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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Screening of applications will begin on January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and a summary statement describing research plans must be submitted. The cover letter should indicate the applicant’s short and long term goals and outline his/her qualifications for the position, including research interests and accomplishments.

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Title Open Rank
Working Title Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Position Number 101329
College/Area College of Veterinary Medicine
Hiring Unit Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Department Link

College of Veterinary Medicine

Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164-7040
Summary of Duties

The position is defined as approximately 75 percent research/graduate education and 25 percent outreach. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a productive research program on elk hoof disease and related research in the areas of infectious disease at the livestock-wildlife-human interface. The goal is to determine conclusively the underlying cause(s), transmission dynamics, including any link to transmission between elk and domestic livestock, and the role of human-ecosystem interactions. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Native American tribes and other national and international agencies that can lend expertise and field activities to develop solutions. A significant part of the new program is outreach, communicating research findings to the general public and could be supported by the existing WSU Veterinary Medicine Extension Program. Additional responsibilities include supervision of support staff conducting a surveillance program in Washington, especially the southwest region, and managing a digital information asset management system for tracking and surveillance in collaboration with other agencies. Candidates with a research emphasis on wildlife epidemiology and ecology, infectious hoof diseases of livestock and/or wildlife, or other diseases affecting the domestic livestock-wildlife-human interface, including experience in outreach communication to the general public are especially encouraged to apply. As a faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to establish effective collaborations with current WSU programs and be active in the department’s graduate program, including mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees. The successful candidate will also be expected 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.

Elk Hoof Disease is an emerging infectious disease of wild elk populations in the Pacific Northwest. The number of elk with deformed, broken, or missing hooves has increased dramatically in the Pacific Northwest in the past decade. Although elk hoof disease is very likely multifactorial, the disease is strongly associated with Treponeme bacteria, known to cause digital dermatitis in cattle, sheep and goats. Because of the growing impact on Washington’s elk population, the Washington State Legislature fully funded and mandated Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the state lead in developing a program to monitor and assess causes of and potential solutions for elk hoof disease. The new program will be incorporated into ongoing programs studying emerging and endemic infectious diseases of wildlife occurring at the wildlife-domestic animal interface, including investigation of ecological systems that influence the risk of emerging disease occurring in wildlife, domestic animals and humans.

Additional Information

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/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 personally involved in all the traditional missions of teaching, research, and service, we value and seek excellence in all three.

The personnel of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, the USDA-ARS-Animal Disease Research Unit, the School for Global Animal Health, and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory 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.

Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of approximately 19,500 students on the Pullman campus. There are eleven colleges offering doctoral degrees in 46 disciplines; masters and bachelor’s degrees are offered in 67 areas of study. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the Northwest and Pullman offers a safe, friendly, small-town living environment. Branch campuses are located in three urban communities across the state.

Washington State University’s Pullman campus is situated in the rich agricultural area known as the Palouse, in eastern Washington. Pullman has a strong school system and a reputation as an excellent, safe environment to raise a family. Pullman is only eight miles from the University of Idaho at Moscow, an approximately 1.5 hour drive from Spokane and 5.5 hours from Seattle. The Pullman environs offers 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.

View the Benefits Overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date
Tenure Track Yes
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Permanent
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Required Qualifications

A PhD degree in biomedical science or related field is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of an established, extramurally funded research program, a record of successful collaboration and proven track record of graduate education are preferred. A proven track record in wildlife disease research and ecosystems and experience in outreach communication to the general public is also preferred. The College of Veterinary Medicine is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural capabilities to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external colleagues and stakeholders. The research area must be compatible with the goals of the program mandate and could include wildlife/livestock/human infectious disease ecology, pathogenesis, microbiology, epidemiology, immunology, surveillance, or diagnostics. Candidates 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 education.

Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 11/09/2017
Screening Begin Date 01/01/2018
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Screening of applications will begin on January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

A cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and a summary statement describing research plans must be submitted.

The cover letter should indicate the applicant’s short and long term goals and outline his/her qualifications for the position, including research interests and accomplishments.

EEO Statement

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Info
  4. Research Statement
Optional Documents