Assistant Professor - Pathology

Grand Forks, ND
Mar 24, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Pathology Department, Assistant Professor, Forensic and Autopsy Pathology

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe Department of Pathology at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS) is recruiting innovative, academically oriented forensic pathologists in a unique regional forensic and autopsy practice.  Our caseload is very manageable with approximately 400 autopsies shared among 3 – 5 pathologists, the use of para-professionals and development of electronic support for the practice of the future. Other sub-specialties such as neuropathology, pediatric, cardiac, environmental or other subspecialty interest complimentary to autopsy practice is possible. There is no general surgical pathology or hospital AP/CP associated with this position.  The position is a unique opportunity to build a strong and innovative pathology practice dedicated to autopsy and specialty areas of pathology. Excellent relationships exist between ND pathology groups, local government and law enforcement communities.  Our office receives strong support from these agencies who also value and support our total objectivity and independence. The facility is less than 10 years old, spacious and National Association of Medical Examiners accredited.  We want to advance the practice of forensic pathology, incorporating electronic reporting, use of para-professionals and integration into public health and safety monitoring for the community with development of electronic reporting and data collection.   

Grand Forks is a low-crime, safe and family-oriented community with a very reasonable cost of living, allowing the applicant to concentrate on public health, research, including forensic, health outcomes, rural and diversity healthcare, particularly with Native American populations and new Americans.  There is a low homicide rate, reducing time in court and testimony.  We are committed to each pathologist’s career development and advancement of the profession.  With the strong support of the school and state, we anticipate initiating a forensic fellowship in the near future.  The cost of living in Grand Forks is low with excellent schools, and an abundance of outdoor activities with parks, miles of dual use trails, community fitness centers including indoor hockey and a community golf course.  All the advantages of a college culture are present with arts, sports and a wide variety of clubs and interest groups.  Free tuition for you, 50% tuition reduction for family members, full family premium health plan and an excellent TIAA-CREF retirement plan with substantial contributions (7.5 – 13%) from the University.

Major Responsibilities


    Contribute to the full range of teaching responsibilities of the Department of Pathology: Teach, advise and mentor medical, health science, MPH, graduate and other students as assigned including professional students and paraprofessionals involved in death investigation and related disciplines.

    Participate in ongoing curriculum development, review and improvement within medical curriculum. 

    Develop and deliver interdisciplinary educational activities.  Learners and trainees will include medical and health science professional students, MPH students, peers, undergraduate and K-12 students as well as multiple agencies and individuals involved in death investigation and forensic practice.

Clinical Service: 

Performance of medical legal and medical autopsies

Participation and development of regional medical legal death investigation system

Participation in quality management of autopsy and forensic practice including preparation and maintaining accreditation, conferences, disaster planning and workgroups / committees as assigned.

Other sub-specialty pathology practice (neuropath, pediatric) if qualified and assigned (optional)

Research/Scholarly Activity: 

Collaborate or initiate research within pathology and forensic medicine / science. 

Effectively communicate findings in peer reviewed journals and professional presentations.

Participate in public health and funding opportunities relating to medicolegal death investigation, public and population health as opportunities arise.

Service:  Contribute to medical legal death investigation within region; service to UND and North Dakota within areas of professional expertise.

Specific tasks that help carry out the key responsibilities

    Ability to meet with students, contribute to, develop, and implement curriculum.Ability to perform forensic and hospital autopsies; design, participate and supervise medical death investigation systemsVisual skills and integrative ability to diagnose microscopic findings, including frozen sections and special stains.Ability to recognize, interpret and integrate findings from disparate sources including visual, written and auditory findings from autopsy, scene, medical records, verbal reports and various investigative reports.Effective and sensitive verbal and written communication to bereaved individuals, medical, legal and investigatory individuals; Ability to communicate, professionally and effectively, the findings to various stakeholders, including expert witness testimony in legal proceedings.Delivery of education in various settings including on-line lectures, video conferencing, large class lectures, small group and individual interactionsInteract with dignity, respect and empathy with family members and bereaved; sensitivity to cultural, religious and ethnic practices and beliefs related to death process.Effectively collaborate within research groups and contribute pathologic and medical interpretations of findings; form and test hypothesis related to pathology and forensic findings.Effectively work with ND stakeholders in public health and prevention initiatives relating to conditions relating to death investigation, medical surveillance and risk assessment.Ability to drive and travel independently, including maintaining a valid driver’s license.Fluency in spoken and written English; understanding of “street slang” that may be inherent to various forensic investigations, tolerance in exposure to potentially offensive language, expressions and situations which may be encountered during job performance.Respect, tolerance and accommodation, within legal boundaries, for a wide range of practices and rituals related to death customs and ceremonies that may be disparate with personal beliefs.

Physical demands of the position:

    Physical performance of autopsy including lifting, prolonged standing, moving and dissection required.  Sight for gross autopsy, microscopic and death investigationAcute hearing required for autopsy investigation, educational activities with students and professional“On call” availability including night, holiday and weekend coverage.

Mental demands of the position; i.e.:

    Interpreting complex findings from various resources in death investigation, forensic pathology and research.Exposure and dealing with acutely bereaved, violent crime and deceased individuals.  This may include hazardous and/or mass fatality situations.Coordination of educational activities including assessment, redesign and delivery.
Minimum Requirements
  • M.D. or D.O. Degree.  International equivalent degrees, satisfactory for licensure in MN, ND, and SD may be considered on individual basis.
  • Candidates must be eligible for physician licensure in ND, MN and SD and maintain physician licensure in these states for employment. 
  • Applicants must have or be eligible for and achieve board certification in Anatomic Pathology and in Forensic Pathology from the American Board of Pathology (ABP) within three years of appointment and must maintain board certification for continued employment.  Applicants with Board Certification in Anatomic pathology, forensic pathology from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or other international equivalent who are eligible for licensure in North Dakota, Minnesota and south Dakota can be considered on an individual basis
  • Possession or ability to obtain a passport allowing for routine US-Canadian travel.
  • Valid driver’s license for unrestricted use of motor vehicle (car or light truck).
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, writing and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, interpret and integrate findings from disparate sources
  • Demonstrated to be a self-starter and be collaborative.
  • Interest / experience in education at various levels from public to professional
  • Committed to respect for co-workers and clients.  Appreciation of diversity and cultural respect for all people
  • Interest / Experience with databases and public health
Minimum Hiring Salary

Position: Assistant Professor
Remuneration/Salary: Minimum of $200,000+/year with AP or AP/CP Certification from ABP and satisfactory completion of fellowship.  Must successfully complete sub certification (FP, NP or PP) within three years of hire. Applicants with more experience may start at negotiated salary.  Applicants without AP or AP/CP Board Certification from the American Board of Pathology may start at a lower salary.  The applicant must achieve Board Certification from the American board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology within two years of hire and Forensic Pathology within two additional years of hire.

To ApplyFor full consideration, applicants must submit on-line: 

    Letter of interestCurrent curriculum vitaeContact information for three references
Review of applications will begin February 9, 2021, position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/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 or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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