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Job ID: 222598

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University

Date Posted Sep. 29, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
University Tufts University
North Grafton, MA, United States
Department Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Comparative Pathobiology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology in Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (continuous term track; tenure track equivalent). We seek an individual with strong research interests capable of establishing and maintaining an externally funded research program as an independent investigator.  While any discipline will be considered, preference will be given to candidates who will develop an independent and/or collaborative research program that complements and draws from our strengths of the department and/or Cummings School. The successful candidate will also have a strong interest and aptitude in teaching to contribute to the professional curriculum as well as the graduate program.

Comparative Pathobiology is a multi-disciplinary department, with expertise and teaching responsibilities in neurosciences, physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, clinical and anatomic pathology, reproductive health, animal models of disease, laboratory animal medicine, biochemistry, and veterinary education. Research strengths in the department include neurosciences, with a focus on opioids, addiction, and developmental biology, pathology, and endocrine disease.  Cummings School has research strengths in clinical and translational research, with strengths in emergency medicine, critical care, cardiovascular disease, comparative oncology, urology, musculoskeletal disease, and infectious disease.

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology houses the Comparative Pathobiology and Genomics Shared Resource (CPGSR) and a Flow Cytometry Shared Resource. Other unique resources at Cummings School include the New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory (BSL-3), Clinical Research Shared Resource and Clinical Trials Office, and participation in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Our AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal care and use program supports large and small animal models, experimental surgery, regenerative medicine, ABSL2 and ABSL3 containment, MRI and CT imaging, and pathology. See for additional areas of ongoing research. 

The successful candidate will be expected to devote 23 - 30 weeks to research and scholarly activity, with effort above 23 weeks (>50% time) generally dependent on external research funding support at the time of employment. Effort devoted to educational activities, including teaching in the professional curriculum (in areas of expertise such as biochemistry and physiology) and the graduate program, will be between 12-19 weeks. Time may be devoted to clinical or diagnostic activities, if relevant to the candidate, i.e., if holding a DVM or equivalent degree. Service commitments are typically 3 - 5 weeks for an assistant professor. Five weeks are available for vacation and other time off. The exact distribution of activities, within the guidelines of the school, will be dependent on the interests and expertise of the successful candidate.



Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant area of expertise by the date of hire. A DVM degree is considered an asset. Post-doctoral experience is expected, although it may be replaced by other relevant experience. Excellent communication skills and a reputation for collegiality are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate the attributes required to excel in teaching and previous teaching experience is considered an asset. The successful candidate must have the potential to establish a successful, independent research program, at a level appropriate for the time available for research, as evidenced by publications, abstracts, thesis content, and presentations. 


Application Instructions

Applications received by November 30, 2023, will receive full consideration, with review of applications continuing until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their reasons for applying for the position, qualifications and experience, research interests and expertise, and teaching experience and interests.  The cover letter should also address the candidate’s strengths and experiences in diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to teaching, research, and/or service. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references are required.

Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio ( A start date of July 1, 2024 is preferred, but the start date is negotiable.  Direct any questions to the department chair, Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes at

Cummings School is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre semi-rural campus, forty-five minutes west of Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts.  There is a regional rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns. Tufts University offers excellent benefits. Details can be found on the AccessTufts website. 

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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