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Research Scientist/Academic in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Research Scientist/Academic in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

The College of Health Sciences – Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) – Columbia invites applications for a full-time Research Scientist/Academic position. This position will work within the lab or Dr. Teresa Pitts, Department Chair and Associate Professor. The Research Scientist will use their experience to support in vivo research in a pre-clinical laboratory using small and large animal models of airway protection and respiration. They will display independent discretion and judgement within the predetermined research scope of the lab. The Research Scientist will be expected to analyze and present their work in the context of the research field. Secondary responsibilities include assisting and coordinating with other laboratory members. The Research Scientist will have the ability to successfully apply their experience and knowledge to new scientific questions.

The Research Scientist has will perform research in the neurophysiology of airway protective reflexes and respiration. Duties include but are not limited to:

Assisting in setting up the laboratory

Performing basic laboratory research

Maintaining a functioning laboratory

Purchasing and organizing necessary equipment/supplies

Coordinating research with laboratory members and collaborators

Communicating research results

The Research Scientist will report regularly to Dr. Pitts, and will interact with other lab members and collaborators to facilitate research and to benefit the laboratory environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in physiology, neuroscience, or related field prior to application

Research background and experience in respiratory neurophysiology or related field

Candidates will be evaluated on years of postdoctoral research experience and experience in electrophysiology in mammals, including recording signals from whole nerves, neurons, and electromyography.

Applications must be submitted on-line through the University of Missouri website along with curriculum vita/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references at: (search for Job Opening 48452).

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.

The MU College of Health Sciences (CHS) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only public health program located on a health sciences campus. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. Every day, CHS faculty, staff, and students work towards changing lives through the integration of teaching, service and discovery.

With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, public health. and social work, graduates of CHS fill critical roles in health care. The school is comprised of eight departments and 14 disciplines, each with their own specialized accreditation processes. The school also hosts a satellite program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy.

Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce. Jobs in health professions are projected to grow at least through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The school is an important member of the University of Missouri Health System. Other members include the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Clinics and University Physicians.

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.



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Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

Additional Info

Instructions : Applications must be submitted on-line through the University of Missouri website along with curriculum vita/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references at: (search for Job Opening 48452).

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