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Postdoctoral Associate, Clinical Animal Behavior

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: School of Animal Sciences
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The School of Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech is searching for a postdoctoral associate to provide clinical animal behavior services and assist in the development of a research line that would include but not be limited to the study of companion animal behavior, training, and welfare.

The start date for this position is August 2024. Applications can be completed online at A completed application includes a CV, a brief cover letter that includes a statement of interest and fit for the position, and a list of three references with contact information. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Lisa Gunter at Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must have completed their PhD by the starting date of the position.

The postdoctoral associate in this position will be expected to provide behavior consultation and training services to owners and their pets; create novel research lines that explore companion animal problem behaviors and utilize technology to support intervention development, delivery, and data collection; and provide classroom and experiential learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. This position will be involved in community outreach through the provision and dissemination of evidence-based practices as well as collaborating with veterinarians, animal trainers, and other industry professionals.

As such, applicants must have a strong understanding of learning theory/behavior analysis and its application with companion animals, a robust comprehension of applied animal research, and awareness of relevant issues in the field of companion animal behavior and welfare.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Animal Behavior, Biology, Psychology, Veterinary Science or related field; Doctoral degree must be awarded not more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining; Experience providing companion animal consultation and training services and conducting applied animal research; Demonstrated scholarly activity; Mentorship of undergraduates and/or graduate students; Strong organizational and collaborative skills; Interest in wearable animal technologies for collection of physiological data.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience carrying out companion animal behavioral and/or welfare research; Familiarity in addressing complex companion animal behavior problems (e.g., fear, anxiety, and aggression); Expertise in scientific writing and publication; Evidence of instructional abilities with undergraduate and/or graduate students; Experience with wearable animal technologies and proficiency in grant writing.

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Salary Information

$53,550-$65,000 or commensurate with experience

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Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Lisa Gunter at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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