Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 27, 2021
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Job Description

Virginia Tech (VT) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the School of Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking a candidate that will apply innovative approaches to computational, cellular, molecular or systems neuroscience that will complement the expertise of the 18 primary faculty members who have joined the School of Neuroscience since 2015 (http://www.neuroscience.vt.edu) Successful candidates will establish a competitive research program that can attract extramural funding from a wide variety of funding agencies. Competitive salary, space, and start‐up packages will be provided.

Virginia Tech has become a destination university for the nation’s best students interested in Neuroscience. The School of Neuroscience offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum, that includes four distinct majors: Clinical Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Computational and Systems Neuroscience, and Experimental Neuroscience. Following a “Hands‐on, Minds‐on” philosophy, Virginia Tech undergraduates engage in scholarly research and discovery activities as part of their training. In addition to housing ~800 undergraduate majors, the School of Neuroscience also recently launched a Neuroscience Ph.D. program. Prospective faculty members must show an interest in teaching undergraduates and graduate students, be prepared to develop innovative courses, and include these trainees as a component of their research program.

Required Qualifications

All applicants must have earned a doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., MD/Ph.D., DVM) in a relevant discipline with post‐doctoral experience at the time of appointment. We are specifically interested in applicants whose research program will include computational approaches to understand the function, circuits, development, or cellular and molecular diversity of the nervous system. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in neuroscience‐related research as evidenced by:
(1) peer‐reviewed publications and prior funding through individual federal or foundation support;
(2) a vision to establish an independent research program with a high likelihood to be competitive for extramural grant support;
(3) demonstrated experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research;
(4) vision, creativity, and leadership skills;
(5) a willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries;
(6) a true desire to advise and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socio‐economic status, interests, and abilities.

Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter describing their interest in the department, curriculum vitae, at least three references, a 3‐page research statement, a 1‐page teaching statement describing an integrated vision for Neuroscience education, and a diversity statement. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

The School of Neuroscience feels strongly that inclusion, equity, and diversity are values that we promote and hold in the highest regard. To be successful, faculty must not only excel in the domains of scholarship, education, and service, but are expected to contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School, University, and/or community. The School of Neuroscience therefore seeks candidates that share these important values and embrace diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense. The School of Neuroscience does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Moreover, we do not tolerate acts of racial misconduct and condemn inappropriate behavior.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with research programs that integrate and complement existing research programs in the School of Neuroscience and relate to programmatic needs of our undergraduate and graduate curricula. Existing grant support, while a good indicator for future funding potential, is not required.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

Review Begins 9/10/2021; Open Until Filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jonathan Hedrick at hedrick1@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.