A new strategic university-wide emphasis on Global Systems Science, and university-wide investment into Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer (AGREETT) program (http://www.cfans.umn.edu/agreett ), has prompted the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) into hiring a cluster of at least six faculty members in the broad area of infectious disease across its three Departments. The Veterinary Population Medicine Department (VPM) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in pathogen surveillance and discovery, with emphasis on zoonotic/emerging infectious diseases. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant, associate or professor positions. The final rank and terms of appointment will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate consistent with collegiate and University policies.
Production-limiting diseases, whether they occur as ongoing endemic disease conditions or as newly introduced diseases that create devastating pandemics, can lead to significant economic hardship for both producers and consumers. The world population is expected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050, with an associated dramatic increase in consumption of animal protein. Early detection and control of persistent, emerging, and re-emerging animal pathogens in aquatic and terrestrial systems is vital to address this growing demand. The CVM and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) have been national leaders in utilizing molecular diagnostics and ultrastructural pathology to identify, characterize, survey, and control new pathogens. A pathogen discovery specialist is needed to utilize emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and the various “–omics,” including genomics and metabolomics, to allow enhanced pathogen diagnostics in domesticated animals, wildlife, and food products. Incorporation of these new technologies could revolutionize diagnostic testing, disease surveillance, and control, fostering the development and use of farm-side and field testing for infectious diseases. Any adoption of field-based testing will require integration with diagnostic centers to ensure that equipment and results are validated regularly and data warehousing and interpretation is available and informative.
Responsibilities: A primary responsibility of the position will be to establish and maintain a high-quality extramurally funded research program. There will also be opportunities to co-teach in professional (DVM) and graduate (MS, MPH, PhD) courses. It will be essential for the pathogen surveillance and discovery faculty member to interact with the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory on a day to day basis. The MNVDL is a frontline defense for the emergence and detection of pathogens.
The VPM department has an internationally recognized infectious diseases program, with active research projects involving use of animal models of infectious diseases, vaccine development, and investigation of microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions and impact of microbiome/metagenomics in diseases. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with the potential to develop an internationally recognized research program that complements the existing expertise within infectious diseases programs and links to the VDL at the CVM. The position is expected to contribute substantively to global systems sciences, using integrated systems-level approaches to understand and manage the emergence of infectious diseases and elucidate the relevance of relationships between microbial organisms, their animal and human hosts, and the environment.
For more information about the College and Department and the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic lab please visit http://www.vetmed.umn.edu/departments/veterinary-and-biomedical-sciences/cluster-faculty-hires