Washington State University (WSU) recently launched the Functional Genomics Initiative (FGI) to address the University's research Grand Challenge themes focused on sustainable resources for food production and sustaining health for people and animals. Through the FGI, WSU intends to hire eight new faculty members and two research core directors to build intellectual capacity in molecular and cellular biology and to address societal and ethical issues in biotechnology. Using gene editing and advanced reproductive methodologies, we seek to identify and functionally validate the genetic basis of desired traits, particularly in livestock. The long-term intent will be to enhance livestock productivity in the future as global demand for food and environmental awareness increase. WSU is assembling a cohesive cluster of cross-disciplinary investigators to build intellectual capacity in molecular and cellular biology, address societal and ethical issues in biotechnology and establish state-of-the-art research cores in gene editing and animal husbandry. WSU participants in the FGI include the Department of Animal Sciences; the Center for Reproductive Biology; the School of Molecular Biosciences; the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology; the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and WSU Extension.
The Department of Animal Sciences seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor in female reproductive physiology to join the FGI group as early as July 2017. Applicants with gene-editing expertise at the whole animal level, particularly CRISPR/Cas9 in livestock, and a research program centered on livestock pre-implantation embryo development or some aspect of female reproductive physiology will be given priority consideration. The successful candidate must have demonstrated successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.
Duties will include maintaining a strong, externally funded research program based on a strong individual program. This includes collaborative relationships with other FGI members and relevant faculty. The faculty member will be expected to teach at a load commensurate with other research intensive faculty and may include responsibility for undergraduate and/or graduate courses on topics central to the Animal Sciences education mission; and participating in service at the department, college and university levels.
Required Qualifications: A doctoral degree (Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D.) in biosciences with a minimum of two years of post-doctoral training in basic science is required by the date of hire. Expertise with gene editing with livestock, especially CRISPR/Cas9 technologies Expertise in female reproductive physiology. Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program. Applicants for an Associate Professor position must have established an extramurally funded research program with a record of peer-reviewed publications and national/international recognition.
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