications will continue to be accepted after the initial screening date.

Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) letter of application to indicate the applicant’s short and long term goals and outline their qualifications for the position, including research interests and accomplishments; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) summary statement describing research plans; 4) statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and 5) a teaching and mentoring statement.

For questions or confidential expressions of interest, please contact Anthony Nicola, Professor, at Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

Required Documents:

1) Letter of application

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Summary statement describing research plans

4) Statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion

5) Teaching and mentoring statement

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

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 veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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


Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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