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Tenure Track Open Faculty Search, Anesthesiology for Neuroscience, Pain and Periop Research

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Salary commensurate with previous training and experience.
Closing date
Aug 3, 2023

The Department of Anesthesiology at Wexner Medical Center/The Ohio State University College of Medicine is initiating a search for multiple Tenure Track faculty positions in Basic, Translational and/or Clinical Research. Positions are available at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels. Qualified candidates for the Tenure Track focused in subspecialty areas of basic or clinical research in Anesthesiology, but not limited to, Pain, Neuroscience, Neuroanesthesia, Neurophysiology, Neuroinflammation, Postoperative Neural Dysfunction and Neuroprotection, Cardiovascular & Critical Care research, and Women’s Health are encouraged to apply. We are interested in recruiting both PhD Basic Scientists and MD Clinician Scientists.

Successful applicants will join a growing and dynamic research environment dedicated to translating innovative laboratory discoveries in basic mechanisms to human studies and clinical trials with a long-term goal to improve patients’ lives. We have several emerging programs in basic neurosciences on ischemic spinal cord injury following aortic aneurysm repair (open surgical repair versus TEVAR & micro-RNA signaling), postsurgical delirium, neuromodulation and neuroprotection and perioperative pain management. Funded research through DOD is focused on basic science mechanistic studies in mitochondrial dysfunction and molecular therapy in pulmonary oxygen toxicity. NIH R01funded basic, translational and clinical research is focused on pathogenic mechanisms of postoperative ileus and POGD (involving neuroinflammation associated with glia, neurons and immune cells, purinergic signaling, ‘reactive glia’, Ca2+neuroimaging of glia and neurons, patch clamp recordings, neuroplasticity & alterations in neural circuit behavior, programmed cell death and ferroptosis) and investigation of novel therapeutic targets. Our efforts are complemented by further development of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols that is a College of Medicine priority. Other areas of investigation include many aspects of pain research (NIH R34 study of biofeedback virtual reality therapy for pain, R34 study on opioid use disorder after surgery, industry funded clinical trials or investigator studies on SCS-Neuromodulation therapy, neuroimmunology of pain, and development of computational methods / models to better assess pain), as well as R44 SBIR funding for a respiratory monitoring device. Our Pain Center is investigating lower back pain mechanisms and neuromodulation therapies in collaboration with the Spine Research Institute. Potential opportunities also exist for collaborations with the Neurological Institute, Behavioral Institute, Neuroscience, Neurology, Surgery, Pathology, Gastroenterology and Bioengineering.

The Department of Anesthesiology is innovating in both basic science and ‘patient-oriented research.’ On the clinical front, we have a robust clinical research infrastructure and are supporting multicenter industry funded clinical trials, investigator-initiated studies and trials, including trials on postoperative ileus, postoperative nausea and vomiting, spinal cord stimulation, as well as NIH funded translational studies and studies to test a clinical monitoring device. We are looking to expand these efforts. We are interested in developing a Center for Health Services Research focused on large database analysis of perioperative outcomes to complement our efforts on original basic or clinical research, including studies on disparity in health care outcomes of ethnic and minority communities. We have close collaborations with the Biostatistics Core and the Clinical Trial Monitoring Organization (CTMO) in the College of Medicine to meet all our statistical needs, regulatory support, compliance on human subject research, and aid in our budgets and clinical staff recruitment efforts.

Team-Science involving PhD and MD investigators is highly valued and encouraged in our discipline. Mentorship through the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research (CATALYST) team. The CATALYST program provides a peer group of scholars with a range of interests in health services research and implementation science, mentorship by senior investigators, and training through seminars, didactics, leadership development activities and mentored development of grant applications.

Any questions can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee Dr. Fedias L. Christofi ( or the Chair of Anesthesiology, Dr. Richard Urman (


Ph.D. and/or M.D degree, post-doctoral training, a commitment to basic, translational and/or clinical research and a history of strong research productivity.

Individuals will be evaluated on their ability to establish innovative independent research programs, their funding history and ability to secure NIH (or equivalent funding) as well as develop collaborative areas of focus with existing programs.

Mindset and track record reflecting adherence to standards of professional ethical conduct.

In aggregate, accomplishments should be sufficiently compelling that the appointee is judged to have significant potential to attain tenure and a distinguished record as a faculty member in the department.

Salary commensurate with previous training and experience.

Faculty interested in a tenure track faculty position are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified individuals pursuing a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professors if they have demonstrated potential to succeed on the tenure to develop an independent research program (i.e. with a K Award, R00/R03 or other competitive early-career awards in Anesthesiology such as FAER, IARS, ASA, or Foundation grants, etc.) or faculty at advanced rank who have demonstrated a record of sustained NIH R01 funding (or equivalent competitive funding in the past).

Opportunities exist for recruitment of faculty in a leadership position (directorship role) in emerging or new areas of investigation with great potential for growth for qualified investigators.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list for the past 30 years. We are once again ranked No. 1 in Columbus and No. 2 in Ohio. Nine of our specialties received a national ranking and three other specialties are rated as high performing. In addition, we were rated as high performing in 14 surgical procedures and medical conditions, which means we perform in the top 10% of nationally rated hospitals.  In 2022, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center earned a spot in the Top 100 on the Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers for the second consecutive year. This is an exciting recognition, and it means Americans who were surveyed see the medical center as a top employer. 

Our unparalleled benefits package includes retirement, medical and dental plans, malpractice, conference/vacation and tuition reimbursement for qualifying dependents. Additionally, the College of Medicine at OSUWMC offers a unique and highly active mentorship program geared toward career advancement of new faculty members. 

The University and Medical Center are home to an exciting, growth-oriented culture of innovation and discovery. A new 800+ bed state-of-the-art hospital is under construction on the campus of the university and we have tremendous shared-core-facilities for investigators, and strong mentoring and career development support through the Faculty Advancement, Mentoring & Education (FAME) program for junior faculty and trainees, including an NIH CTSA grant in the COM to support our future clinician scientists. Our Medical Scientist Program is supported by a T32 training grant for MD/PhD students providing prospective PhD students who aspire to be clinician scientists.        

Environment and Culture

The Ohio State University along with its academic partner The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is located in Columbus, Ohio, the State Capitol and the 14th largest city in the United States. From historic communities and suburban living to college crowds and nightlife, Columbus is a friendly Midwestern town with a metropolitan style. With easy commutes and low cost of living relative to comparable metropolitan areas. Central Ohio has a temperate climate where fall and spring delight while summers are not too oppressively hot or humid and winters are not too cold or snowy. The city is renowned for its leading technological companies, vast academic resources, thriving industry, an eclectic mix of entertainment, dining, and shopping, and easily accessible opportunities for sports and recreation for participants and fans alike. For more about Columbus, please visit


To be considered, please apply online.

Applications should include a research statement detailing planned independent research program, description of previous research experience, grant funding, any notable publications and impact in science, and a detailed curriculum vitae (CV).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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