Endocrine Specialist Position at MSU

June 29, 2018

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Position Announcement – Endocrinology

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) (www.animalhealth.msu.edu), College of

Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking applicants for a specialist

position in Endocrinology. This position is in the University’s Academic Specialist Continuing

Appointment System. A complete description of the MSU Academic Specialist system is

available here.


The VDL is a full-service, AAVLD-accredited laboratory and occupies a state-of-the-art facility

comprising over 152,000 sq. feet of space. The Endocrinology Section has a long history of

excellence and innovation, receiving thousands of samples per month and offering assays to

assess thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, reproductive, pancreatic, pituitary, and gastric function in

multiple species. The individual filling this position will join the team within the Endocrinology

Section of VDL.


Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree, be eligible for Michigan Veterinary

Licensure and have experience or advanced training in endocrinology, clinical pathology or

internal medicine. We are seeking an individual who is committed to understanding all aspects of

laboratory diagnosis of endocrine disorders and to interact with internal and external clients. The

successful candidate will be part of the VDL team and have responsibility for a portion of the

VDL service/outreach activities, including marketing in coordination with the VDL

communications manager. The primary responsibility of this position will be to interpret

endocrinology test results of domestic animals, and to provide consultation to referring

veterinarians (e.g., appropriate test or sample selection, test interpretation, diagnostic

procedures). Other duties include developing new tests, validation of endocrinology tests to

meet accreditation standards, and participation in aligned research projects. Participation in

teaching (professional and graduate students, residents) is also possible. Excellent written and

especially verbal communication skills, including cultural competence, are required as this

role includes frequent communication with referring veterinarians, the public, other VDL faculty,

staff, and students. One to three years of experience in interpretation of patient results and/or

experience with development and implementation of immunoassays or other laboratory tests is

preferred but not required.


Michigan State University has outstanding college-based and university-wide basic and

translational research programs that provide ample opportunity for collaborative research with

faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and with those of the two human medical schools

on campus. Additional opportunities for collaboration exist close by at the University of

Michigan, the Van Andel Research Institute, and other research centers. Intramural funding for

research projects is excellent and available through a competitive research grant program in the

College of Veterinary Medicine. A mentoring program is available to assist junior faculty in their

professional development.


Michigan State University, the pioneer land-grant school, is one of the top research universities

in the world where veterinary science has been taught since its 1855 founding. East Lansing’s

collegiate atmosphere is complemented by low cost of living with convenient access to large

cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and

surrounding communities provide excellent public school systems. In addition, Michigan, the

Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national

lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and ample snowfall offers a broad variety of seasonal

outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website www.puremichigan.org for

more details.


The position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with training and experience.

Michigan State University has an on-line, centralized application procedure and all candidates

are required to submit the following documents: (1) letter of intent detailing career goals and

interests, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) copies of their diplomas, and (4) full names and contact

information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address, fax numbers) of 4 individuals acting as

professional references. To apply to this position please go to www.career.msu.edu and reference

posting number 512502.


For additional information about MSU and the CVM please visit these sites:

Questions can be directed to Dr. Brian Petroff, Search Committee Chair, at bpetroff@msu.edu.

Review of applications will begin August 15, 2018 and applications will be accepted until the

position is filled.


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving

excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or

nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.