Western Kentucky University: Animal Physiologist, tenure-track Assistant Professor

Posted on November 22, 2021
Expires: February 15, 2022

The Department of Biology at Western Kentucky University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in Animal Physiology.

Candidates for the Animal Physiology position will investigate areas that may include but are not limited to neurophysiology, thermoregulation, osmoregulation, pathology, endocrinology, and/or muscle physiology. Courses to be taught may include introductory biology, animal physiology for undergraduates and graduate students, and upper-level courses in area of specialty.

The successful candidate will deliver high-quality instruction in both undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses in the Biology Department’s pre-health curriculum, based on the expertise of the candidate.  Each position will require development of an active, biomedically-relevant, research program attractive to M.S. students and to undergraduates in our pre-health programs, as well as career and academic advisement of pre-health professions students. The KY INBRE program provides a network of support for biomedical researchers and educators within the Commonwealth of Kentucky and presents many opportunities for collaboration as well as competitive funding programs. Opportunities are also available to collaborate on clinical research projects with physicians, residents, and fellows of Med Center Health and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus.


  • Completion of a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline by time of application
  • A record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and of writing grant proposals
  • Evidence of strong communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills
  • Evidence of enthusiasm for teaching and working with undergraduate and graduate students

Additional Information:

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU’s main campus is in Bowling Green, KY – a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU’s strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.

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 (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. 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, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

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 (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU”s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at joshua.hayes@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at deborah.wilkins@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU”s https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website.

Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: http://www.wku.edu/atwku/academics.php

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2022, although later applications may be considered at the discretion of the Search Committee until the position is filled. The following items must be submitted in pdf format through this electronic talent management system: http://wku.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=139680

  • Cover letter describing candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position, and separate statements about (1) teaching interests, (2) research goals and objectives, and (3) experience with or dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.  All documents must be in pdf format.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript from the PhD-granting institution

Reference letters may be requested from your referees by the Search Committee at a later date.

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


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