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Assistant Professor, Adaptive Animal Genomics

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 21, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Adaptive Animal Genomics

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position:  Assistant Professor, Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Adaptive Animal Genomics in the Department of Animal Sciences.



Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.


The Department of Animal Sciences is inviting applications to a faculty position in the area of adaptive genomics. This position is available through a strategic departmental hiring plan to expand genomic research and education to provide safe, reliable food for a growing world population. Understanding how the genome enables physiological adaptation to environmental changes is critical to improving food animal health, production, and well-being in sustainable and socially acceptable systems. This position encompasses research and teaching in areas including but not limited to (1) genetic adaptations to climate change, or (2) genetic selection for lower greenhouse gas production, or (3) how health and well-being can be maintained through genetically driven adaptations to changes in temperature, immune challenge, and other environmental and management factors. This opportunity builds on our history of diverse research in genetics, nutrition, management, immune and reproductive physiology, and animal systems with application to food production and biomedical research.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, or similar fields, with a research emphasis on mechanistic approaches to understanding how genomes impact the physiological adaptation of production animals to environmental changes. Preferred qualifications include a strong record of publication; experience in teaching, mentoring students, and grant writing; and collaborations with the private sector or internationally recognized programs in adaptive animal genomics.


Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized research program supported by extramural funding, strengthening the preeminence of the Department of Animal Sciences. Teaching responsibilities include instruction of established courses and the development of new courses in the area of animal genomics.


Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2022, or negotiable.


Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience


Appointment Details: This 9/12 tenure-track faculty position is 100% FTE


Location: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a metropolitan area of approximately 232,000 people.


Resources: The Department of Animal Sciences has outstanding facilities with convenient access to laboratory and farm animal research units ( The campus is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs, including the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (, Beckman Institute (, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (, the Center for Digital Agriculture (, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (, and Personalized Nutrition Initiative (


The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and computer science.


Closing Date: For initial consideration, the following materials should be uploaded by March 6, 2022. However, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


Applicants: Please create your candidate profile at and upload, as a single pdf file, a cover letter which explicitly states your interest in being considered for the position in Adaptive Animal Genomics; a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests (including future plans); a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the names and contact information of three references.


Questions can be directed to Dr. Sandra Rodriguez Zas, Chair of the Search Committee (,  (217) 333-8810, or to Dr. Rodney Johnson, Head of the Department, (, (217) 244-1681. Additional information about the department can be found at


University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

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