Associate/Assistant Professor of Animal Science_Genomics

  • West Texas A&M University
  • Texas, USA
  • Nov 18, 2020
Full time

Job Description

Job Title
Associate/Assistant Professor of Animal Science_Genomics

West Texas A&M University

Agricultural Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary

Job Location
Canyon, Texas

Job Type

Job Description

The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, and optional retirement savings opportunities. Eligible employees will have access to paid leave programs in addition to 13-15 paid holidays each year. For more information regarding the benefit package go to: West Texas A&M University: Human Resources Benefits

West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), a Member of The Texas A&M University System, invites applications for the position of Associate or Assistant Professor of Animal Science with a primary focus on functional genomics and bioinformatics of livestock and livestock production systems. This is a nine-month, tenure track (60% teaching, 30% research and 10% service), position that reports directly to the Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

WTAMU is seeking an energetic and self-motivated professor and researcher with a proven record of leadership to support a nationally recognized program aimed at improving sustainability of beef production systems through use of basic and applied genomic technologies. Candidate should have training in functional genomic and bioinformatic approaches as well as a working knowledge of the US cattle industry. The further development of a specific area of expertise in the functional validation of genetic variants, genetic engineering or cloning techniques is desired. Additional interests in any of the current "omics' (embryomics, epigenomics, exomics, genomics, microbiomics, etc.) will be considered and valued.

The Texas Panhandle is among the largest fed cattle production region in the world, fourth largest milk producing region in the nation, and largest pork production area in Texas. WTAMU also partners with the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Education, Research and Outreach (VERO) Center, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL), both of which have facilities on the WTAMU Campus that enables students to specialize in animal health, animal care, animal nutrition and pre- and post-harvest food science/food safety. The position will also benefit from a high concentration of allied industries and services such as beef processors, feed manufacturers, renderers, pharmaceutical and biological manufacturers, technical support specialists, and world-class consultants in food animal production systems.

WTAMU is a four-year academic institution of 10,000+ students serving the Panhandle of Texas and surrounding regions of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The Department of Agricultural Sciences offers a Ph.D. in Agriculture, Master of Science degrees in Agriculture, Animal Science, and Plant, Soil and Environmental Science, eight undergraduate degree programs and a Pre-Vet Specialization.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Tommy Perkins, at (806) 651-3578 or via email at

  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural genomics for both in-class and online delivery, as needed;
  • Teach nine hours per long semester for undergraduate and/or graduate programs;
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Seek and successfully acquire external funding to support program;
  • Publish in high quality peer-reviewed journals;
  • Develop a research program in an area of genomics and bioinformatic approaches that will lead to solutions for the agricultural industry of the Texas High Plains;
  • Support and contribute to program development, student activities, recruitment and placement of students for internships and employment opportunities;
  • Collaborate and develop partnerships with commodity groups, extension educators, agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in service activities and committees to support the department, college, university, community, and professional organizations.
  • Develop an internationally recognized program in functional genomics all while securing funding for research projects and mentoring masters and Ph.D. students.
  • Development of an genomics laboratory.

  • PhD degree in animal science with expertise in genetics, biomedical sciences, or biochemistry
  • Minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience
  • Experience in quality research and supervising graduate students
  • Experience in writing and acquiring research project grant funding
  • Expertise in the field of transitional genomics and/or bioinformatics
  • Interpersonal skills, vision and desire to establish working relationships with constituents.
  • Successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of the appointment and must be able to work legally in the United States for the proposed term of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis (particularly genome/exome sequencing).

Applicant Instructions:

Applicants must provide the following materials in order to be considered for this position:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Three letters of reference

Please attach all documents in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page before continuing through the application. Although the attachment box is labeled "CV/Resume," more than one document may be included. All revisions must be made prior to application submission. If you need assistance with downloading documents, please contact WTAMU Human Resources at .

Texas law requires all males age 18 through 25 to be properly registered with the Selective Service System.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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