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Assistant Professor in Anatomic Pathology
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Date Posted Aug. 3, 2022
Title Assistant Professor in Anatomic Pathology
University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
North Grafton, MA, United States
Department Comparative Pathobiology
Application Deadline Until Filled
Position Start Date Negotiable
  • Assistant Professor
  • Pathology/Pathobiology
    Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology in Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is accepting applications for an assistant professor of anatomic pathology who has a strong interest in developing and supporting an active, independent research program, is a capable teacher, and has diagnostic expertise.  Comparative pathobiology is a multi-disciplinary department, with expertise in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, neurosciences, physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, and veterinary education.

Opportunities for independent and collaborative research are available across Cummings School, Tufts University, and other regional universities. The Department of Comparative Pathobiology houses our Comparative Pathobiology and Genomics Shared Resources and a Flow Cytometry Shared Resources to support investigator research. In addition, other unique resources at Cummings School include the BSL-3 New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory, Clinical Research Shared Resource and Clinical Trials Office, Animal Resources Division, and participation in Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Areas of strength at Cummings include neurosciences, infectious disease, global health, cardiovascular health, comparative oncology, and clinical research. In addition to developing an independent or team-based research program, collaboration with clinicians to support clinic research is encouraged.

Teaching opportunities in anatomic pathology occur in the clinical and pre-clinical years of the DVM curriculum. The successful candidate is also expected to engage in training anatomic pathology residents.

Diagnostic duties are fulfilled through the Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CVDL), which primarily serves our teaching hospitals and clinics that care for over 100,000 animals per year.  At full staffing, the CVDL is supported by four anatomic pathologists, four clinical pathologists, three anatomic pathology residents, a manager, two administrative staff, and 13 – 15 technical staff. When fully staffed, the CVDL manages a robust anatomic pathology caseload consisting primarily of dogs, cats, exotics and zoologic species, lesser numbers of horses, alpacas, small ruminants, and wildlife. This includes processing approximately 2,300 biopsies and 550 necropsies per year.  With submissions coming from both primary and tertiary care facilities, we see a rich diversity of cases, both common and unique, providing ample teaching resources and supporting research and scholarly activity.

This position is continuous term track (tenure track equivalent). As a comprehensive faculty position, time will be distributed between educational activity, diagnostic activity, research, and service.  The time available for research will be dependent on the interests and experience of the candidate and will typically range from 12 – 26 weeks per year. Research time above 26 weeks per year (e.g., up to 75% of time) is reserved for those with external salary support through grants and awards.  Service commitments are typically 3 – 5 weeks for an assistant professor. The remainder of available time is devoted to diagnostic and educational activity.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold a DVM or equivalent degree and be eligible for veterinary licensure in Massachusetts. Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists or European College of Veterinary Pathologists in veterinary anatomic pathology is required at, or within two years of hire. The successful candidate must have demonstrated research training and/or experience. A PhD or equivalent degree would be considered an asset. A successful publication record appropriate for the stage of career is expected. The candidate must have the ability to develop as an independent researcher. The ability to work with diverse stakeholders and effective communication skills are required. Teaching experience and expertise at a level expected of junior faculty member is required.

 Application Procedure:  Review of applications will begin August 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their qualifications and experience, research interests and expertise, diagnostic experience and interests, teaching experience and interests, and their reasons for applying for the position.  The cover letter should also address the candidate’s strengths and experiences in diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to teaching, research, and/or service. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references should be provided.

Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio ( The position start date is negotiable, with a start date by January 2022 preferred.  Direct any questions to the department chair, Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes at

Cummings School is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre semi-rural campus, forty-five minutes west of Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts.  There is a regional rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. 
    Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at 

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes
    Comparative Pathobiology
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
    200 Westboro Road
    North Grafton, MA 01536


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