Animal Science, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-AnimalScience-2014062 [#2887, 2014062]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Genomics/Genetics - Repost
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Genomics
Appl Deadline:2013/10/08** finished (posted 2013/07/31, finished 2014/05/02, listed until 2013/10/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Position Summary

The Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of animal genomics/genetics.

Responsibilities include teaching an introductory animal genetics/breeding course with a focus on domestic animals, a graduate level genomics course, and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Other duties include participation as a collaborative team member in the Department of Animal Science and contribution to the academic community through service at the department, college and/or University levels. In addition, the appointee will be required to develop an extramurally funded, innovative research program in any aspect of livestock animal genomics/genetics. The appointee will be expected to collaborate with colleagues within and outside the Department of Animal Science.  It is desired that the appointee’s research program incorporates the use of genetics, genomics, proteomics, and/or metabolomics on economic traits, diseases resistance/susceptibility, comparative genomics, computational genomics, or experimental and observational quantitative genetics and breeding.

The Department of Animal Science offers A.A.S., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and is comprised of 16 faculty members with research interests in food science, physiology, nutrition, molecular genetics, and general animal management.  The University of Connecticut and the Department of Animal Science are AAALAC accredited. Complete information on the department and its programs can be found at  The Institute for Systems Genomics and the Center for Applied Genetics and Technology on the Storrs campus foster a strong collegial atmosphere in genomics and unparalleled infrastructure support for research and training in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.  The Faculty hiring initiative at the University of Connecticut will increase its current faculty size by more than 250 in the next few years. The UConn Technology Park, Bioscience Connecticut Initiative, and Next Generation Connecticut, recently approved by the state of Connecticut with funding of $1.5 billion will offer exceptional opportunities to establish interdisciplinary collaborations with other investigators and industry partners, particularly in STEM disciplines.  The University has also agreed to work with The Jackson Laboratory to establish a new nonprofit research institute, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, which will provide opportunity for valuable collaborations.


Minimum Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in animal science or related field with research emphasis in genomics/genetics.  Candidates must have demonstrated excellent skills in oral and written communication, and interpersonal relationships.  Equivalent foreign degrees are accepted.

Preferred Qualifications at the Assistant Professor Level:  Candidates with postdoctoral experience in animal genomics/genetics will be given a strong preference. A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications of original research in the field of genomics/genetics as well as experience in teaching or assisting in teaching at the university level are preferred. 

Preferred Qualifications at the Associate Professor Level:  Established expertise in animal genomics/genetics is preferred. Candidates currently holding a faculty or equivalent position with established publication and extra-mural funding records; currently holding extramural funding for genomics/genetics research are preferred. Experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the university level or equivalence and successfully mentoring graduate students is preferred.

Appointment Terms

This is a 9-month, tenure track, research (70%) and teaching (30%) position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will work at the University of Connecticut’s main campus located in Storrs. Anticipated start date is August 23, 2014.  Salary and position rank will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit the following a cover letter, curriculum vita, interests/philosophy of research and teaching (maximum two pages), and at least three letters of recommendation by September 30, 2013. Please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. Only applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be accepted.  For further information on the Animal Genomics/Genetics position, please contact the search committee chair: Dr. Xiuchun (Cindy) Tian, 860-486-9087;

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.  The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Animal Science
3636 Horsebarn Road Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4040

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