Summary of Duties: We seek an outstanding scientist as the third Rocky Crate/Wild Sheep Foundation for Wild Sheep Disease Research Endowed Chair to lead the bighorn sheep research program.
The position as defined is approximately 80% research/graduate education and 20% outreach. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive research program on the topic of respiratory disease of bighorn sheep, its causation, sources of the infectious agent(s), and methods to control or prevent pathogen transmission and disease through interventions in bighorn sheep, and pathogen reservoir hosts, or directed toward other disease co-factors that may be identified in the future. He or she will be expected to develop the requisite collaborations to move the research program forward, irrespective of the unit in which such collaborators have their formal appointments. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop productive contacts with state/federal/non-governmental wildlife agency officials, individuals, and organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in the Department's graduate program including mentoring graduate students and serving as a member of student advisory committees. He or she will also be expected to be active in the academic service arena. The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology seeks candidates whose experience and training has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
Required Qualifications: A PhD degree in biomedical science or a related field. Demonstrated abilities in conducting hypothesis-based research and publishing high-quality papers in top-tier journals on topics related to this research program. Must have a track record of attracting extramural funding. Must have experience contributing to high quality graduate education.
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. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
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 Carne...gie 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 Community 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.