Wildlife Pathologist

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Wildlife Pathologist-28629

Wildlife Pathologist

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University invites applications for a Senior Research Associate position as a Wildlife Pathologist with the New York State Cooperative Wildlife Health Program. This program is a partnership between the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program involves wildlife disease surveillance and monitoring; policy consultations; training, preparedness and response in the event of disease outbreaks; training of staff, veterinary students, and residents; wildlife health research; and veterinary consultation. The successful candidate will be expected to fully participate in the program as well as maintain a creative research program focused on wildlife health issues. Primary duties will be to develop and implement molecular based testing for diseases of wildlife concern, conduct necropsies and review histopathology for wildlife cases, and assist with teaching and supervision of students and trainees. Other desirable qualities of the successful candidate include experience in conducting research, strong interpersonal skills, effective communication, leadership talent, public-speaking experience, and the ability to work in collaborative research, clinical, and teaching environments. 


This position is a full-time, three-year appointment with opportunity for renewals pending continued funding  and successful annual reviews. The estimated distribution effort for the successful candidate will be 45% clinical service (pathology, diagnostic testing, case coordination), 10% teaching, and 45% research. The caseload consists of New York native wildlife species. The collaborative program handles 2000 cases annually with 200 of those as necropsies performed at Cornell. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative on cases and research initiatives. Other duties will include outreach activities, communications materials, support of NYSDEC field and research projects, and other duties as assigned.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest and seek collaborations within and external to the University. This includes securing extramural funding and producing peer-reviewed publications. 


Salary will be commensurate with academic credentials and experience. 


For more information, please contact Dr. Krysten Schuler, Faculty Search Committee Chair, at ks833@cornell.edu. Prospective candidates should upload their application materials, including a letter of intent including future research interests [max. 3 pages], curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference tohttps://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5685. The search committee will begin considering complete applications on August 10 and will continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant anticipated start date could be as early as Oct/Nov 2015. 

  • DVM degree (or equivalent) and preferably a PhD in a biological or biomedical field;
  • Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologist;
  • Expertise in molecular diagnostic techniques;
  • Significant experience in zoo and wildlife species;
  • Record of scholarly accomplishment.
Cornell University is located in beautiful Ithaca, New York. The University offers an exciting work environment with opportunities for innovative research, outreach, and teaching collaborations with faculty active in international conservation work, sustainability, and field ecology in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Ecology, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Ithaca campus also houses state-of-the-art core facilities such as in vivo imaging and genomics, and the full-service multi-disciplinary Animal Health Diagnostic Center, with additional potential for partnerships with other state and federal agencies and conservation organizations.


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races and nationalities and both genders.  Women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples through its Dual Career Program and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual-career searches



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.


Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.






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