Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Avian Health Biologist

Job no: 499265
College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Animal & Food Sciences, Full Time

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS) (http://canr.udel.edu/ANFS/) at the University of Delaware (UD) is strengthening a campus-wide initiative in One Health by hiring an Assistant Professor of Avian Health Biology for Fall 2023. ANFS is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor (60% research, 40% teaching) for a nine-month, academic-year appointment who will teach courses and conduct contemporary research in animal diseases and avian biology. The individual will directly support the college’s One Health initiative given the zoonotic potential of avian respiratory and intestinal disease agents and will expand and build upon departmental strengths and expertise through research on current poultry diseases, including emerging and re-emerging diseases impacting poultry production.

The individual will be expected to work closely with the poultry industry, regional stakeholders, and research colleagues within and outside the university. The successful candidate will develop a self-supporting, collaborative, multidisciplinary research program that may include, but is not limited to, avian respiratory and disease agents, pathogen-host interactions, immunology, microbiology, disease prevention, vaccine development, and therapeutic discovery. Teaching responsibilities will include 2-3 courses per academic year and include developing and/or contributing to courses in the areas of domestic animal health and diseases or closely related areas, alongside training and mentoring of graduate students and undergraduate research assistants. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in scholarly research, teaching, outreach, and student mentorship.

A Ph.D. or DVM/VMD and relevant post-doctoral training or equivalent experience in an animal health-related discipline is required. Successful candidates will demonstrate novel integrative research approaches applicable to agricultural animal systems with an understanding and appreciation of the One Health initiative as applied to production animal systems. The successful candidate will be expected to teach, advise undergraduates in academic and career planning, mentor undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers, and develop productive outreach collaborations. The University of Delaware is committed to the development of a diverse faculty, and the applicant should be committed to inclusive excellence in both teaching and research.

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences, located in Newark and Georgetown, Delaware, is one of the four departments in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). This highly collegial department has 18 full-time faculty focused in the areas of animal sciences and food sciences who are actively engaged in the core research areas of infectious diseases, genomics, immunology, physiology, nutrition, and microbiology including food safety. The Animal and Food Sciences undergraduate program is a national leader with over 400 students enrolled, and we place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and discovery-based learning. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources includes a 350-acre agricultural experiment station and teaching farm, Allen Laboratory (biosafety level 3 facility), and the Lasher Diagnostic Laboratory. The primary research and teaching laboratory building (Worrilow Hall) recently underwent a $38-million renovation, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities for use by the successful candidate. The University of Delaware offers an attractive salary and benefits package (educational, health insurance, retirement), excellent work-life policies, and a competitive start-up package.

Additional Institutional Information

The University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, Delaware, provides the amenities of a vibrant college town with convenient access to the major cities along the East Coast, within one hour of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and two hours of New York City and Washington, D.C. An Amtrak station is a short walk from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences’ buildings. An innovative leader in research and teaching, the University of Delaware (UD) combines a rich historic legacy with a commitment to undergraduate education and the latest advances in technology. State-assisted, yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Engaged University with very high research activity. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed, state-assisted institution with selective admissions and a student body of more than 20,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.

Review of application will begin September 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should electronically submit a letter of application addressing the required qualifications (up to 2 pages), a curriculum vitae, 3 representative reprints of original peer-reviewed research scholarship, and statements of research interests (up to 2 pages) and teaching philosophy (1 page) including diverse and inclusive learning. Applicants should also include contact information for three references, letters of recommendation will be requested at time of application submission. Application materials submitted via email will not be considered. Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from under-represented minorities and women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditional upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude a candidate from employment. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States upon hire.

Questions may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair Dr. Ryan Arsenault ([email protected]), Department of Animal and Food Sciences, 044 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Open until filled

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