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Assistant Professor Position 128403

Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences Notice of Vacancy WSU Position #128403

TITLE: Assistant/Associate Professor, 9-month, permanent, full-time, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor eligible for tenure at the time of hire

LOCATION: Washington State University—Pullman, Washington

SALARY: Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

START: July 1, 2019; negotiable


Washington State University (WSU) recently launched the Functional Genomics Initiative (FGI) to address the University’s research Grand Challenge themes focused on sustainable resources for food production and sustaining health for people and animals. Through the FGI, WSU is assembling a cohesive cluster of cross-disciplinary investigators to build intellectual capacity in molecular and cellular biology, address societal and ethical issues in biotechnology and establish state-of-the-art research cores in gene editing and animal husbandry. In addition, WSU wishes to hire eight new faculty members and has hired two research core directors to build intellectual capacity in functional genomics. WSU participants in the FGI include the Department of Animal Sciences; the Center for Reproductive Biology; the School of Molecular Biosciences; the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology; the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and the WSU Extension system.

The Department of Animal Sciences seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology to join the FGI group starting July 2019 or earlier. Applicants with expertise in all aspects of stem cell biology are welcome to apply, particularly in uncovering basic mechanisms of adult stem cell renewal and differentiation, pluripotency of embryonic stem cells, stem cell metabolism and metabolomics. The candidate is expected to establish a strong program centered on basic research of stem cell biology with applications to livestock production and/or human health. Demonstrated experience of working with livestock and gene editing will be given priority consideration. The successful candidate must have demonstrated successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff and student community.


Duties will include maintaining a strong, externally funded research program based on a strong individual program but should include collaborative relationships with other FGI members and relevant faculty. The faculty member will be expected to teach and may include responsibility for undergraduate and/or graduate courses on topics central to the Animal Sciences education mission; and participating in service at the department, college and university levels.



  • A earned doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in biosciences or related field by the time of hire/offer, with a strong record of publication and academic accomplishment appropriate for the stage of the candidate
  • Expertise with cellular, epigenetic or genetic regulation of stem cell biology
  • A minimum of 2 years Postdoctoral training or experience as a research faculty member
  • Applicants for an Assistant Professor position must demonstrate the potential to establish and maintain an externally funded research program. Applicants for an Associate Professor position must have established an extramurally funded research program with a record of peer-reviewed publications, record of excellence in both scholarly and educational activities, and national/international recognition.


  • Expertise of stem cell biology in the context of whole animal physiology, growth and development
  • Demonstrated experience in research using livestock as an end point
  • Demonstrated experience with gene editing technologies at the whole animal level
  • Demonstrated experience in graduate education and a commitment to professional education at all levels
  • Extramurally funded research activity complementary to existing department, college and university strengths
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including the desire and ability to work on interdisciplinary teams


The Department of Animal Sciences at WSU offers the only four-year Animal Sciences degree in the state of Washington. Research in Animal Sciences is focused on mission-oriented and fundamental research in the areas of sustainable resources for society and sustaining and improving animal and human health. These research foci include animal behavior and well-being, environmental sustainability, genomics and genetics, muscle biology, nutrition, reproductive biology and physiology. Research is conducted in new state of the art research facilities that facilitate undergraduate and graduate student research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students are the heart of our department, and we are committed to preparing them for success in diverse career paths including veterinary school, agricultural industries or academic positions in the Animal Sciences. Experimental learning and research rely on extensive use of campus animal facilities. Students and faculty work collaboratively with the Washington Center for Muscle Biology, Center for Reproductive Biology, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being, and the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach.

For more information, visit the Department of Animal Sciences homepage


The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 15 academic units and four research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

For more information, visit the CAHNRS homepage


Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

Further information can be found at the WSU homepage


Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides many opportunities to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: Pullman Chamber of Commerce


Screening of applications will begin January, 2019, open until filled. Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, should be submitted electronically via The candidate should provide contact information for 3 individuals who will be contacted electronically to submit a recommendation letter. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For more information, or to express interest, please contact Dr. Kristen Johnson, Professor and Interim Chair Department of Animal Sciences;; 509-335-4131. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see

WSU employs only US citizens and lawfully authorized non-US citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or