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Faculty - Biomedical Sciences – Behavioral Neuroscience / Biopsychology

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Closing date
May 27, 2023

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Mid Level

Faculty - Biomedical Sciences – Behavioral Neuroscience / Biopsychology

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine


The department of Biomedical Sciences at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) invites applications for a full-time faculty position (open rank, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The successful candidate will share responsibilities for medical student education in behavioral neuroscience and behavioral science and join an interdisciplinary team of medical educators who are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and scholarship and also are enthusiastic to mentor junior faculty. WMed is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education to apply. Both experienced faculty members and current postdoctoral fellows interested in an education-focused faculty position are encouraged to apply. The position could start as soon as summer 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 1 and until the position is filled.


  • Teaching: Responsibilities for this position include teaching behavioral science and behavioral neuroscience content throughout the preclinical years (M1 and M2), as well as serving as the director of a 4-6 week course within an integrated, organ-based foundational biomedical science curriculum for medical students. Additional teaching opportunities exist within a Master of Biomedical Sciences graduate program, core clinical clerkships, and the graduate medical education curriculum. The successful candidate will have a clear commitment to teaching.
  • Scholarship: Successful candidates will be expected to engage in scholarly activities that result in publications and professional presentations. WMed recognizes innovative teaching and scholarship as a basis for promotion. Areas of scholarship in the department medical education, basic science, and community-based research. Opportunities may be available for MD applicants to engage in clinical research appropriate to training and licensure.
  • Service: Participation in department and institutional service is expected.

The position offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits in a progressive environment. Generous professional development support will be provided.


Qualified applicants must have a PhD and/or MD degree and experience in biopsychology and/or behavioral neuroscience teaching/research. Experience teaching in a medical school environment is desirable but not required.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. 

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace. 

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Dr. Peter Vollbrecht, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at or 269.337.4495; qualified applicants should apply online at or directly at:

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