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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670055060 Kinesiology
Job no: 516045
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional, Applied Sciences, Kinesiology / Physical Education
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Kinesiology, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is currently seeking a 9-month Assistant Professor to join their team in the Integrative Physiology Program. Candidates who bring innovative approaches to studying any under-explored/unexplored questions broadly related to physiology, integrating both basic and clinical research with a human research subject focus, are encouraged to apply. This tenure-track position will report directly to the Department Head.

To support the successful candidate’s research program, competitive start-up and dedicated laboratory space will be provided. To facilitate clinical research, Kansas State University and the Department of Kinesiology have established a formal research affiliation with Stormont Vail Health System, comprised of Stormont Vail Hospital, Cotton O’Neil, and Cotton O’Neil Pediatrics, with more than 250 physicians and >200,000 patients served each year. This affiliation includes enhanced patient access, clinical specialties, and shared resources. In addition, shared laboratory space is also available within the department for those engaging in wet laboratory and animal model research in parallel to their human research.

Successful candidate’s research interests may include but are not restricted to; cardiovascular physiology, cell/molecular physiology, neural control and autonomic regulation, endocrine physiology, environmental physiology, renal physiology, muscle physiology, respiratory physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, and clinical genetics/genomics. Moreover, the department seeks candidates committed to scholarly productivity who will conduct nationally visible, funded research that complements department, college, and university research initiatives. Candidates will also be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate kinesiology and integrative physiology programs, mentor graduate students, and provide University and professional service.

This 9-month position at the rank of assistant professor has a preferred starting date of August 2024, with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Why Join Us:

The Department of Kinesiology includes core faculty within three programs: Integrative Physiology, Public Health, and Kinesiology with more than 550 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students in the department. The department provides a collegial and supportive environment through both the faculty and highly-ranked graduate program, fostering high-quality research. The department has a strong life science, public health, clinical, and biomedical publication record with extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the American Cancer Society. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for collaboration with other faculty members, faculty in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and other departments and programs across campus, including unique intramural NIH funding opportunities. Moreover, the College houses diverse clinical, applied, and basic physiology faculty members, collectively representing both broad and in-depth expertise in general physiology, molecular biology, and clinical medicine.

The intellectual environment at Kansas State University (KSU), particularly within the Department of Kinesiology, is highly favorable. As an R1 institution, KSU boasts an exceptional research infrastructure, with an annual research expenditure exceeding $200 million and more than 350 granted patents. KSU is home to over 90 research centers and institutes, including, but not limited to, the Johnson Cancer Research Center, the Center on Aging, the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology, and the Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. To further support research endeavors, the KSU office of the Vice President for Research offers programs such as the Faculty Research Development Awards and University Small Research Grants Program.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, Physician Assistant program, and a Nursing partnership with Wichita State University. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.


Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D., MD or equivalent degree in integrative physiology, kinesiology, or related field (earned by start date)
  • Focused line of research in cardiovascular, cell & molecular physiology, neural control & autonomic regulation, endocrine & metabolism, environmental, renal, muscle, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and clinical genetics & genomics or related field with human research subject focus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent faculty appointment
  • Record of extramural funding
  • University teaching experience in relevant area(s)
  • Experience mentoring students in research

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications and expectations described above
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Statement of research interests and teaching/mentoring interests and philosophy
  4. Contact information for three professional references (references will only be contacted after advancement in candidacy and after the candidate has granted permission)

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Carl Ade, at with the subject line: KINES Assistant Professor Search.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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