Assistant Research Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 013100 - Poultry Science
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

To coordinate and conduct research focused on elucidating mechanisms associated with pathogens, primarily Avian Pathogenic E. coli strains and their relationship to health of laying hens and heavy broilers. Areas of focus may include but are not limited to molecular determinants of pathogenesis, impact of strain variations, and tissue tropism of APEC; identifying immunological targets that will confer cross-protection to APEC in poultry; investigating pre- and pro-biotic interventions, both in ovo and post-hatch, and their effects on pathogen colonization and gut health. Mitigation effects of environmental or nutritional factors as they relate to exacerbation or, alternatively, mitigation, may be a focus. Contributions to vaccine development are expected, as needed.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Poultry Science Department currently houses approximately 50 undergraduate students, 16 graduate students, and 11 faculty. The Department conducts teaching, research and Extension activities on the 55 acre Poultry Research Unit on the MSU South Farm, which includes facilities for research broilers, eggs/embyos, and layers. In addition, two tunnel research houses nearby house approximately 40,000 broilers. The Department has recently renovated the industry-relevant processing plant, with assistance from an industry advisory board. We will move into a new 29,000 square foot Poultry Science Building in the Fall of 2020. The Department offers Bachelors of Science degrees with concentrations in Applied Poultry Management and Science and Pre-Vet Science. Both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Poultry Science.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To conduct research in the areas described above that will be published in quality journals.
Assist in seeking extramural funding.
Support research as described.
Interact with staff and students.
Contribute to department strategic goals and service efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Poultry Science, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, or related fields, with expertise in animal husbandry and processing, food safety, developmental biology and/or immunology

Preferred Qualifications:

Post-doctoral experience

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Exposure to dust and chicken dander is expected.

Instructions for Applying:

Application must be submitted online at Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae; ii) academic transcripts; iii) cover letter expressing applicant’s interests and qualifications; and iv) three letters of reference. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Screening of applications is expected to begin immediately. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Mary Beck at or 662-325-3416 if you have any questions about this position.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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