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Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Welfare and Behavior, Tenure Track
University of Pennsylvania

Date Posted May 4, 2022
Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Animal Welfare and Behavior, Tenure Track
University University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Department Animal Welfare
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2023
  • Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Neurosciences (all categories)
    Veterinary Medicine - General

The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine, Section of Medicine invites qualified individuals to apply for an open faculty position in the Tenure Track (TT) in Animal Welfare and Behavior (AWB) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The strongest candidates for this position will have a record of, or clear potential for scholarship in, AWB science that includes extramural grants, studies, and program development. The successful candidate's primary area of focus might involve any number of AWB scientific fields including animal behavior and welfare science, cognitive neuroscience, and human-animal interaction, amongst others. However, a focus on companion animals will be preferred. Members of standing faculty in the Tenure Track (TT) are primarily devoted to research in their field of expertise. TT Faculty annually spend no more than 5-15% of their time in clinical patient care, teaching, and/or service. It is imperative that the candidate's primary and driving career interests and goals include scholarly accomplishment in the field, procurement of funding to support their research, and that they fully understand the duties and expectations specific to the TT track. In addition to scholarship, TT faculty also must excel in teaching and/or service.

The successful candidate will enjoy a wealth of opportunities that will enable them to fulfill these responsibilities in a highly collaborative environment within an active academic teaching hospital ( and The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage and/or integrate with established and interdisciplinary programs within the School of Veterinary Medicine, including Behavior Medicine (, Shelter Medicine (, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (, and the MSc program in Animal Welfare and Behavior ( The candidate will also have ample opportunity for collaboration with faculty at our large animal hospital and research centers at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center Campus (

The University provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes multiple options for retirement savings and tuition benefits for the candidate's spouse and/or dependent children. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual who enjoys living and working in a vibrant urban environment with an abundance of cultural resources, including music, art, theaters, and fine dining ( Philadelphia offers easy access to New York and Washington DC. Additionally, Wissahickon Valley Park, Valley Forge National Park, and many more recreational amenities are within minutes of the city for the nature enthusiast.

Candidates should possess a doctoral degree or degrees. While not a requirement, individuals with a DVM/VMD or other doctoral veterinary degrees are encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted immediately. Though negotiable, the anticipated start date of the position is January 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The strongest candidates will have a demonstrated record of academic success, however, candidates with less experience but with a drive and desire for academic excellence and research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should apply electronically The system will prompt you to attach a letter of intent including a statement of personal goals, research goals, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references. The letters should be directed to Dr. Susan Volk, Associate Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3900 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010; Questions regarding the position should be sent to Sandra LaMonaca, Search Coordinator

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all employees at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

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