Assistant/Associate Professor of Precision Mammalian Gene Editing
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M University
POSITION: The Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time Assistant/Associate Professor with an emphasis in mammalian gene editing. This is a 9-month, tenured or tenure-track position with research (65%), teaching (25%), and service (10%) responsibilities with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and lead an independent, extramurally-funded, internationally-recognized research program in the field of mammalian genomics and gene editing that will contribute to advances in human and animal health, as well as improvements in production traits, and resistance to diseases and parasites in livestock. The successful candidate will enhance a multidisciplinary faculty to lead the nation into this transformational era of livestock production. The strategic hiring of a specialist in mammalian gene editing will complement and extend current research initiatives and strengthen an already strong faculty in the Department of Animal Science. This position will meet a critical need for the Department of Animal Science regarding five Areas of Excellence: 1) Cattle Adapted to Tropical and Subtropical Environments; 2) Pregnancy and Developmental Programming; 3) Quantifiable Animal Performance; 4) Student and Stakeholder Engagement; and 5) Safety, Quality, and Nutrition of Food Products. Emphasis will be placed on developing and implementing technologies for genome editing in ruminant species (both large and small) to ensure that Texas A&M University maintains its global leadership in solutions for improvement of ruminant production systems through significant contributions that leverage the Department’s Reproduction and Biotechnology Center approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and in the design phase of construction. The successful candidate will develop a teaching program that may include a graduate course in gene editing and contributions to undergraduate education. Investigators who utilize domestic livestock species and/or laboratory animals as research models for mammalian health and animal production are encouraged to apply.
RESOURCES: Texas A&M University is a public, land-grant institution with many high-quality academic units conducting research with small and large animal models. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary, startup package and laboratory space with shared equipment, and access to animal facilities and core laboratories operated by the Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with a broad range of Texas A&M University System researchers who participate in several interdisciplinary programs, including the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, Texas A&M Institute of Neuroscience, Texas A&M Institute of Genome Sciences and Society, Global One Health Initiative, and individuals within the Department of Animal Science, the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Medicine. Additionally, Texas A&M University has a growing genome editing research community, including the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine and Crop Genome Editing Laboratory.