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School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
West Virginia University School of Medicine is seeking an accomplished academic leader and
scientist to serve as Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. The
successful candidate will have the leadership skills and vision required to achieve the research,
education and service missions of a basic science department and to promote collaborative and
translational research efforts between basic and clinical faculty. Current research strengths in the
Department include microvasculature mechanisms underlying a variety of clinical syndromes,
regulation of coronary blood flow and heart rate, effects of airborne toxins, and physiological
mechanisms of neuroplasticity. These strengths complement research programs in other basic
science departments, the Center for Neuroscience, the Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Sciences, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and WVNano Initiative. There is an
institutional commitment to building a strong pharmacology research program in the Department
of Physiology and Pharmacology and to adding expertise to strengthen the existing physiology
research program. There is an opportunity for the new Chair to provide unique focus and
direction in an environment where new institutional leadership is strongly committed to the
development of outstanding research programs across the School of Medicine and the University.
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of research and scholarly
accomplishments, outstanding collaborative leadership ability, and current extramural funding.
Skills and an interest to lead and administer the diverse educational and research initiatives of the
Department are essential.
West Virginia University is a comprehensive, land grant university with approximately 28,000
undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students. The WVU Health Sciences Center includes the
Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing. Morgantown has 55,000 residents and is
rated as one of the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, excellent schools, a
picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities.
Qualifications: PhD and/or MD degree with a record of academic excellence, sustained and
active extramural research funding, the ability to attract and develop collaborative
multidisciplinary research programs, and experience in graduate and professional student
education. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is
filled. Applications should be e-mailed to Carol Smith, Administrative Assistant/Recruiter for the
Physiology/Pharmacology Chair Search, WVU School of Medicine ([email protected]) with
the following attachments: a curriculum vitae, a cover letter stating your interest in the position,
and contact information, including email addresses, for three references (in confidence).
Interested candidates may contact the chair of the search committee, Mike Schaller
([email protected]).
West Virginia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. WVU Health
Sciences Center is a tobacco-free campus. West Virginia University is the recipient of an NSF
ADVANCE award for gender equity.