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Faculty Position in Infectious Diseases/Veterinary Epidemiology - Director of Biosecurity

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 31, 2023

Faculty Position in Infectious Diseases/Veterinary Epidemiology - Director of Biosecurity (Clinician-Educator)

Location: Kennett Square, PA
Open Date: May 30, 2023

The Department of Clinical Studies - New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a faculty position at the assistant, associate, or full professor level in the area of biosecurity and infectious diseases / veterinary epidemiology. The position will be in the Standing Faculty in the Clinician-Educator (CE) track, (Academic Track Table) which supports faculty members whose responsibilities include the traditional triad of research, clinical service, and teaching. A typical division of effort for faculty in the CE track at New Bolton Center is 70% time on clinics, including clinical service and clinical teaching, and 30% time off clinics for academic efforts including independent or collaborative research. Didactic and laboratory teaching and administrative or other service duties are included in both on and off-clinic time. While this is a typical division, the successful candidate will be appropriately apportioned to these academic areas depending upon their strengths. PLEASE NOTE: we are filling a single position with this search but are also accepting applications in our Academic Clinician track, which focuses on clinical service and teaching and has no research requirement. Please see position number: ***** for further details on the position as Academic Clinician.

The successful candidate will serve as the Director of Biosecurity at the New Bolton Center campus. Responsibilities include managing existing biosecurity and infectious disease control programs for the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals and the New Bolton Center campus, including ongoing program evaluation and optimization. The successful candidate will develop protocols aimed at the prevention of nosocomial spread of disease and reduction of zoonotic disease risk for hospital personnel. The ability to develop and implement new programs and/or modify existing ones in the face of a changing threat environment is expected. Teaching and outreach efforts include development of a teaching curriculum in biosecurity for students, residents, and CE audiences, communication with stakeholders, and development of educational materials for animal owners. The successful candidate will be expected to perform investigative studies in the areas of biosecurity, infectious diseases, epidemiology or related fields and to publish their research findings and other scholarly material.

The New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals enjoys one of the highest caseloads among peer institutions, admitting over 7000 patients in 2022. The Department of Clinical Studies - New Bolton Center employs over 40 diplomates of multiple American and European specialty colleges who are in direct support of the program, including 10 double-boarded individuals. The 24 Clinician-Educators and 9 Tenure-track faculty perform the majority of the Department's research, along with graduate students enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania's Biomedical Graduate Studies program through funding by New Bolton Center's Penn Veterinary Scientist Training program, in addition to post-doctoral trainees, fellows and visiting scholars.

New Bolton Center is located on 700 rolling acres in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania. The campus is only 35 miles from Philadelphia, combining the advantages of a rural setting with those of a nearby major metropolitan center. The successful candidate has the potential to access the clinical, teaching and research units on the campus, including the Veterinary School's 200-cow Marshak Dairy and the 250-sow Penn Swine Teaching & Research Center as well as the facilities and expertise of the internationally renowned New Bolton Center Hospital for Large Animals. Opportunities exist throughout the campus, School and University for interaction and collaboration with other departments and initiatives, including the Center for Stewardship Agriculture and Food Security, Pathobiology, Wildlife Futures and core laboratories working on microbial genomics, stem cell biology, orthopedic disease, and germ cell biology on the Penn Vet New Bolton Center Campus, and numerous departments and centers at the University of Philadelphia in Philadelphia's lively University District. The three other departments of Penn Vet are located at the center of this highly interactive biomedical research environment, in close proximity to the Perelman School of Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Dental Medicine, The Wistar Institute, and a vast array of core facilities. Opportunities for interaction are offered by the Biomedical Graduate Studies group, the Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Disease, Penn Research Center for Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens, Penn Department of Microbiology, Penn Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR), Penn Institute for RNA Innovation (Ribonucleic acid) Penn Center of Innovation, and many others. This rich research community provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration to apply cutting-edge research to the study of large animal biosecurity and epidemiology.

Required qualifications are a VMD or equivalent degree, evidence of work with and expertise in infectious diseases, and excellent interpersonal, teaching, and communication skills. An advanced research degree is preferred but not required. The successful CE candidate will have experience conducting independent or collaborative research in epidemiology, infectious diseases, or disease surveillance. A strong history of interdisciplinary research is desirable. The candidate should have experience with and expertise in the development of biosecurity programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a track record of excellence in the management of infectious disease and the development of biosecurity protocols. A history of successful interactions with stakeholders (veterinarians, producers, government) and experience with outbreak management and epidemiological traceback/trace forward is highly desirable. Experience with regulatory and public health bodies at federal, national, state, and local levels is also highly desirable. The ideal candidate would also have a record of excellence in didactic and clinical teaching in the subjects of biosecurity, infection control, and/or epidemiology.

Application Instructions
The deadline for application is July 1, 2023, or until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston, Search Committee Chair, by email at

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