Medical Faculty-Neuroscience

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
commensurate with experience
Oct 15, 2019
Dec 14, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The Central Michigan University College of Medicine (CMED) is seeking a highly qualified tenure track/tenured faculty in the Neuroscience discipline.  Successful candidates will become part of a growing research community at the College of Medicine.  CMU’s neuroscience program consists of faculty members whose work focuses on neurodegenerative disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and stroke.  Successful candidate will become part of a growing cohort to broaden and deepen current work, and to increase the extramural funding and research productivity of the program.  CMU will provide a competitive space and start-up package to support the development of an externally funded robust research program.

Individuals will be considered at the Assistant, Association and Professor rank.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in graduate medical education with time protected for research and research administration.

Research at CMED  In addition to training future physicians for clinical excellence, CMED intends to grow its existing research programs to train clinician-scientists to explore areas of inquiry relevant to its mission. Even though research in the College of Medicine is new, its researchers are already receiving recognition for their investigation and findings. Part of CMED’s vision is to promote a collaboration of investigators on the Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw campuses that will engage faculty, students, residents and regional professionals in clinical and health systems research.  CMED researchers have already secured notable extramural funding including $1.6M in NIH funding in 2018 across 9 awards.

CMED is eager to establish and develop health services and population health research programs, aimed at integrating students and faculty in research dedicated to understanding and improving health care in rural and medically underserved environments. Opportunities abound to leverage existing relationships across Michigan and the upper Midwest and to form new partnerships with both public and private partners to advance research in the service of rural and underserved urban communities. Potential opportunities include:

  • Working with The Dow Chemical Company, the world’s second largest chemical producer, which is headquartered in Midland and has a longstanding history of epidemiologic research with well over 200 publications and a database that has tracked US employees since 1940. Expanding the partnership with the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA), a well-established multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region it serves.   MiHIA has a broad portfolio with partnerships and funding from the CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and numerous others.
  • Expanding collaboration with the other six colleges at CMU to build research stemming from the recently created interdisciplinary center for community health and wellness.
  • Building on the strong relationship with local tribal leaders to identify health disparities and improvement initiatives for that community.
  • Further the existing partnership with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) and MiHIA to find ways to conduct research into the transformational THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy) initiative. and its portfolio impact on both health and the regional economy.
  • Collaborating with existing hospital partners for clinical data available part of one of Michigan Clinically Integrated Network.

As a pillar of the central Michigan community with leaders who are connected and influential in the region, CMED offers virtually unlimited opportunities for collaborative research. Candidates who are passionate about conducting large scale, “big data” driven longitudinal research on improving health outcomes in underserved areas will find this area rich in resources and desire.

Research Facilities:  In September 2016, CMU completed the largest capital project in its history – a $95M Biosciences Building. The four-story, 169,000-square-foot open floor plan building features state-of-the-art laboratories, a multipurpose auditorium, an active-learning classroom and modern study spaces.

Additionally, a 12,600 square-foot state-of-the-art research facility for CMED faculty opened in 2013 on CMU’s Mt. Pleasant campus. The laboratories are designed to conduct bio-medical research in an open concept environment, while pursuing projects that will contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in medicine. The facility houses a cell-culture facility and a vivarium. The research area supports five CMED faculty and three post-doctoral trainees. Two CMED faculty are housed in the Health Professions building as part of the very successful interdisciplinary neuroscience program. One faculty member, requiring and insectarium, is housed in the Biosciences Building.  

To Apply:  CMU CMED encourages applicants from historically underrepresented populations, veterans, women, and other minority groups to apply. Applications must be submitted on-line at: Keyword College of Medicine. Historically underrepresented groups in medicine are encouraged to apply.  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled. Electronically attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching ability, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research/scholarly interest, and a list of three professional references, including phone numbers and email addresses. Questions can be directed to Sarah Whitman, Search Committee Coordinator,, 989-774-7213.

 EEO Statement: CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree, PhD or MD/DO, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, or closely related field
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity by supporting a diverse and inclusive environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference given to those meeting CMED criteria for an advanced rank. Advanced rank must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a related field and have an established and recognized area of scholarly activity as demonstrated by publications and/or external funding
  • Demonstrated experience in patient-, case-, and/or problem-based medical education

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