Job Description

Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) is one of several schools of A.T. Still University (ATSU) that also includes the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (founded in 1892), Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Established in 1995, ASHS is located in the city of Mesa within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. ASHS consists of a variety of Professional and Post­ Professional education programs in the healthcare specialties of Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Audiology, Physician Assistant, and Occupational Therapy. Opportunities for interdisciplinary education and research are available and encouraged. As the founding school of Osteopathic Medicine, ATSU is committed to the integration of body, mind and spirit. Additional information can be obtained from our website at

Three postdoctoral research fellowship positions are available within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (DIHS). The areas of specialized training are: sport-related concussion, practice-based research, and clinical anatomy. A postdoctoral scholar is an individual who has received a doctoral degree and engages in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance their professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow training period in the DIHS at ATSU is part of the training of an educator and researcher in various areas of concentration.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows come to work with faculty mentors in the DIHS to further develop their teaching and scholarly competence. While no degree is offered, this period is nonetheless integral to preparation for a future academic career. Thus, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is not invited to work with a mentor simply to teach specific courses or to perform a specific research project, rather, a broad training program is mutually developed between the trainee and the mentor. Duration of the postdoctoral training period is variable, but is not intended for long-term, indefinite, or career appointments. Postdoctoral duration should take into account when the candidate is ready for the next step of a career pathway. The DIHS generally limits the postdoctoral period to a maximum of three years.

Position: We are seeking a full-time, 12-month, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

The preferred applicant will have:

Professional Qualifications: The preferred applicant will have:

  1. A post-professional doctoral degree in athletic training/ sports medicine or a related field of study
  2. Certification as an athletic trainer by the BOC (minimum of 2 years)
  3. Knowledge in areas of research methodology with particular interest in either sport-related concussion, practice-based research, or clinical anatomy
  4. Previous health care research experience (eg, grant writing, grant implementation, and budget monitoring)

Personal Characteristics or Traits:

  1. Ability and patience to work well with students and parents to obtain necessary informed consent for research
  2. Ability to prioritize his/her time in order to meet the diverse needs of a broad array of responsibilities
  3. Ability to manage a very diverse and unique set of research aims and individuals through a multiphase project
  4. Ability to perform duties autonomously with minimal supervision and maintain confidentiality
  5. Ability to be a highly professional, detail-oriented team player


  1. Conduct original research
  2. Collaborate with faculty engaged in original
  3. Advise and/or co-advise masters theses and doctoral applied research
  4. Teach courses as assigned
  5. Engage in professional
  6. Other duties as assigned

Skill & Experience:
Experience teaching human anatomy to professional healthcare students (eg, medical, dental, PA students) Clinical experience in a health profession is desired, but not required. Dissection of human cadavers. Demonstrated capacity to conduct original investigative research.

Special Characteristics or Personality Traits:
Outstanding interpersonal communication skills. Excellent time management skills. Patience and ability to work well with students who have varied degrees of experience and interest in learning human anatomy. High aptitude and interest in original research.

Job Description:
Human anatomy didactic and cadaver and virtual laboratory education of the health professions students on the Mesa campus. Responsible to collaborate on original research investigations.  Engage in multiple educational and research projects pertaining to faculty mentor areas of interest and expertise.

Salary: Minimum $50,880. Benefits are provided. Effective Date: July 01, 2019

Application Materials Required: Positions are open until filled. Individuals may choose to apply for multiple positions if they have genuine interests in more than one area (e.g., sport-related concussion and practice-based research). Review of completed applications will begin immediately. Please submit the following application materials through the Human Resources portal: 1) letter of application addressing qualifications, personal characteristics, and responsibilities, and 2) curriculum vitae.

Contact: Eric L. Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Professor and Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Arizona School of Health Sciences
A. T. Still University
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206