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Georgia Washington University -- Post-doctoral Scientist[]

Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:
The successful candidate will combine extra-cellular and intracellular recordings, optical imaging of blood flow and/or calcium signals and optogenetic control of neural actvity in vivo to determine the sources and regulators of cortical activity in infant rats. They should have demonstrated expertise in two or more of the following areas: computational analysis of multi-electrode recordings, whole cell recording in vivo or in slices, visual receptive field mapping in animal models, optical imaging of neural activity, viral expression of calcium indicators or optogenetic tools. They will be required to independently develop analysis methodologies for these recordings using MATLAB and other technical software. They will be expected to attend scientific conferences and participate in the intellectual life of the department and Institute for Neuroscience. A PhD in Neuroscience or a related field is required.

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in a Neuroscience or related discipline.
Familiarity with one or more of the following: patch clamp eletrophysiology, computational analysis of neural activity, viral expresion of transgenes, imaging of neuronal activity.


James Madison University -- Assistant Professor Psychology/Neuroscience[]

General Info: The Department of Psychology is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 2014 whose emphasis is in the area of Behavioral Neuroscience. A scholar who utilizes comparative models in understanding behavior is preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities: Primary teaching responsibilities will include regularly teaching our undergraduate Biopsychology course. Additional teaching responsibilities will include courses within the faculty member's areas of expertise and interest that are needed by our department such as a neuroscience-related capstone seminar or laboratory experience, Comparative Animal Behavior, Drugs and Behavior, Statistics, Research Methods or General Education courses. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active program of scholarship that involves students in research. Supervision of honors projects and independent study projects are typical components of a faculty member's assignment. Our faculty serve as academic advisors to Psychology majors and contribute to service activities of the department and university.

Qualifications: The minimum qualifications for this position include: completed doctoral degree in Biological Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience by fall 2014; prior college teaching experience; strong interest in undergraduate instruction and knowledge of best practices in Psychology Pedagogy and documented history of scholarship and interest in continuing research that engages undergraduate students.

Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions: Applicant review will begin November 10, 2013 and will continue until suitable candidates are found. The following materials should be submitted online: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, experience and philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and quality and a description of current research program and future plans (Other Document #1).


Northeastern -- Postdoctoral Research Associate[]

Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the area of sensorimotor control and computational neuroscience. Our research is on motor control and learning, with a focus on stability and variability in human sensorimotor systems. Our laboratory is fully equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities, including a virtual reality set-up with a robot manipulandum, 3D motion analysis system, force plates, EMG, EEG, TMS, and tDCS. The candidate will get involved in existing research projects but is also encouraged to bring to bear his/her expertise to jointly develop new research directions. The position is for one year, with possible renewal for three years.

The Action Lab is connected with the Departments of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at Northeastern University as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Complex Systems. Northeastern University is a dynamically growing research university located in the heart of Boston with its unparalleled academic environment. Our lab has collaborations with colleagues at other institutions in the Boston area, which provides stimulating opportunities for interdisciplinary research.


Ph.D. required in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Neuroscience, Engineering Sciences, and Physics. The applicant should demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach and should have expertise in at least one of the following fields: motor control, motor neuroscience, biomechanics, dynamic modeling. Experience in programming is expected (Matlab, C , Graphics programming, Statistics packages, etc.).

Additional Information:

Please submit a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, and a list of two recommenders. Applications should be sent before December 1, 2013, the position is expected to be filled by January 2014.


Northern Michigan University -- Neuroscience Assistant Professor[]

The Biology Department at Northern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure earning faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2014. The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent. We seek a neuroscientist committed to teaching and scholarship with an active research program that can involve undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities may include neuroscience, human and/or animal physiology, human anatomy, physiology of aging, toxicology, and advanced courses in neuroscience.

Applicant review will begin immediately. The position will be posted until November 22, 2013.
Selection criteria can be viewed at Submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statements of teaching philosophy and research plans; unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references to: the NMU Human Resources web site (

NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.


