Immunology and Genetics
Associate Professor, or
University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences-St. Kitts (UMHS)
invites applications for a faculty position in Immunology/Genetics
at all ranks. UMHS is a state of the art medical school located on
the exotic Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. Faculty have a unique
opportunity to become involved in the growth and success of the
institution, and most importantly the opportunity to educate and
nurture a new generation of physicians prepared to meet the 21st
century health care delivery in a rapidly changing world.
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a three
credit course in Immunology and also a two credit course in
Genetics. The UMHS calendar year has three fifteen week semesters,
with two to three weeks break between semesters for faculty
- Developing and providing students with approved syllabi and
- Organizing, preparing, and regularly updating course
- Delivering effective lectures in the classroom and laboratory
utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and state of the art
- Preparing and administering examinations, grading in a timely
manner, and providing feedback to students.
- Focusing on student success by being available to students
during non-teaching time.
- Serving on faculty committees.
- Supervising students in a variety of activities, including but
not limited to problem based learning activities, human-computer
simulation activities in the UMHS virtual hospital ward, and
activities in local clinical settings.
The successful candidate will teach the three credit Immunology
course which begins with a general overview and introduction to the
immune system including a description of the cells and tissues
involved with innate and adaptive immunity. This is followed by
descriptions of the molecular and cellular mechanisms employed in
innate immune responses, and for those used in the humoral and
cell-mediated arms of adaptive immunity. This includes the details
of antigen processing and presentation by antigen-presenting cells
and the central role of MHC molecules in this process. The
maturation and selection of B and T lymphocytes and the production
of the diverse antigen receptors required for lymphocyte activation
are also described in detail.
The pathways of lymphocyte activation are followed by an
explanation for the generation of the different effector functions
and memory cells produced during a humoral or cell-mediated
response. The last half of the course is focused on more clinically
related topics including tolerance and autoimmunity,
transplantation and immunosuppression, immunotherapy strategies
against tumors, hypersensitivity, and the consequences of
congenital immunodeficiencies. The course ends with a description
of the tools and assays of immune functions.
The candidate will also teach a 2 credit Genetics course which
provides a description of the human genome including the details of
DNA, gene, and chromosome structure, the basics of gene expression,
and the various forms of inheritance. The overall goal is to use
this knowledge to better understand the molecular mechanisms of how
genetic mutations lead to the single gene and complex disorders
described in the textbook case studies. Specific course topics
include gene mapping and disease gene identification, the treatment
of genetic disease, prenatal diagnosis, cancer genetics, and
- US tax free foreign earned income up to $107,600 USD a year but
you have to have been in a foreign country for 47 weeks a
- Health Insurance plan. University pays for employee and
available to spouse and children at employee's expense
- Participation in faculty continuing education or national
conference in the US once annually.
- Modern, state of the art campus and facilities in which to
teach and conduct research.
- Must have a passion for teaching
- Minimum of an earned Ph.D. from an accredited graduate or
medical school preferably in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K.
- A minimum of four years teaching experience teaching immunology
and genetics preferably in a U.S., Canadian, or U.K. medical
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in
UMHS offers a traditional four-year
Allopathic Doctor of Medicine program leading to the M.D. degree.
The university operates year round and offers three semesters per
calendar year which start in January, May, and September. Students
complete the Basic Science Program at the UMHS at our state of the
art campus in St Kitts. The fifth semester occurs at the UMHS
campus in Portland, Maine. Students complete their third year of
core clinical rotations and fourth year of elective rotations in
one of our many affiliated, accredited teaching hospitals
throughout the United States. To graduate, students must
successfully complete the UMHS medical program and pass the USMLE
Step1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS. UMHS graduates are eligible to
apply for a US or Canadian residency and subsequently may practice
medicine in the United States and Canada.
UMHS utilizes innovative teaching techniques such as a 24-bed
virtual hospital, small class sizes with individualized attention,
and the use of technology to enhance instruction. The faculty is
highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United
Send letter of interest, CV, and references
Dr. Jerry Thornton, Executive Vice President
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See more at: http://www.umhs-sk.org