Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Physiology

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Job description

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU’s main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

The Biology Department has 30 faculty members as well as research technicians and post-doctoral researchers. In addition to the main campus in Bowling Green, we employ instructors at several satellite campuses throughout the region. Our student body comprises approximately 750 undergraduate students (across four majors) and 50 M.S. students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees. Potential applicants may learn more about our department at

Job Description:

The Department of Biology ( at Western Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure track eligible ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position to begin August 2018. Candidates with expertise in vertebrate physiology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a productive research program that includes undergraduate and M.S. students and to pursue extramural funding. We particularly seek applicants who integrate a combination of contemporary genomic, molecular, cellular and/or computational techniques to answer fundamental questions in physiology in order to build on current departmental strengths.

Teaching assignments will likely include animal physiology as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Additionally, candidates should be strongly dedicated to undergraduate-level teaching and incorporate active-learning methods into their pedagogy. Service activities at all levels of the university will be expected, as well as academic and professional mentoring to students, in particular those in our pre-professional health programs.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent, relevant post-doctoral experience, and evidence of research productivity through peer-reviewed publication and grantsmanship.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745 – 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

How to apply

The following items must be submitted by visiting by October 9th, 2017, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interest
  • Statement of Service, addressing the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Names and contact information of three reference providers will be collected during the application process. Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date.

You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.


WKU is in the midst of a transformation - physical, intellectual, cultural and economic – and is becoming A Leading American University with International Reach. Whether in a neighboring community or in a distant country, WKU faculty and students are engaged in relevant applied research that provides solutions to real problems.