Posted: Oct 5, 2021

Assistant Professor - Physiology or Nutrition (Health Promotion & Obesity Prevention)

Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2021

The Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon in Eugene invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2022.

This position is part of a Provost-sponsored initiative aimed at creating a cluster of excellence for research focused on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The Health Promotion Initiative at the University of Oregon currently includes faculty members in Counseling Psychology and Human Services, Special Education and Clinical Sciences, and Biology. Candidates for the position should have a research focus that builds on the existing multi-disciplinary Health Promotion Initiative and enhances research at the intersection of health and/or health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, nutrition), with preferred strengths in cellular metabolism and/or endocrine physiology. The candidate will have a primary appointment in the department of Human Physiology. The Human Physiology Department has a range of strengths in both clinical and preclinical models in areas of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscle physiology, neuroscience/motor control, cell signaling and metabolism, and biomechanics. More information about the Health Promotion Initiative can be found at The position includes a competitive start-up package, research-appropriate laboratory space, and a collaborative research environment. Additionally, excellent benefits and a safe, friendly, and inclusive work environment make the University of Oregon an outstanding location to live and work.

Department or Program Summary
The Department of Human Physiology is home to undergraduate and graduate students seeking training in systems physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. We are strongly committed to inclusive and evidence-based teaching practices. Candidates will contribute to teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Department has strong partnerships with the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, the Institute of Neuroscience, the Institute for Molecular Biology, the Prevention Science Institute, the Bowerman Sports Science Center, and the new Data Science Initiative. The UO campus has state-of-the-art Core Facilities including the Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility, the Imaging Microscopy Core, the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization (that houses high resolution electron microscopy and microanalysis), and the Research Advanced Computing Services (with large-scale computing resources, performant storage, high-speed data transfer capabilities).

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Physiology, Biology, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, or related field
  • 2 years postdoctoral research experience
  • Promising publication record
  • Experience with grant writing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with university-level teaching and service
  • Focus on clinical/translational research
  • Experience working in team or collaborative research
  • Success in obtaining research funding

Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three statements: (1) research accomplishments and plans, (2) teaching philosophy, and (3) statement focusing on your experience and plans to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, as described below*.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Dr. Carrie McCurdy, Chair, Human Physiology Health Promotion Initiative faculty search ([email protected]). To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Nov 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Applications are encouraged from women and members of other underrepresented groups.