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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physiology

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Physiology

Yakima, WA



Recruitment Period: 09/07/2021 - Until Filled

Status: Full Time


Applicants for all positions will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 during the hiring process.  Valid medical or religious exemptions will be considered.


Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) invites applications for Assistant/Associate Professor of Physiology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM).


 PNWU was founded in 2005 to meet the critical need for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest. The mission-driven campus operates as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit healthcare educational institution offering a doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine with a total enrollment of 540 medical students. Collaborations with other allied health science programs and future campus growth are well underway. The campus is located in Yakima, Washington, a city of approximately 95,000 located in the south-central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region. It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle and 170 miles from Portland. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play providing a wide variety of interests— visit and for additional information.


General Summary:

The Assistant/Associate Professor will provide support to the Department of Biomedical Sciences and will be expected to fulfill the educational, service, and scholarly activity objectives of the COM. This position reports directly to the Division Chief of Physiology.


The Department of Biomedical Sciences at PNWU is a vibrant group of eight full-time and two part-time faculty who work collaboratively within the department and with all other departments to deliver the COM preclinical curriculum. The main teaching responsibilities of the department include physiology, cell sciences, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology with a primary focus on delivery of the preclinical, organ-systems based curriculum. As PNWU adds additional health professional programs such as Physical Therapy, there may be additional opportunities beyond the COM. Department scholarly activities include bench research, community-based research, clinical studies, and educational research. 


Essential Job Functions:  

  • Deliver lecture, laboratory, and active learning-based instruction in live, recorded, written, and on-line formats in some combination of the Scientific Foundations of Medicine course, and Organ Systems Curriculum across the preclinical curriculum
  • Involvement in curriculum development, design, and evaluation
  • Collaboration with other faculty, divisions, and departments 
  • Student advising on academic success, board exam preparedness, and professional identify formation
  • Committee work and other service to the University as assigned
  • Development of assessments in areas of expertise 
  • Research or other scholarly activity
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Division Chief of Physiology, Department Chair of Biomedical Sciences, or Dean of the COM
  • Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards
  • Conducts self appropriately and consistently in accordance with the philosophy and mission of PNWU
  • Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated interest in teaching systems physiology, pathophysiology, and other related biomedical science disciplines at a medical education level. The candidate should be a broadly biomedical scientist, able to deliver various aspects of a biomedical sciences curriculum.




  • Required:  Earned PhD, DO or MD is required; PhD in physiology or another closely related biomedical science discipline (e.g., pharmacology, molecular physiology, cell or molecular biology, biomedical sciences) is strongly preferred. Applicants with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from a COCA or LCME-accredited institution of higher learning (or equivalent) will be considered where teaching experience matches essential job functions



  • Preferred:  Experience in teaching physiology at the graduate or medical education level, a demonstrated history of scholarly and other professional achievements


Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills; ability to self-motivate; ability to work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students in a manner that evokes trust and respect; and ability to work with and manage different computer programs and databases.


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To ensure full consideration submit:

  • A letter of introduction outlining background, qualifications, and interest for the position
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references


PNWU offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees first of the month following date of hire and competitive salary.


For information about life in Yakima visit our PNWU page.


PNWU is a drug-free workplace, equal opportunity employer and educational institution. To request this publication in an alternative format, or to apply in an alternative format, please call Human Resources, 509.452.5100.


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