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Assistant/Associate Professor - Poultry Microbiologist
Auburn University

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2022
Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Poultry Microbiologist
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Poultry Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
    Associate Professor
  • Poultry Science

Position Summary Information
Job Description Summary
The Auburn University ( College of Agriculture’s Department of Poultry Science is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor – Poultry Microbiologist. The position is a nine (9)-month, tenure track position. The successful candidate will have a 75% research and 25% instruction appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2023.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally (government and industry) funded research program in the area of poultry microbiology. This position will allow for the determination of basic research as it relates to pathogens associated with fresh and further-processed poultry products such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and/or Listeria. The candidate should have the ability to apply modern molecular methods in detection, characterization, and identification of pathogens in food safety research such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and relevant bioinformatics. The candidate will be expected to actively seek extramural funding for their program and collaborate with other scientists within, but not limited to the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and/or Science and Mathematics as well as poultry industry leaders on food safety research. The ideal candidate will complement existing programs in nutrition, gastrointestinal development and health, growth biology, applied meat science, sensory science, and applied food safety.

The candidate is also expected to actively engage in scholarly activity related to instruction, including, but not limited to teaching courses, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, and mentoring undergraduate students. The incumbent will develop an undergraduate-level foundation poultry science course and two graduate-level courses in food safety/microbiology. The candidate’s teaching responsibilities and/or appointment may change in accordance with the candidate’s expertise and needs of the department. Development of a strong graduate student training program is expected. The candidate will participate in graduate (and undergraduate) education by mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing the research results with their students in reputable, peer-reviewed journals.

As a land-grant institution, all Auburn University faculty are expected to be supportive of and contribute to all three land-grant mission areas – Research, Teaching, and Extension – regardless of the assignment split specified in the position announcement.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Microbiology/Molecular Biology, Poultry/Animal Science with an emphasis on microbiology/molecular biology, or closely related field at the time employment begins; 2) microbiology research experience and demonstrable ability to independently develop, conduct, and publish research in this area commensurate with the candidate’s experience; 3) possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to interact with diverse audiences, deliver educational materials, and mentor graduate students; 4) excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with other faculty, students, and industry professionals; 5) demonstrated or potential ability to secure extramural research and/or teaching funding commensurate with the candidate’s experience. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desired Qualifications
Postdoctoral, teaching, and/or commercial poultry industry experience are desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link: and attach the following:
1. Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s experience pertinent to the position responsibilities
2. Current curriculum vita
3. Copies of all academic transcripts
4. Statement of research philosophy and plan
5. Statement of undergraduate and graduate teaching philosophy
6. Diversity statement on your efforts or thoughts on how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion

When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only completed application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business November 15, 2022. The search may continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Dianna Bourassa, Search Committee Chair, Email:

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