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FGI Biotechnology and Genomics Extension and Teaching
Washington State University

Date Posted Apr. 13, 2022
Title FGI Biotechnology and Genomics Extension and Teaching
University Washington State University
Pullman, WA, United States
Department Animal Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Animal Genomics
    Agricultural Extension

FGI Biotechnology and Genomics Extension and Teaching

270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:
FGI Biotechnology and Genomics Extension and Teaching

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Employee Type:

Job Family:
Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

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 diverse, cross-disciplinary investigators to build intellectual capacity in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, genomics and biotechnology, address societal and ethical issues in biotechnology and establish state-of-the-art research cores in gene editing and animal husbandry. To date, WSU has hired six new faculty members and two research core directors to build intellectual capacity in functional genomics. WSU participants in the FGI include the Department of Animal Sciences (AS); 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/Associate Professor in Animal Biotechnology and Genomics Extension (60%) and Teaching (40%) starting July 1, 2022 or earlier. Applicants with expertise in genomics, biotechnology, livestock/fish production, and Extension are encouraged to apply. The priorities of the Department and the FGI are to conduct cutting-edge research that results in resilience and sustainable animal/fish agricultural systems, economic strength, and health and nutrition. The candidate is expected to establish a strong Extension program centered on genomics and biotechnological innovations to animal/fish production. This position will also serve a critical need for the Department of Animal Sciences and the FGI at WSU in the development of a dynamic graduate and undergraduate teaching program focused on the use of genomics and biotechnology in animal/fish agriculture. This person will be a dynamic individual who excels at building relationships with all stakeholders to identify and address industry needs. The person in this position must appreciate the animal agricultural industry and the role of biotechnology (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9) in animal production. Collaborative team opportunities include creation and utilization of novel methods including genome edited livestock and fish models, animal genomics/genetics, livestock health, reproductive biology, environmental management across species and disciplines with the goal of improved animal productivity, efficiency, and sustainability

The faculty member will demonstrate potential to develop a unique and impactful Extension (which includes applied research, scholarship, and outreach/engagement) and teaching program. They will be expected to collaborate with other scientists in AS, FGI and the University, leaders in the livestock, aquaculture and biotechnology industries and outreach workshops in various areas of biotechnology/genomics. WSU has a strong network of Extension professionals who are committed to Washington agriculture and this person will have excellent county and regional level collaborators. A central focus of the position is to translate fundamental genomics research to animal agriculture producers and trade associations and enhance synergy of statewide programs through research and technology transfer/outreach collaborations with other faculty at affiliated agencies and institutions. This person will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.

A person with a 40% academic appointment will make significant contributions in the teaching of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. In this position a person will teach a large enrollment undergraduate course in biotechnology/genetics and applications of genetic technology in livestock and fish open to all students in the university at least once per year (WSU UCORE); teach a graduate course for AS and other graduate students in the person's area of expertise; teach other graduate level courses in AS including Seminar in Animal Science and Professional Writing; contribute in courses such as Introductory Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Beef Cattle Production, Dairy Cattle Production, and others as appropriate; contribute to the veterinary curriculum for professional students. Additionally, it is expected this person will work with individual undergraduate students on independent studies in Extension and research and train MS and PhD students.

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in animal/dairy/fisheries or poultry science or closely related field and have relevant experience in Extension or industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of genomics and available and emerging biotechnological advances.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with gene editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9, TALEN, ZFN).
  • The ability to effectively communicate this information to non-science and lay audiences as well as to graduate, professional and undergraduate students in oral and written form.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of animal/fisheries sciences. Appreciation of animal agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
  • Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating the results of research.
  • Potential for obtaining extramural funding, including grants and industry support.
  • Evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate and/or professional level.
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of a land-grant university.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
  • A commitment to the creation and maintenance of a climate that supports students, faculty, staff and stakeholders of all identities and backgrounds.
  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology and Social Media as a program delivery tool.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the position (state-wide).
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding; experience in multi-institutional and/or trans-disciplinary research.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, graduate students and professional students).
  • Experience in leading research and Extension teams.
  • Demonstrated ability in the supervision of scientific support staff and graduate students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
  • Demonstrated experience working with historically underrepresented groups (or minoritized groups).

Additional Preferred experience includes:
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the Spanish language.
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills.

Additional Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.


College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department Name:

Animal Sciences

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link:

Monthly Salary:

Commensurate upon qualifications and experience



Tenure/Non-Tenure Track:

Tenure Track

Position Type:


Screening Begin Date:

This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin April 11, 2022.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Cover Letter with statements for extension aspirations and applied research, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Statement of the applicant's training, experiences, and qualifications including both your teaching and Extension philosophy, 4) Discussion of your experiences working with or mentoring members of underrepresented groups and your ideas on incorporating principles of diversity and inclusion in your Extension programming, applied principles, and teaching, and 5) Three letters of recommendation from professional references with contact information including email address and phone number.

Required Documents:

1) Cover Letter

2 ) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3) Teaching Statement

4) Diversity Statement

5) Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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

WSU 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

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