Wildlife Veterinary Liaison (Senior Research Investigator) Pathobiology

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Wildlife Veterinary Liaison (Senior Research Investigator) Pathobiology

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Wildlife Veterinary Liaison (Senior Research Investigator) Pathobiology

Job Profile Title
Research Investigator, Senior

Job Description Summary
The Wildlife Veterinary Liaison will serve as a liaison between the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Wildlife Futures Program at Penn Vet. The successful candidate will gain a comprehensive understanding of both Wildlife Futures and Game Commission operations, priorities, and needs and clearly communicate those findings between institutions to establish trust and unify efforts. The successful candidate will establish regular meetings and communications to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders. The successful candidate will assist communications staff and other personnel with the development of strategy and content for information and educational outreach activities, such as press releases, interviews, and informational documents; facilitate the publication of case reports or research findings in peer-reviewed journals; and contributing content for articles in the Game News and other popular press magazines. This veterinarian will work with Wildlife Futures and Game Commission personnel, particularly the state wildlife veterinarian, to identify, prioritize, take ownership of, and complete wildlife health activities to fulfill objectives outlined in the strategic plans of both programs. This full-time position will be embedded within the Bureau of Wildlife Management and will report to Game Commission Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA.

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

  • Work directly with Wildlife Futures and Game Commission personnel, particularly the state wildlife veterinarian, to identify, prioritize, take ownership of, and complete wildlife health activities to fulfil objectives outlined in the strategic plans of both institutions
  • Establish regular meetings and communications between the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program at Penn Vet, and other partners/stakeholders.
  • Provide veterinary services to Pennsylvania Game Commission in concert with the state wildlife veterinarian on wildlife research projects (e.g., wildlife captures, translocations, health surveillance)
  • Develop strategies and contribute content for information and educational outreach activities, such as press releases, interviews, and informational documents
  • Represent the Wildlife Futures Program (WFP) at invited talks and local, state, and national meetings as appropriate
  • Facilitate the publication of Wildlife Futures and Game Commission case reports and research in peer-reviewed journals and contribute content for articles in Game News or other popular press magazines
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


A veterinary degree and proven leadership, communication (written and verbal), and network building experience are required. A history of hands-on veterinary work with wildlife is preferred. A history of hands-on veterinary work with wildlife is preferred. Candidates should have excellent mission-oriented communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, and the motivation and initiative to work both independently and in a variety of team settings. Preference will be given to candidates with state wildlife agency experience and/or wildlife veterinary clinical experience with the ability to fully support any Game Commission wildlife health activity. A valid driver's license is required.

A cover letter is required.

This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room; Requires extensive safety training; Exposure to chemicals; Requires protective devices

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 24-50 lb. Typically standing or walking; Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping

Job Location - City, State
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$35,568.00 - $204,000.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

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