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


Emerging Diseases of Livestock and Poultry


Assistant or Associate Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

Infectious Diseases


The Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP), Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to study the mechanisms of host and pathogen interactions of emerging infectious viral diseases of food-animals.  Highly qualified senior applicants with significant extramural funding also will be considered. This faculty appointment is in the FAHRP with tenure-track in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally-funded, nationally-recognized research and outreach/Extension program focused on the effective control, treatment, detection and prevention of emerging viral pathogens important to livestock, poultry, and/or food security. 

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 Food and Environmental Safety, Zoonoses, and Enteric and Respiratory Diseases of food producing animals. The program has a modern office/laboratory building and animal facilities including a state-of-the-art BSL-3-Ag facility suitable for the study of infectious diseases and foodborne pathogens in food animals. The animal facilities also include a laboratory for the procurement and maintenance of germ-free animals. OARDC maintains herds and flocks of major food-producing animals for experimental studies. Excellent opportunities are available for collaboration with food, veterinary, medical, 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, and Medicine and Public Health. 


Applicants must have the minimum of a PhD or equivalent degree and relevant postdoctoral training; 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.  Applicants must have an interest in:

  1. programmatic synergy with members of the Ohio State faculty on both Wooster and Columbus campuses
  2. collaborative research in the FAHRP and broader Ohio State community, leading to programmatic initiatives.

Applicants should also have a strong commitment to graduate education and mentoring of postdoctoral associates.


Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted via email as a single PDF document 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. Address all correspondence to Dr. Cathie Smith, Senior Program Manager, Discovery Themes (email:


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.