Assistant/Associate Professor - Physiology and Pharmacology

Morgantown, West Virginia (US)
Competetive salary dependant on rank and qualifications
September 10 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

As part of an expansion of our existing research strengths in Toxicology and Vascular Health Outcomes, the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (DPP) at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center (WVU HSC) invites applications from outstanding scientists for one (1) tenure-track position, available July 1st, 2020. This recruitment is open to individuals with promising or established research programs, to be appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.  Because of the expanding growth of airborne exposures, the DPP is looking for investigators that can incorporate experimental models of inhalation toxicology into their existing research programs. As such, we seek investigators with a strong fundamental background and training in physiology, toxicology, and/or pharmacology with particular emphasis on the application of these approaches to study inhalation toxicology in the cardiovascular, pulmonary, hepatic and/or renal systems under conditions of environmental, personal, and/or occupational exposures. The overarching goal of the successful candidate‚Äôs research program should have applicability to improve health disparities in West Virginia.  We especially seek investigators whose research programs will complement our existing strengths in:

  • inhalation exposure
  • maternal inhalation exposures and fetal programming
  • redox biology
  • systemic outcomes following an exposure
  • microvascular physiology
  • health risks from nanomaterials and advanced material applications
  • hepatocellular biology
  • renal physiology or disease

It is important to note that the successful candidate must be a primary user and contributing member of the WVU Center for Inhalation Toxicology (iTOX) and thus will integrate their existing research program accordingly. 

Appointees for Assistant Professor will be expected to develop a competitive, externally funded, independent research program and further develop their nascent skills in instruction of professional and graduate students. Appointees for Associate Professor will be expected to have current NIH or alternative extramural funding and demonstrable facility in instruction of professional and graduate students. Appointees will be expected to contribute to the HSC-wide teaching mission of the DPP.  The successful candidate will receive a generous startup package, competitive salary, fully renovated laboratory space commensurate with experience and qualifications as well as full access to our state-of-the-art rodent Inhalation Facility housed within the DPP.        

The WVU HSC supports excellent core facilities that include proteomics and protein mass spectrometry, confocal and multi-photon microscopy, functional imaging, flow cytometry, histology, and mouse gene-editing/transgenics.  Recently, the WVU HSC has initiated a significant expansion to their rodent inhalation exposure facility. This multi-million dollar infrastructure improvement affords capacity for nine exposure and telemetry chambers in AAALAC accredited facilities. Aerosol exposures currently include engineered nanomaterials, combustion-related air pollutants, and cigarette/e-cigarettes with capabilities for controlled and well-characterized mixed exposures. West Virginia University is a comprehensive, Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research-Extensive, public institution.  Morgantown is rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside and access to some of the best outdoor venues in the country. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D., MD, or MD/Ph.D., two or more years of postdoctoral training, evidence of significant peer-reviewed research accomplishments and exposure to the instruction of professional and/or graduate students.  Interested individuals should apply at ( with: 1) a complete curriculum vitae, 2) a detailed description of research interests to be pursued and your plans for utilizing the iTOX facility (limit to 4 pages), 3) a statement of teaching philosophy and 4) the names and addresses (including e-mail) of three references. Applications received without these 4 documents will not be considered. This announcement will remain open until the position is filled with evaluation of candidates beginning on 07 October 2019.     

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.