The Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky invites applications for the Warren Wright, St – Lucille Wright Markey Endowed Chair in Equine Infectious Diseases at the associate/professorship level. The focus of this endowed chair position is the advancement of knowledge and understanding of equine infectious diseases emphasizing the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, pathology, or immunology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to investigate infectious disease(s) of relevance to the equine industry. The research program will represent approximately 85% of the distribution of effort of the appointee and can be focused on basic, translational (e.g. diagnostic, therapeutic) or applied (e.g. epidemiology, and formulation of prevention and control programs) research questions. The service component of this positon involves working with various equine stakeholders by providing expertise in equine infectious disease.
Additional service-related activities will include contributing to extension and outreach programs, and service on academic/administrative committees. Additional expectations include participation in teaching undergraduate or graduate level courses consistent with the candidate’s background, and to mentor graduate students and/or undergraduate students or postdoctoral scholars. The candidate will be encouraged to establish intradepartmental research collaborations with faculty members in the Department of Veterinary Science, as well as interdepartmental research collaborations with faculty in other colleges and departments at the university. Overall, the successful candidate is expected to complement existing equine research programs and bring novel research directions and expertise in the area of equine infectious diseases to the department and enhance the national and international recognition of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The candidate will be expected to present at national and international scientific meetings, publish research findings in peer-refereed scientific journals, as well as write lay articles for equine industry media sources.
The Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center is located on the University of Kentucky Lexington Campus in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The mission of the Gluck Equine Research Center is scientific discovery, education, and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and welfare of horses. The Gluck Equine Research Center affords a stimulating environment emphasizing the application of basic and applied research methodologies to the health and reproductive needs of the horse. An internationally recognized group of faculty with expertise spanning a wide range of scientific fields pertinent to the health and welfare of the horse, actively supported by equine veterinarians, the horse industry, and the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, provide an environment that is unique for conducting equine research. Additional departmental units include the Genetic Testing at Gluck Laboratory and the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory which provide additional opportunities for research endeavors. Additional information on departmental faculty and resources is available at http://www.ca.uky.edu/gluck/index.htm. Departmental faculty also participate in the University of Kentucky’s Equine Programs, a partnership between the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment and the horse industry established through the efforts of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and College faculty and administrators. Additional information on the Equine Initiative is available at http://www.ca.uky.edu/equine/.
Interested applicants should include the following along with nomination form:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Letter of Intent that includes statement of research interests and experimental plan (upload under Cover Letter)
- Names and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters from your contacts within the employment system.
Questions may be directed to the search committee chair: Dr. Scott Stanley (Scott.Stanley2@uky.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019.