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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 122953
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post Doc Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The successful individual will be appointed in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Postdoctoral Associate will work under Dr. Tom E. Porter’s supervision. Our long-term goal is to define novel genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating growth and body composition in chickens. The postdoctoral associate will work on two projects funded by competitive federal grants. The first project is to define the mechanisms regulating the chicken’s production of its own growth hormone and the effects of its own growth hormone on meat production and feed efficiency in broiler chickens. Our specific objectives are to (1) characterize effects of premature growth hormone production resulting from corticosterone (CORT) injection into the incubating eggs on the growth performance of broiler chickens, (2) determine the effect of CORT injection on metabolic indicators, hormone levels, and gene expression in broiler chickens, and (3) identify key mechanisms within the growth hormone system of chickens. The second project is to perform a comprehensive physiological analysis of the effects of heat stress, with and without prior thermal conditioning, across multiple tissues that are likely to play a role in the bird’s metabolic and stress responses to heat stress. Our specific objectives are to (1) define the minimal duration of thermal conditioning required for reducing heat stress and morbidity, (2) characterize mechanisms involved in alleviation of heat stress by thermal conditioning, and (3) evaluate effects of thermal conditioning on performance under production conditions. Additional information is available at

The individual will be expected to independently conduct whole animal and cellular and molecular studies, coordinate sample collection and analysis, conduct data and sample analyses (bird performance, gene expression levels, hormone and metabolite assays, and intracellular signaling assays), perform statistical analysis of data, and prepare results for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in scientific journals. Additional duties will include reading scientifically relevant literature, writing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, assisting Dr. Porter in preparing extramural grant submissions, interacting with departmental administrative and business office personnel, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. Light lifting of vendor supplies is to be expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in a related field earned no earlier than May 2012 and prior experience in molecular biology is required. Prior poultry handling and management experience, with a strong research background in poultry and record of publication, are required. Good written and oral communication skills and fluency in spoken and written English are required. A record of publication, with excellent oral/written communication is required.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 04/28/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

Light lifting of vendor supplies is to be expected.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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