Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology (78925)

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

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Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology (78925)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Aug 29, 2021

The Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). The candidate will contribute to the academic areas of physiology, with an emphasis on skeletal muscle or cardiovascular physiology. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. The search committee welcomes nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

We are seeking a candidate who can complement and extend our current department research strengths in physiology, which includes exercise physiology, muscle biology, neuromuscular physiology, and cardiovascular physiology. With 29 full-time faculty, the Department is one of the premier applied physiology and kinesiology programs with nationally and internationally recognized research. It has an established history of research excellence: in 2020-2021 the Department had over $5.3M in total research expenditures supported by NIH, NSF, NASA, DoD, industry, and foundations. The Department currently enrolls approximately 1,100 students (1,067 undergraduate, 317 graduate) and is housed in state-of-the-art research facilities and lecture halls. The extensive dedicated research space includes 8,869 sq. ft. for animal research and 7,839 sq. ft. for human research. Cutting-edge and ample laboratory space is available to support the candidate, alongside existing laboratories including several shared core facilities with state-of-the art equipment for electrophysiology, locomotion, exercise training and motor performance evaluation, cell culture, molecular biology, biochemical analyses, and neuroimaging analyses. Opportunities for collaborative research exist not only in the Department, but also across the University campus, where there is broad expertise in physiological disciplines organized through various centers and institutes including: Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation, Center for Exercise Science, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, the UF Diabetes Institute, UF Health Cancer Center, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, Myology Institute, Institute of Aging, Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology, and the McKnight Brain Institute.

The University of Florida is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university. UF is a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization comprising the top public and private institutions in North America, and UF is in the Top 6 of Public Universities in the United States. With an enrollment of over 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. The Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of our community, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Thousands of projects were funded with a record $942 million in research awards to the University of Florida for the last fiscal year. The University has established a vigorous umbrella organization, UF Innovate, to enable investigators to translate their research into licensed technology, startup companies, and to partner investors with faculty. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies, lakes, and opportunities for many outdoor activities, with moderate temperatures almost all year round. Gainesville has an excellent school system, with a number of public schools ranked highly in the state and nation.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in physiology, biophysics, exercise physiology/kinesiology, engineering, or a related field, and postdoctoral training is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must have a promising or distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments, success or promise in obtaining extramural funding for research, and promise for teaching excellence. Applicants should also have strong communication skills along with a commitment to integrity, academic excellence, professional service, and inclusion.

Application Instructions:

This is a 9-month (1.0 FTE) tenure-accruing position. UF has a competitive benefits package, and department faculty are eligible for summer salary. We will begin evaluation of candidates November 1, 2021, but will accept applications until December 31, 2021. All applications must be submitted online at and should include a copy of the following: (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, (2) complete curriculum vitae, (3) a description of research interests and goals, and (4) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The start date is August 16, 2022, or as negotiated at time of contract. Send inquiries and nominations to the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, Rachael Seidler, [email protected] and Terence Ryan, [email protected].

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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