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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 624680
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Veterinary/Animal Care, Non-Union

Position Summary

The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, clinicians, immunologists, geneticists and industry partners to investigate the epidemiology and control of BLV in dairy cattle. Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to: (1) Design and conduct experiments independently; (2) Develop models to investigate the impact of BLV status on reproductive performance and other production parameters in dairy cattle. (3) develop methodology for applying a current qPCR for high throughput analysis of blood and other body fluids to detect BLV provirus; (4) Clearly document results and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts. The candidate will also be expected to publish and present work at conferences, teach at workshops and help supervise students.

The initial appointment will be 12 months, with renewal for one or more years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are identified.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

The postdoctoral research associate must have Degree in veterinary medicine (or equivalent) and a Ph.D. degree (or be in the final stages of earning a degree) in a relevant quantitative discipline (epidemiology, ecology, statistics, or related field) and good communication skills. Proficiency in modeling hierarchical ad longitudinal data using SAS, Stata or R is required. Applicants must have the ability to work independently and in collaboration.

Desired Qualifications

Strong quantitative statistics and epidemiological skills are highly recommended, and an interest in understanding the transmission and control of BLV is encouraged.

Applicants interested in bovine leukemia virus epidemiology and control and have experience in molecular methods to detect BLV as well as analysis of longitudinal and hierarchical data will be highly considered.


Required Application Materials

Must apply through MSU Online application site. Interested candidates must submit a CV, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested candidates with questions about the position or requesting more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Bo Norby, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. E-mail:


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Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.

Drive a university vehicle, which requires a commercial driver’s license


MSU Statement

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