College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Food Animal Health Research Program


Emerging and Zoonotic Viruses


Assistant or Associate Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

Infectious Diseases


The Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP), Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to study the fundamental mechanisms of immunity to and host-virus interactions of human disease associated emerging zoonotic viral pathogens leading to development of effective detection, treatment, control, and prevention measures.  This faculty appointment is in the FAHRP with tenure-track in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State. Candidates whose research focuses on using agricultural animal models for human viral diseases to understand the virus-host interaction are especially encouraged to apply.

The position is one of four cluster hires as part of a substantial university investment to significantly enhance cutting-edge research on emerging infectious disease detection, treatment and prevention ( These new investments build upon existing strengths and a culture of academic collaboration to foster cross-disciplinary research with sustained global impact. 

Located 90 miles northeast of Columbus on the OARDC Wooster campus, FAHRP maintains an internationally recognized research program in the areas of Enteric and Respiratory Diseases of food producing animals as well as Food and Environmental Safety and Zoonoses. The Program has a modern office-laboratory building and animal facilities including BSL3Ag facility suitable for the study of infectious diseases and foodborne pathogens. This also includes a laboratory for the procurement and maintenance of germ-free animals, multiple BSL2 containment facilities, and a laboratory animal facility. The Research Center maintains herds and flocks of major food-producing animals for experimental studies. Excellent opportunities are available for collaboration with food, veterinary, medical, public health, and animal and plant scientists on the Wooster and Columbus campuses and with colleagues within the Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease Discovery Theme initiative and the university wide Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease Program. Ohio State is a comprehensive research university with Colleges of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Public Health.


Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent degree and postdoctoral training experience; those that also have a DVM or equivalent degree in addition to a PhD and/or a demonstrated record of research excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.  The candidate is expected to have or to develop an independent and nationally-recognized research program with extramural funding, and become actively involved in collaborative research in FAHRP and the broader Ohio State community leading to programmatic initiatives. The candidate should have a strong commitment to graduate education. Applicants are also expected to engage in outreach/Extension activities.


Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted via email as a single PDF including a CV, summary of research program and future directions, and the names and contact information of at least four referees. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and negotiable. Review of applications will begin May 31, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Application should be sent to Cathie Smith ( and with a copy sent to Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara, search committee chair (


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.