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  • Tenure track position-Department of Physical Therapy, University of Nevada Las Vegas

    Physical Therapy, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences [18542]

    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Physical Therapy, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences [18542]

    Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities.
    The university is committed to enhancing efforts to attract and retain top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.


    The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


    Established in 1998, the Department of Physical Therapy at UNLV is housed with the School of Allied Health Sciences along with the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences and the Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences. The program is fully accredited through CAPTE and graduated its first class of DPT students in 2006. The overall NPTE pass rate is 100%. For more information, please visit us at:

    ROLE of the POSITION

    This is a full time, 9 month position for one faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor and two faculty positions at the rank of Associate or full Professor which will be filled within the tenure track or tenured. Primary responsibilities include the development of a program of research leading to publications in refereed journals and procuring external grant support for this research. There is some teaching associated with the position but the primary focus of the position is on a program of research. This position may also require mentoring and advising responsibilities in a newly developed Interdisciplinary Health Science PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences. Additionally, this position will be required to participate in university, professional and department service activities. The successful candidate will be expected to meet University criteria related to research, teaching and service. The successful candidate will also be expected to adhere to UNLV Top Tier Initiatives regarding research productivity which include external grant support and publication in high impact peer reviewed journals. Anticipated start date will be August 2018.


    Minimum Qualifications
    • Earned terminal academic doctorate or medical doctorate degree in an area of expertise related to physical therapy, rehabilitation sciences, applied or basic sciences, behavioral sciences, or neuroscience (specific research area within neuroscience is open and may include pre-clinical models or clinical approaches) from a regionally accredited college or university. The specific program of research is not as important as is the quality of the research program and the capacity to attract external grant support.
    • Evidence of scholarship, including publications in peer-reviewed journal
    • History of effective and successful grantsmanship
    • Teaching experience in graduate programs
    • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with diverse populations
    • Ability to collaborate, solve problems and be flexible
    • Demonstrated ability to learn, develop and apply new technologies

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Postdoctoral training
    • Established record of extramural funding
    • Leadership and administrative experience
    • Current well-established extramurally funded research program that includes translational approaches to investigate connections between physical activity and neurobiological processes, physical therapy benefits in neurological disorders, and/or advanced quantitative analysis of neurobiological data (electrophysiological, genomic, proteomic) as it relates to physical therapy.
    • Candidate whose research would overlap with established and emerging research programs in Las Vegas investigating neurodegenerative disorders or the growing neuroscience community at UNLV would be a plus; however, all candidates with a strong neuroscience research background will be considered.
    • Active research agenda and/or clinical expertise in pediatrics, cardiopulmonary care, neuroscience, genomics, regenerative medicine, obesity, geriatrics, epidemiology.
    • Interest in application of a program of research to an applied discipline such as Physical Therapy. Thus, a translational application to the individual's program of research will be important.


    Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is contingent upon funding.

    Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin immediately. Materials should be addressed to Drs. Keoni Kins and Jing-Nong Liang, Search Committee Co-chairs, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or


    UNLV Human Resources
    University of Nevada Las Vegas


    Online App. Form:

    UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.