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Assistant Professor in Exercise Medicine Research

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 31, 2023

Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks to recruit an innovative researcher in the area of exercise medicine with a focus on the impact of exercise/physical activity on health, including but not limited to the metabolic, cardiovascular, skeletomuscular and neurocognitive systems as well as immunity and cancer prevention for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate should address issues of the health effects during development in childhood and/or throughout the adult lifespan with a focus on the cellular, molecular and organ systems’ effects of exercise. Investigators who focus on mechanistic understanding of the effects of exercise in human subjects and/or laboratory animal models are encouraged to apply. Investigators with innovative genetic, biochemical and physiological approaches that may be applied in humans and/or animal models are welcomed. The person hired for this position will join 39 other faculty led teams at the research institute and will join the new FBRI Center for Exercise Medicine Research (CEMR). The position will be located at the FBRI at VTC ( on the university’s health sciences campus in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to the original 100,000 square foot research institute that opened in 2010, a new adjacent 139,000 square foot research building ( recently opened in which the new faculty member will have their research programs. The new CEMR is immediately adjacent to the research laboratories of the FBRI Center for Vascular and Heart Research, Cancer Research Group, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Center for Health Behaviors Research, Center for Neurobiology Research as well as Center for Human Neuroscience Research, offering additional opportunities for collaborations that span metabolism, cardiovascular science, cancer and neuroscience research. Facilities at the research institute include multiple research MRIs for human and animal research, including high field MR guided PET and MR guided focused ultrasound, multiple cellular/molecular imaging facilities, including spinning disc confocal microscopy, standard laser scanning confocal microscopy, scanning block face electron microscopy, super resolution microscopy, biochemical and molecular biology cores, including Mass Spec and proteomics as well as behavioral testing suites for animals and humans, as well as two human whole room calorimeters, metabolic kitchen and dining areas for the study of human nutrition and eating behaviors.

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in October, 2023. To apply, please submit your application, including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and plans, and teaching/mentoring philosophy at, posting #526912. To complete the application, the applicant should also have at least three references post their letters of support to the same site.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, bringing talent, experience and insights from multiple perspectives to work together in collaborative teams to solve the most pressing challenges in the biomedical and health sciences. Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT- serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community (, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI), Dr. Michael J. Friedlander at or to the Director of the FBRI Center for Exercise Medicine Research, Dr. Zhen Yan at

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have an earned doctorate in physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, exercise science and a demonstrated record of accomplishment of research productivity. The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain a high-quality, extramurally-funded research program and participate in research mentoring of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students with some teaching in graduate programs.

Preferred Qualifications

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 1st, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: August 31, 2023
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