Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Posting Date: 03/24/2021

Closing Date: 07/01/2021

Job Information/Description:


POSITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy (PSP) at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to join their research team. This is a co-funded position (50% each) created in collaboration with the Cancer Institute at WVU. This 12-month tenure track position is available from July 1, 2021 and the appointment will be based on candidates’ experiences and qualifications. Salary and start-up packages are competitive.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position housed in the PSP department in the School of Pharmacy. The successful candidate is expected to work with the faculty at the Cancer Institute to establish an independently funded research program with a focus on cancer research including cancer epidemiology, cancer prevention and control research, and cancer disparities. Candidate engaged in clinically relevant outcomes research with experiences in cancer-related dissemination and implementation science is desirable. The candidate is also expected to interact effectively with collaborators from diverse disciplines, mentor doctoral students, provide instruction for courses in the health services and outcomes research (HSOR) graduate program and the Doctor of Pharmacy professional program, as well as provide service to both the PSP department and School of Pharmacy.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in health-related disciplines with a strong cancer research focus in pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, health services research, economics, health policy or related field. Candidates are expected to demonstrate abilities for securing externally funded, peer-reviewed research. Candidates must also possess a commitment to excellence in educating and advising graduate and pharmacy students. Candidates should interact effectively with collaborators from diverse disciplines and be eligible for appointment to the graduate faculty in order to teach and mentor graduate students engaged in health services and outcomes research.

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY: The School of Pharmacy has a nationally recognized Ph.D. graduate program in health services and outcomes research with 12 Ph.D. students. The internationally diverse students regularly receive awards for excellence at national and international meetings and have earned notable positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, research organizations and government.

The School of Pharmacy offers other potential opportunities for collaborative research (see The Rational Drug Therapy Program, which is supported by West Virginia state agencies, provides not only excellent and cost-effective services but provides fast efficient and customer-oriented responses to the medical providers and pharmacists of WV. Safe & Effective Management of Pain Program® (SEMPP) is a coordinated care program for patients on chronic opioid therapy which offer opportunities to facilitate the best pain management practices. Established partnerships with the state Medicaid program and the state health insurance program, managed care organizations, several pharmaceutical companies, and the nearby National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (N.I.O.S.H.). In addition, the PSP department also has a data repository established through the Agency for Health Research and Quality’s “Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity” funding, which houses many federal, state, and commercial datasets on a centralized server for research. In addition, research faculty and graduate programs in business, communication, education, psychology, public administration, computer science, and sociology provide exceptional opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration and research.

The West Virginia University Cancer Institute (WVU CI) is one of the five Centers of Excellence of WVU Medicine, the WVU Health Science Center (HSC) and WVU Health System (WVU HS). The WVU CI is attached with the flagship hospital of the WVU HS, JW Ruby Memorial Hospital, ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in the state. The WVU HS is comprised of 15 additional hospitals and 6 managed hospitals. The WVU CI is comprised of the flagship cancer center, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC) located in Morgantown WV, and 10 regional cancer centers across the state. There is significant growth planned for the WVU CI in 2021 with 3 additional critical access hospital infusions centers, and two more community hospital acquisitions by WVU Medicine. The HSC campus has an active and vibrant research community with extensive focus on cancer treatment, research and prevention. The WVU CI sees and cares for approximately one third of all the new cancer cases across the state diagnosed each year. The large clinical practice, with clinicians dedicated to patient care and translation research, provides an environment rich for research focused on cancer epidemiology, cancer prevention and population-based research, cancer disparities, developing and testing dissemination or implementation strategies, and research on barriers and/or facilitators to evidence-based practices across the cancer care continuum.

The School of Pharmacy and the Cancer Institute are located in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, a comprehensive academic health sciences with access to vast resources and five major schools: Pharmacy, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry and health professionals in a tertiary-care teaching hospital. WVU has recognized interdisciplinary research centers including the state-of-the-art cancer, heart and vascular, and neuroscience centers and the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) providing potential opportunities for collaborative research. Additional information for each can be found at:

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute:
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute:

West Virginia University is a land grant Carnegie-designated Doctoral Research/Extensive Institution, with over 29,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate/professional students. The Morgantown area has approximately 134,000 residents and is rated as one of the best small towns in the US, with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside, many outdoor activities, and is within easy driving distance to Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC. WVU is #20 on The Scientist’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in Academia, and Morgantown is listed by the Milken Institute as the #3 Best Performing Small Metro Area for creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an online application at:

Requirements include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For inquiries or additional information, please contact: Virginia Scott, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, PO Box 9510, Morgantown, VW 26506; e-mail: [email protected]; telephone 304-293-1553; fax 304-293-2529.

Contact Information:

For inquiries or additional information, please contact: Virginia Scott, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, PO Box 9510, Morgantown, VW 26506; e-mail: [email protected]; telephone 304-293-1553; fax 304-293-2529.