Assistant Professor - Microbiome Bioinformatics



Posting Details

Posting Number F0772P Working Title Assistant Professor - Microbiome Bioinformatics Department CAES Animal & Dairy Science About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 05/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 11/30/2020 Job Closing Date 01/29/2021 Open until filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received by December 30, 2020 will be fully considered. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Todd Callaway, Professor and Search Committee Chair, Todd.Callaway@uga.edu. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests. Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

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Position Details

Classification Title Assistant Professor FLSA Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Contract Type Academic (9 mo.) Tenure Status Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline

Position Summary

This appointment will be a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position in the Animal and Dairy Science Department, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Athens Campus. It is a new 70% research / 30% teaching position. The role is expected to develop and provide leadership for an extramurally funded, relevant nationally/internationally recognized animal microbiome program emphasizing, but not limited to, the use of bioinformatics and biostatistics tools to investigate the large data sets typically generated in microbiome research, to improve the precision of animal production. The successful candidate is also expected to recruit/advise graduate students, publish results in peer-reviewed publications and other appropriate forums, and provide service both within the University and outside to professional societies. This position will also strengthen the relationship between Ruminant Nutrition faculty and those faculty in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science who are working in the areas of animal production, nutrition, food safety, breeding and genetics, and animal health. Teaching activities will include the development of two courses, one of which will be in the area of bioinformatics for processing microbial DNA sequence data, and the second in the area of biostatistics applied to animal science. The successful candidate will also be required to develop and/or teach other courses involving bioinformatics and biostatistics as needed by the Department.

This position will investigate the microbiome and its interactions with animal systems aiming to improve animal production, efficiency, health, and welfare. The interdisciplinary position will combine advanced knowledge in bioinformatics to analyze large-scale DNA data, systems biology, and animal husbandry to understand the contribution of microbial communities to the phenotypes of interest. High throughput approaches, such as next-generation sequencing using the rRNA genes and shotgun sequencing can be applied to identify microbial species and assess microbial diversity that exists within one or more animal systems. Once the microbial sequencing data is generated, advanced statistical methods such as multivariate approaches can be used to analyze the interactions between microbiome and host. Additionally, this position has a multispecies component given the interest of understanding the host-microbiome synergy in beef and dairy cattle, swine, broilers and layers, and other livestock. This position will develop one course at the 4000/6000 level focusing on biostatistics applied to animal science and one course at the 8000 level on bioinformatics for processing microbial DNA sequence data. This role will also be submitting grants to both USDA - NIFA and NIH, the two primary sources of external competitive funding for this position.

Additional Requirements

Candidates should hold a PhD in Animal Science or related field with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition or statistics. Postdoctoral experience of at least one year is required. Appointment, Promotion & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty found here: https://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/promotion-tenure/
Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure with Animal and Dairy Science found here: https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/ptucriteria/animal-and-dairy-science-ptu-2019.pdf

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The successful candidate should have a thorough understanding of current knowledge of microbiome research in ruminants, and statistical methods, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. A thorough understanding of the U.S. food animal industry. The successful candidate will have to demonstrate that they can conduct independent and collaborative research and develop a relevant teaching program that supports the curriculum in the department. The ability to publish in scientific publications and the ability to secure extramural funding are expected. The successful final candidate must demonstrate that they can collaborate with ruminant nutrition, animal production, health, and genetics faculty. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the potential for the attainment of research and teaching excellence, and they should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates able and willing to work collaboratively with research, teaching, and extension personnel inside and outside the Animal and Dairy Science Department, and University are preferred.

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Duties/Responsibilities

Duties/Responsibilities

This position will investigate the microbiome and its interactions with animal systems aiming to improve animal production, efficiency, health, and welfare. The interdisciplinary position will combine advanced knowledge in bioinformatics to analyze large-scale DNA data, systems biology, and animal husbandry to understand the contribution of microbial communities to the phenotypes of interest. High throughput approaches, such as next-generation sequencing using the rRNA genes and shotgun sequencing can be applied to identify microbial species and assess microbial diversity that exists within one or more animal systems. Once the microbial sequencing data is generated, advanced statistical methods such as multivariate approaches can be used to analyze the interactions between microbiome and host. Additionally, this position has a multispecies component given the interest of understanding the host-microbiome synergy in beef and dairy cattle, swine, broilers and layers, and other livestock. This position will develop one course at the 4000/6000 level focusing on biostatistics applied to animal science and one course at the 8000 level on bioinformatics for processing microbial DNA sequence data. This role will also be submitting grants to both USDA - NIFA and NIH, the two primary sources of external competitive funding for this position.

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