Assistant/Associate Professor Molecular Diagnostics - Career Track
Washington State University Pullman
Location: Pullman, Washington
Internal Number: 3323638
Assistant/Associate Professor Molecular Diagnostics - Career Track
Title: 164-NN - Clinical Assistant Professor - Career
Business Title: Assistant/Associate Professor Molecular Diagnostics - Career Track
Additional Titles: 165-NN - Clinical Associate Professor - Career
Location: WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS
Employee Type: Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)
Job Family: Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible
Description of Position:
This is a full-time (12 month) permanent career-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology position in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) including the Paul G, Allen School of Global Health (Allen School), the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) and Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) in Pullman, WA seek to fill 3 full-time (12 month) permanent faculty positions to strengthen and grow our core programs in clinical microbiology, emerging infectious disease/zoonotic disease research, diagnostic medicine (including laboratory oversight, client outreach and industry stakeholder engagement) and public health/global health programming. Faculty within this cluster hire will have opportunities to teach in undergraduate, graduate and/or the DVM professional curriculum (areas of emphasis include public health and infectious disease, among others). In addition, the CVM is home to a long-standing, highly recognized Clinical Microbiology Residency training program. Faculty within this cluster hire will variably focus on research, clinical service (unit leadership / outreach / residency training, diagnostic medicine) and/or teaching depending on the candidate's interests and skill sets. The 3 faculty lines include a mix of tenure/tenure track (research emphasis) and career track (clinical microbiology/ diagnostic medicine emphasis) lines. The goal is to emphasize innovative, cross-disciplinary programmatic development in areas in which WSU CVM already excels.
This position will have an emphasis on clinical service, outreach, and clinical training in WADDL (approximately 45%) with balanced effort in applied research and less effort in academic service and formal, didactic teaching. Final effort distribution will be based on candidate qualifications and interest. The final candidate's field of interest and qualifications will help identify the position academic home in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology or the Paul G, Allen School of Global Health.
Clinical Service/ Outreach/ Clinical Training: The incumbent may be expected to provide general laboratory oversight and leadership of the molecular diagnostics WADDL laboratory (and lesser shared responsibilities in the virology/immunology, bacteriology and/or immunodiagnostics laboratories) including maintaining laboratory accreditation requirements and managing staff including a laboratory manager. Diagnostic Clinical Service efforts will be on a rotational basis with other faculty within the microbiology core that will include coordination of cases and testing. When serving in the Clinical Service Rotation, effort will also be directed towards Clinical Teaching, which includes instruction and advising of students in the Clinical Microbiology Residency Program. Outreach efforts will include consultation, communication with and presentations to veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal owner users of WADDL, as well as external state and federal animal and public health agencies working with WADDL.
Research: The preferred candidate will be expected to have a portion of their scholarly activity dedicated to the development, optimization, and validation of molecular diagnostic assays that are relevant to infectious and emerging infectious diseases of terrestrial, aquatic, and wildlife species. This could include NGS-based analyses of DNA and RNA genomes, that addresses the diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases, detection and characterization of emerging infectious diseases, public health, epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, or other related disciplines. This program could include collaborative, applied, field-based, and multi-disciplinary research and has the expectation for creative publication as a primary or co-author in
the above areas. The research area should be compatible with existing research foci on infectious diseases. These include vector-borne, zoonotic, viral, bacterial, and protozoal diseases. The candidate will be expected to write capacity grants, USDA NAHLN grants as well as small research grants.
The successful candidate will be expected to establish effective collaborations with current WSU programs across departments and be active team member in the college's graduate program, including mentoring or co-mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees.
Teaching: The successful candidate will have formal/didactic teaching opportunities in the CVM curriculum and WSU graduate programs related to infectious diseases based the final distribution of responsibilities and interest in teaching.
