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Academic Administrator - R & D

Application Window

Open date: December 17th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Associate Director of Research and Test Development
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory

The Academic Administrator, in the role of Associate Director of Research and Test Development at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, oversees a team of scientists, contributes expertise to expand the VGL’s testing portfolio, ensures the VGL is offering state of the art genetic testing services across species while meeting the unit’s mission and goals, and maintains the VGL’s international reputation as experts in DNA testing. The position oversees a complex unit with a substantial amount of independence, and duties involve working closely or jointly with faculty and staff.
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) is a self-supporting unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine that performs DNA testing services, research, education and outreach for animal breed organizations, individual clients, and clinicians that advances animal breeding and health. The VGL works collaboratively with other academic departments at the School of Veterinary Medicine, across campus, and globally.

Major Responsibilities
Responsible to the Director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), the role of this Associate Director position is to administer the unit’s research and test development (R&D) programs to enable the unit to successfully meet its mission and goals.

The Academic Administrator will serve as the Associate Director of R&D at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. The appointee will be responsible for the administrative management of the research and test development programs for the unit.
• Responsible for direct oversight and management of the VGL R&D section. Manage a team of scientists that enables the VGL to remain a leader in animal genetic testing while also expanding our capability to provide tools for genomic selection across species.
• Direct, supervise, and coordinate the activities of a team of scientists working to evaluate novel technologies for testing platforms, integrating new tests into existing platforms, and improving the accuracy and efficiency of tests being offered.
• Develop and evaluate annual goals on tests released, timelines, and project plans including implementation of novel tests and testing methodologies. Updates and evaluations of goals and plans should be reported to the Director annually or as requested.
• Collaborate with other members of the VGL Executive committee and/or external researchers to identify, develop, and integrate additional tests to expand the VGL portfolio and ensure rapid release of these novel tests.
• Independently identify novel and emerging technologies that enable the most efficient testing at the VGL. Design, lead, and coordinate studies that allow for timely and efficient evaluation and implementation of these methodologies for commercialization purposes.
• Work closely with the VGL Associate Director of Service and Quality Manager to identify and improve those tests already in-service needing adjustments that will allow for greater efficiency and/or accuracy in testing.
• In consultation with the Director, provide intellectual leadership for the development and completion of proposals and research studies in population genetic/genomics involving species routinely tested at the VGL, or for major contract clients or breed organizations requesting contracted research services. These projects should lead to additional genomic selection tests/tools that are highly marketable and will contribute to the mission of the VGL.

The Administrator must demonstrate continued professional growth as it relates to the mission of the VGL. The candidate will provide intellectual leadership and scholarship in the areas of population genetics and genomics and is responsible for promoting the unit’s activities on and off campus.
• Participate in appropriate professional societies that help the VGL reach its mission of remaining internationally recognized in DNA diagnostic testing. The administrator should represent the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at scientific meetings.
• Review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to areas of expertise.
• Give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups, or at seminars, meetings or educational functions that relate to animal genetics and genomics.
• Develop collaborations with faculty on and off campus to advance R&D at the VGL. This position is not expected to be primary PI on independent research proposals or to develop an independent research program.

The candidate will participate in the administration of VGL R&D through appropriate roles in governance and policy of the laboratory
• Represent the VGL or the University in public and private sectors. Participate in outreach activities that contribute to the educational and marketing mission of the VGL.
• Serve as a liaison with breed organizations and external researchers on issues related to areas of expertise.
• Provide genetic expertise to the VGL staff and clients in the review of cases that represent parentage exclusions and unusual or novel diagnostic test results
• Provide other VGL, University, and public service as needed to meet the mission of the VGL.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. in Animal Genetics or Genomics or related field
• Documented research experience related specifically to genomic selection in one or more species.
• Demonstrated skill in cutting edge collaborative interdisciplinary genetics/genomics research that has led to genetic tests
• Documented experience with commercialization of genetic tests
• Documented success in timely completion of research projects.
• Ability to collect, analyze and interpret genetic data and to communicate findings.
• Experience effectively managing a team of scientists.
• Evidence of collegiality and professional service consistent with unit and college expectations.

Preferred qualifications

• Postdoctoral research experience using genomic tools to investigate traits of economic significance across multiple species.
• Previous experience contributing to and or leading an R&D section of a genetic testing or other biotechnology laboratory.
• Evidence of animal industry connections
• Skill in presenting research findings at professional conferences and meetings.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experience and career goals.

  • Statement of Research - Up to two page statement, describe research as it would apply to a genetic testing laboratory.

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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