Microbial Pathogens in Animal Waste

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Microbial Pathogens in Animal Waste
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University of California, Davis
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The University of California Cooperative Extension, a statewide program with local delivery, is seeking a full time Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension (50%) and Assistant in the Agricultural Experiment Station (50%) to eliminate or reduce pathogenic micro-organisms in manure associated with concentrated animal feeding operations found in California’s dairy and poultry industries. The position’s home is in the School of Veterinary Medicine; however, a cross-college appointment is possible and encouraged with the College of Engineering. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the School who work on the health of herds and flocks, food safety, and ecosystems. Collaborations with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering on the Davis campus and with colleagues at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside are encouraged. SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD or equivalent degree in Agricultural, Biological, Civil, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Science to develop on-farm systems to eliminate or reduce microbial pathogens from liquid and solid animal wastes is required. Experience in large-scale concentrated dairy and poultry operations is preferred. A record of acquisition of extramural funding or the potential to do so is required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere are required. Evidence of or potential for leadership and initiative is required. RESPONSIBILITIES: Outreach: Responsibilities include: 1) Work with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty in the Strategic Initiatives and Program Teams associated with ecosystem/environmental health and animal agricultural production biosecurity, 2) work with policy makers, industry representatives and other interested parties to bring a science-based evaluation to discussions about environmental/ecosystem health and biosecurity of animal production, and 3) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus Research: The development of a creative, independent, and productive research program with funding from extramural sources is a fundamental and indispensable requirement of the position, including publication of results in peer-reviewed professional/scientific journals. In order to complement the Department’s existing strengths in microbial genomics and metabolomics, environmental health, and food animal population health, the successful candidate will have an active research program to develop new or apply existing sanitation systems for on-farm reduction and elimination of microbial pathogens found in liquid and solid fractions of animal manure. This individual will provide leadership in directing research projects of professional and graduate students. Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate means is required. APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2012; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses of four professional references to: Dr. Philip Kass, Chair, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, Phone (530) 752-9351; Fax (530) 752-4278, c/o lrpotoski@ucdavis.edu The University of California, Davis and the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.