Academic Service: The successful candidate will be expected to participate at the departmental, college, university, discipline, and national levels. This could include service such as search committees, task forces, college or university committee service, manuscript and grant review, peer review of teaching, and conference development. Departmental camaraderie and collegiality through participation in academic service is expected.
The successful candidate must demonstrate commitment to excellence by providing leadership in research, teaching, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
A DVM (or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited institution), or AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates certification
Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in the field of infectious disease or a related discipline earned by the time of hire
Diplomate status or board eligibility in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM)
Experience in veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine and outreach
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diagnostic laboratory collaborators, clients, clinicians, and practitioners
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with DVM and post-DVM students in a classroom or small group environment
A successful record of teaching at graduate and/or professional medical levels
A successful record working in interdisciplinary collaborative programs
A record of scholarly productivity consistent with the level of experience and appropriate to rank (Assistant or Associate), as evidenced by collaborative publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals (For the Associate Professor level, evidence of scholarly productivity is required.)
This position functions in the role of public veterinary medical practice which has been identified as a veterinary shortage situation in the National Veterinary Medical Service Act (NVMSA). Veterinarians recruited into this position may be eligible for the NIFA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) providing up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans for three years.
Allen School: The Allen School is a dynamic interdisciplinary research unit with faculty based in Washington State, Kenya, Tanzania, and Guatemala. Allen School research programs are based on the fundamental understanding that human and animal health is inextricably linked. In some instances, the connection is obvious, as is the case for zoonotic and emerging diseases where disease causing agents are transmitted directly from animals to humans. Other connections may be less obvious; for example, when household nutrition or income is negatively affected by livestock diseases. This linkage between animal and human health exists throughout the world, yet the impact is most significant in low resource populations. At the Allen School we recognize that there are significant opportunities to dramatically improve human health disparities through strategies and interventions that improve animal health.
WADDL: The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory is an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accredited full-service unit integrated within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. The WADDL's mission is to provide accurate, state-of-the-art, timely, and cost-effective diagnostic services, consultation, disease surveillance and outreach to safeguard animal health, the food supply, and public health. Further, WADDL contributes to the University and College of Veterinary Medicine through discovery, scholarly activity, and education. The WADDL is a USDA-APHIS National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Tier I Laboratory and is in the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network for investigation of food safety. The sections of WADDL include aquatic health, bacteriology, histopathology/ immunohistochemistry, immunodiagnostics (including serology, virology, and BSE testing), molecular diagnostics, necropsy, and parasitology along with a branch laboratory in Puyallup, WA focused on avian health and food safety.
VMP: 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.
Unit Cohesion: The personnel of the Allen School, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology along with USDA-ARS-Animal Disease Research Unit are housed together in the College of Veterinary Medicine. There are many productive interactions among the individuals in the four units and many faculty members have appointments in multiple units. There are congruencies of interests and fruitful collaborations among the faculty and personnel in these four units, and aside from some unit-specific responsibilities, it is an overarching cohesive organization. Our aim and our expectation is that to the degree possible, the programs of the four units will function seamlessly.
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.
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications received by September 12, 2022, will be considered in the initial review process. The online application will need to include a letter of application; curriculum vitae; summary statement describing research plans; statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and contact information for three references including name, title, organization, phone number and email address. The application letter should indicate the applicant's short- and long-term goals and outline her/his qualifications for the position, including research interests and accomplishments. Start date for successful applicant: ASAP.
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Area/College: College of Veterinary Medicine Department Name: Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-7040 Department Link: Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology | College of Veterinary Medicine | Washington State University (wsu.edu) Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience FTE: 100% Tenure Track: No After successful Third Year Review, a continuous appointment will be assigned. Screening Begin Date: This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin September 12, 2022. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check. Application Instructions: A letter of application, CV, contact information of at least three professional references, and a statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion must be submitted at www.wsujobs.com.
Letter of application
Contact information for at least 3 professional references
Statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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.
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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. U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its C...ommunity Engagement Classification.WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.