Tenure-Track Faculty Position and Director of Quality Milk Production Services

Job Location: 

Ithaca, NY

Closing date: 

Sunday, January 1, 2023 - 23:45

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty position to serve as the Director of Quality Milk Production Services.

Individuals having DVM and/or PhD degrees, or equivalent, and demonstrated research capacity and performance in a dairy population medicine and udder health area are encouraged to apply. Knowledge and experience in extension and application of dairy production systems are expected.

Other desirable qualities of the successful candidate include strong leadership and interpersonal skills, public speaking experience, and the ability to work in collaborative research, clinical, and teaching environments.

Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) in the Animal Health Diagnostic Center and New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is a leading service and research unit of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, serving dairy farmers, the dairy industry, and dairy veterinarians in New York State, the nation, and beyond. The focus of QMPS’s research, service, and teaching is on udder health and related herd health, cow welfare, and milk quality. QMPS operates three regional laboratories in NYS, in addition to its central services on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, maintaining a constant presence on dairy farms across the state and beyond to offer comprehensive evaluation of dairy farm operations with regard to optimal and safe production of high-quality milk. Sustained NYS funding and constant revenue generated from fees for diagnostic testing and dairy farm surveys and consults, with an operating budget exceeding $3,000,000 and more than 25 staff and faculty, provides a strong background to launch externally funded cutting edge research projects and programs to further udder health and dairy cow welfare, dairy production, and productivity. New York state is home to 630,000 dairy cows on 3,500 farms producing more than 15,000,000,000 pounds of milk annually.

The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Establishment of an independent, extramurally funded research program is expected in addition to collaborative research efforts. Relevant areas of strength within the department include infectious diseases, diagnostic sciences, epidemiology, production medicine, and genetics. Research, service, and teaching interactions with the Ambulatory and Production Medicine group will be welcome. Excellent opportunities exist for investigative collaborations within the College of Veterinary Medicine and with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Didactic teaching of dairy-related material in veterinary core courses and relevant elective courses is also expected along with graduate education through mentoring. Distribution of effort will be determined in accordance with administrative and service needs, academic priorities, and the candidate’s expertise and academic goals in udder health, cow welfare, and dairy medicine, production, and productivity.

The individual will be a key participant providing academic leadership to the College’s mission in dairy health, production medicine, and veterinary public health. This may include developing, maintaining, and teaching in special training programs, public advocacy for the profession and College, and curricular oversight as the College recruits and trains veterinarians for future roles in food-supply veterinary medicine.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Overton, Faculty Search Committee Chair, at tro2@cornell.edu. Prospective candidates should upload their application materials [cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements (max. 1 page, each) of research interests, service interests, administrative vision, teaching philosophy, and contribution to diversity and inclusion] to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23205 together with the email addresses of 3 referees who will be invited to upload their letters at a later time. The search committee will begin considering complete applications on December 1, 2022, or until the position is filled.


What is a Statement of Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion? This statement invites applicants to describe their past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation can focus on teaching, research or service, or all three factors.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. The University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career program to assist with dual career searches.

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is recognized internationally as a leader in animal medicine, veterinary medical education, public health, and biomedical research. It has been consistently ranked as a top veterinary college in the nation by US News & World Report since 2000.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.