Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences in Animal Breeding and Genomics

Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences
West Lafayette, IN
Closing date
Dec 6, 2021

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Science, Life Sciences, Ecology, Zoology and Animal Science
Organization Type

The Department of Animal Sciences announces a tenure-track faculty position (academic year) in Animal Breeding and Genomics with emphasis in research (primary) and teaching (secondary). The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized program that elucidates and applies quantitative genetics and genomics methods to improve relevant traits in livestock and/or poultry. Areas of expertise should include, but are not limited to, applied, theoretical, and computational approaches to animal breeding, genomic selection, population genetics, mixed model methodology, and livestock data science. The successful candidate will use quantitative genetic and genomic methods to improve the understanding of biological mechanisms underlying phenotypic variability in livestock productive efficiency, animal product quality, reproductive performance, animal health and well-being, and environmental efficiency, enabling optimal implementation of livestock genetic improvement programs through interaction with the public and private sectors. Graduate student advising and training in quantitative genomics and animal breeding is expected. Furthermore, collaborative research activities that address foundational or emerging issues in the integration of multi-omic datasets and large-scale high-throughput phenotypes for genetic improvement purposes and data analytics of sensor-based technologies is strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to teach an undergraduate course in Animal Breeding and Genetics, and develop a graduate course in the areas of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Population Genetics, or Statistical Genomics. The successful candidate will also mentor undergraduate students through undergraduate research projects, club activities, and career advising.

The Department and College

The Department of Animal Sciences has state of-the-art research infrastructure and classroom space in the new Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences and Land O' Lakes Center for Experiential Learning. Excellent core facilities are available on campus, including genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, and metabolite profiling centers, which are supported by high performance computing capacity. Animal Sciences is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world's leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked seventh in the US in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 285 faculty, 2791 undergraduate students, and 769 graduate students. The College's current strategic plan can be accessed at


Applicants must have a PhD in Quantitative Genetics, Animal Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genomics, Animal Sciences, or related fields. Preferred skills include post-doctoral and teaching experiences.


Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter; 2) detailed curriculum vitae; 3) a one-page statement outlining research programs focus and goals; 4) a one-page statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy; 5) a diversity and inclusion statement (see below); and 6) the names and contact information for three individuals from which we may solicit letters of reference. Purdue University's Department of Animal Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in the separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

All material must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via A background check is required for employment in this position.

Review of applications will begin January 17, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Brian Richert at

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: West Lafayette, IN - 47906

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