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Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences / Umkc School of Medicine

University of Missouri - Kansas City
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Department of Biomedical Sciences

The UMKC Medical School is a partner of the UMKC Health Sciences District. The District strives to be a premier academic health district, engaging in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the-science health care, and educating the next generation of health care professionals. UMKC provides unique opportunities for research and health care collaboration across its Schools of: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing & Health Studies, and Pharmacy as well as University Health physicians, regional health care institutions, and the University of Missouri System's NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center.

Job Description

The position is for a tenure track faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The successful candidate will have a key role in helping to expand our neuroscience program by adding research strengths in mental health and/or addiction research and develop research projects for students interested in problems of relevance to rural and medically underserved health conditions. 

Candidates must have expertise in research areas relevant to rural health including, addiction, mental health, maternal fetal, neonatal health, and diabetes. Candidates with expertise or demonstrated potential for broad areas of relevance to basic and/or translational addiction research are invited to apply. Expertise in "Omics" with emphasis on proteomics to collaborate with our state-of-the-art NIH-supported proteomics core is a benefit but not required. Candidates may have other additional synergistic research foci including but not limited to, behavioral neuroscience, behavioral genetics, the genetics of addiction, preclinical models of addiction, cognitive neuroscience, biomedical informatics, and artificial intelligence/big data. 

Major responsibilities include maintaining an active extramurally funded research program, mentoring the research projects of graduate and undergraduate health sciences and professional students, residents, and fellows. The successful applicant will be expected to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Successful experience or demonstrated potential for teaching research methodology or mentoring research projects, basic science topics and in obtaining extramural research funding is desired.  

The expected initial distribution of work will be 40% Research, 40% teaching, 20% service. Tenure-eligible candidates that bring in sufficient extramural funding may be able to increase their research workload.

Teaching duties include research methodology for health professions, statistics, bioinformatics, "Omics", microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, neuroscience, immunology. Mentoring the research projects of medical, graduate and residents. Mentoring graduate level journal clubs.

Teaching duties will be assigned based on the expertise and interest of the faculty member. Service includes, serving on departments, School of Medicine, or university committees. Examples include Faculty Meeting Committee, Student Research Committee, Research Advisory Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, medical, physician assistant interviewing committee. 

Minimum Qualifications

M.D. or Ph.D. in disciplines relative to the job description


Salary range is $85,000 to $100,000 and will be commensurate with credentials, evidence of success in obtaining external research funding, and experience.

Application Instructions

To be considered, you must apply online at, click in Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 49436).

Please  combine all application materials (personal letter of interest and applicable experience with accompanying curriculum vitae and a current list of references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachments.  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 49436 and name of the position.

Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full healthcare benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and university education benefits at all 4 UM System campuses for full-time employees and qualifying dependents. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

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