Assistant or Associate Professor of Animal Sciences in Microbiome/Antimicrobial Resistance

Position:  Tenure-track position (academic year) within the broad fields of antimicrobial resistance in livestock ecosystems with primary emphasis in research and secondary emphasis in teaching.

The Department of Animal Sciences is seeking a highly qualified individual for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level within the broad fields of antimicrobial resistance in livestock ecosystems. Antimicrobial resistance is a biologically complex global problem that will require a multi-pronged response to reduce levels of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. This is a major challenge in animal production as there is a need for reducing antibiotic use. Therefore, the successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized program to develop innovative strategies to understand, prevent, control or reduce antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic usage in animal agroecosystems. The training and research background of the successful candidate may arise from one of the following various fields of study, including but not limited to, bacterial physiology, bacterial-host interactions, microbial ecology/evolution, genomic/genetic approaches, animal management, epidemiology, or bioinformatics.


Graduate and undergraduate student advising and training is expected. Furthermore, collaborative research activities that address foundational or emerging issues in the integration of multi-omic and large-scale high-throughput phenotypic datasets is strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their areas of expertise. Potential exists for teaching distance courses. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students through undergraduate research projects, club activities, and career advising.


The Department and College:  The Department of Animal Sciences is housed in the Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences. The department provides 90,000 ft2 of state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, extension, and research. Also connected to Creighton Hall is the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Center for Experiential Learning and Purina Pavilion that provides an abattoir, meats and sensory laboratories, and a 7,800 ft2 pavilion. The Department consists of 30 faculty, 28 professional staff, 708 undergraduate students, and 84 graduate students. Animal research and teaching facilities for aquaculture, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, and swine are located 11 miles from campus.


The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked eighth in the world in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 302 faculty, 2,823 undergraduate students, and 689 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at

Various resources are available on the Purdue University campus, including Purdue’s Cultural and Resource Centers (, the Bindley Bioscience Center (, including The Bindley Core for Genomics (, the Purdue Bioinformatics Core (, the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (, and the Integrative Data Science Initiative (, among others. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University is close to natural parks and hiking trails.


Rank and Salary:  Assistant or Associate Professor, Academic Year (9-month) appointment. Opportunities for summer salary exist. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.


Qualifications:  Applicants must have a PhD in a field related to Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Animal Sciences, Animal Genomics, Veterinary Medicine, or other related fields.


Applications:  Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter; 2) detailed curriculum vitae; 3) a statement outlining research programs focus and goals (maximum of two pages); 4) a one-page statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 5) a diversity and inclusion statement (see below); and 6) the names and contact information for three individuals from which we may solicit letters of reference.


All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site:


Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution –


Purdue University, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Animal Sciences are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.


A background check is required for employment in this position.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact chair of the search committee, Dr. Kola Ajuwon ([email protected]).


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