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Biochemistry/ Genetics - Open Rank Faculty

Texas Tech University HSC
El Paso, Texas
To be commensurate with the experience, skills, and qualifications.
Closing date
Sep 9, 2024

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)

The Department of Medical Education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso – Paul L. Foster School of Medicine seeks a full-time biochemist and/or geneticist to join our interdisciplinary team of medical educator faculty. The successful candidate will work with fellow basic scientists and clinician medical educators to develop and deliver a highly integrated clinical presentation-based medical curriculum. Medical educators also engage in research and service activities based on individual interests, credentials, and experience. The Department of Medical Education houses a number of state-of-the-art educational spaces, including a 5000-square-foot gross anatomy lab and a 2700-square-foot molecular and cell biology lab for teaching and faculty-mentored student research experiences. Access to additional instrumentation and collaborative research expertise is granted through four centers of research emphasis (Cancer, Diabetes & Metabolism, Infectious Diseases, and Neuroscience) located in the adjacent Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine.

The Community:

El Paso is the 6th largest city in Texas, the 22nd largest city in the U.S., and consistently ranks as one of the safest, fastest growing, and best places to live in the nation. The El Paso community enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year and has numerous outdoor and cultural pursuits. The Franklin Mountains State Park, one of the largest U.S. urban parks, bisects the city and offers easy access to hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping within the city limits. El Paso is home to an international airport, Ft. Bliss, the Sun Bowl, Division I athletics, historic sites, museums, minor league baseball, pro soccer, Broadway series, symphony, and a classic film festival.

Position Description:

  • Participates in course administration and instruction for the pre-clerkship phase of the medical school curriculum
  • Develops and delivers an integrated curriculum, which blends basic science and clinical concepts, in collaboration with faculty members in other disciplines
  • Employs multiple teaching methods including case-based instruction, large- and small-group discussion, lecture, demonstration, simulation, and team-based learning
  • Provides formative and summative assessment of medical student performance
  • Provide individual support, feedback, and advice to medical students
  • Works closely with the course and curriculum committees, fellow faculty, and key administrators to accomplish the goals and objectives of the medical school’s curriculum
  • Serves the academic community through participation in institutional governance, such as committee work and other administrative duties
  • Contributes to the community through academically related public service complementary to the institutional mission • Engages in the advancement of scientific knowledge through research and/or scholarship
  • Ensures compliance with HIPAA and billing regulations, if applicable
  • Adheres to institutional policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates professionalism in accordance with the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Declaration of Faculty Professional Responsibility

Depending on individual goals and interests, and as negotiated with the Chair of the Department of Medical Education, the successful candidate may also have the opportunity to:

  • Serve as a ‘college mentor’ by providing one-on-one support, feedback, and advising to medical students assigned to one of the school’s academic learning communities (‘colleges’)
  • Co-facilitate discussion-based sessions in the ‘College Colloquium,’ a course devoted to topics such as medical ethics, controversies in medicine, evidence-based medicine, critical thinking, safety and quality improvement, communication, humanism, empathy, wellness, life-long learning, bias, leadership, and professionalism

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biochemistry, Genetics, or a closely related discipline, or M.D. or D.O. degree, or equivalent medical degree
  • Experience in teaching biochemistry and genetics, especially clinically-integrated biochemistry and genetics for medical students
  • Evidence of scholarship in the field of expertise
  • Texas Medical Licensure, or eligibility for Texas Medical License for M.D. or D.O. candidates
  • Board certification by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties for M.D. or D.O. candidates

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training or experience in the development and delivery of an integrated medical curriculum
  • Experience with active learning methods, such as interactive large- and small-group formats, laboratory-based instruction, team-based learning, case-based learning, and problem-based learning
  • Experience with curriculum management software systems
  • Participation in national organizations or committees devoted to medical education
  • Experience in medical education scholarship
  • Experience in the development of grant proposals and the management of extramural funding
  • Emerging or established regional or national reputation for the rank of associate professor or higher

This position is salaried and fully funded. Salary, academic rank, and tenure options are commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Interested candidates are required to apply online at:, select ‘El Paso Faculty’, enter search code 36983BR, El Paso Location.



TTUHSC El Paso in an EEO/AA employer. The Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran

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