Assistant Professor of Clinical Parasitology, Clinician-Educator

University of Pennsylvania

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Professional Fields, Veterinary Science
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is seeking a new faculty member to hold the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Parasitology in the Clinician Educator track. This position involves teaching, research and diagnostic parasitology.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will function as head of the Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory that serves Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital for small animals, the Widener Hospital for large animals at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System Branch, and the Wildlife Futures Program, the latter of which are also located at New Bolton Center. Also, the candidate will provide consultative parasitology service to clients and provide recommendations on new technologies relative to parasitology assays. The chosen candidate will be based at the diagnostic lab in the Philadelphia campus.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching parasitology to VMD students via didactic lectures, wet labs and clinical rotations for 4th year veterinary students. The Clinical Parasitologist will be expected to participate in ongoing curricular re-design efforts now underway at Penn Vet and to coordinate use and maintenance of the multidisciplinary teaching laboratories on the Philadelphia campus of the school.

The successful candidate will enjoy a wealth of opportunities that will enable fulfillment of these responsibilities in a highly collaborative, outstanding diagnostic laboratory environment within a busy academic teaching hospital. The Department of Pathobiology is home to leaders in the fields of helminth and protozoal parasitology and immunology of parasitic disease with excellent opportunities for collaboration. Faculty within the Department also include multiple board-certified microbiologists as well as pathologists and a toxicologist who are committed to a team-based approach to providing top-tier diagnostic service and consultation. Adjacent to the veterinary hospital are three world-class biomedical hospitals and research centers, which also provide excellent opportunities for collaboration: The Perelman School of Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Wistar Institute (

Additional information on the department may be found at

Retirement and tuition benefits

The University provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes multiple options for retirement savings and tuition benefits for the candidate's spouse or dependent children. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual who enjoys working in a vibrant urban environment with an abundance of cultural resources, including music, art, theatres, and fine dining ( Philadelphia offers easy access to New York and Washington DC. Additionally, Wissahickon Valley Park, Valley Forge National Park, and many more recreational amenities are within minutes of the city.

Salary will be commensurate with the candidate's training and experience.
VMD/DVM, and/or a PhD in a relevant field and expertise in diagnostic veterinary parasitology. It is expected that if they hold a DVM/VMD, the successful candidate will be board certified or board eligible in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists/Parasitology Specialty or equivalent specialty college. Excellent communication and writing skills are required.
Application Instructions
Each application must include 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, 3) research statement and 4) the names and contact information of three professional references.

The search committee will begin considering applications immediately, with an intended start date in Fall 2021.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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