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Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Postdoctoral Position Opening

The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Pathobiology and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory seek a highly qualified and self-motivated individual to conduct research at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in the molecular R&D (research and development) lab. The individual will have an opportunity to work on the development of targeted next-generation sequencing panels to detect infectious diseases, including foodborne pathogens, as well as vector-borne pathogens and other infectious diseases of dogs and cats. This individual will also be responsible for sequencing panels, along with previously developed bovine/small-ruminant and horse infectious disease panels running in the lab for diagnostics, according to quality standards required by our AAVLD accredited laboratory.

The candidate should have a PhD in molecular biology or a related field. A DVM or equivalent degree is also desired. Experience with PCR assay development is required. The position also requires the ability to lead projects, and work cooperatively with team members. Ideal candidates will have excellent organizational, time management, and multitasking skills. Other duties may include supervision of other laboratory members, and participation in the writing of grants, manuscripts, and presentation of findings at national/international meetings. This is a two-year (1+1) position. Second-year renewal is dependent on performance and subject to the availability of funds.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To be considered further, each application must include:

  1. curriculum vitae and cover letter
  2. a summary of past research and future research plans
  3. a statement on experience with PCR Assay Development
  4. a statement on professional contributions to the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion
  5. the names and contact information of 3 professional references. 
Review of applications began on Saturday, June 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  Start date will be negotiable.  A background check is required for employment in this position.  Applicants applying or requesting more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Rebecca P. Wilkes, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor and Section Head for Molecular Diagnostics at

Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion.  The College and the department value, nurture and respect all members of its community, and ensure an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff are inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.