Pomona College -- tenure-track Assistant Professor of Neuroscience[]

The Pomona College Neuroscience Department seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Neuroscience who studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural function. The successful candidate will contribute to an introductory neuroscience course, offer at least one upper-division course with lab in his/her area of expertise and supervise senior theses. We are seeking outstanding candidates with the ability to integrate undergraduates into an active experimental research program and a demonstrated commitment to recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented groups in the sciences. Competitive start-up funds will be provided. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Send a dossier, including (a) letter of application, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) three statements – one addressing teaching philosophy, one addressing scholarship and one addressing demonstrated ability to mentor a diverse student body, and (d) three letters of recommendation to Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Pomona College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Neuroscience Department supports equal access to higher education and values working in a richly diverse environment. The ideal candidate will have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving higher education for underrepresented students.

UPDATES: Rejection letter received 1/7/14 stating they have hired a candidate. 

Princeton University -- Postdoctoral Research Associate[]

Position Summary: The Department of Psychology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate. Research focuses on the neural circuits underlying reward and motivation (more information at The techniques used in the lab include electrophysiology and optogenetics. Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal (start date: February 1, 2014). PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biology or a related field is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in electrophysiology (either in vivo or in vitro) and computer programming (e.g. MATLAB).
Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for two references.

Essential Qualifications: PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biology or a related field is required.

Education Required: Doctorate Degree

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with electrophysiology (either in vivo or in vitro) and computer programming (e.g. MATLAB).

Comments related to end date: This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal.

Contact: Psychology - 255
Princeton University

Online App. Form:


Stony Brook University, SUNY -- Asst/Assoc Professor[]

Campus Description: Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. Stony Brook Medicine is Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. Many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments with BNL or with Medical School departments.

Budget Title: same as above

Reference Number: F-8174-13-09

Department: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Pharmacological Sciences. Biomolecular Imaging

Salary: Commensurate with Exeprience

Campus: Stony Brook West Campus/HSC

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, neuroscience, or a closely related field, and at least 2 years postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated excellence in innovative research and have strong potential for being able to participate in the teaching mission of the Department they join at undergraduate and graduate levels. Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in Structural Biology using either high-field NMR spectroscopy or cryo-electron microscopy.

Responsibilities & Requirements: The Biomolecular Imaging Cluster is part of an exciting, new initiative, undertaken as part of NY SUNY 2020, to hire 100 faculty members over the next few years to expand teaching and research in emerging fields of study that cut across traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. The interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires are aimed at addressing society's most vexing challenges through the collaboration of natural, life and social sciences; technology; medicine; humanities; policy; business; and the arts. The positions are designated for faculty members whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary. The goals of this initiative are to place Stony Brook University strategically on the emerging frontiers of research and knowledge and to enhance our ability to shape new fields of discovery, learning and engagement.

Imaging biological molecules is key to understanding their function, providing a starting point for rational drug design and protein engineering. Stony Brook University's investment in biomolecular imaging includes newly upgraded high-field NMR facilities, world-class computational resources, and proximity to the new third generation synchrotron facility at Brookhaven National Lab (NSLS-II).

The Biomolecular Imaging cluster will recruit a total of five new faculty whose research interests span a range of imaging modalities including NMR spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy and imaging, ultrahigh resolution light microscopy, cryo-electron microscopy and positron emission tomography coupled with radiotracer synthesis. Academic appointments for cluster faculty will be based on their areas of research and will be in the Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacological Sciences, and/or Neurobiology and Behavior.

Currently we seek to hire two tenure-track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor level to begin Fall 2014. In this round of recruitment, applications from candidates with expertise in Structural Biology using either high-field NMR spectroscopy or cryo-electron microscopy are particularly encouraged.

Special Notes: These are tenure track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Anticipated start date: Fall 2014. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

Application Procedure: Those interested in this position should submit a S tate employment application, a complete curriculum vitae including a publication list of three to five reprints, proposed research plans, statement of teaching interests, and have three letters of recommendation submitted through AcademicJobsOnline posting at Electronic submission of materials is highly preferred.

Alternatively, materials may be sent to:

Biomolecular Imaging Search Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
450 Life Sciences Department
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5215


University of Arizona -- Assistant Professor, Neuroscience[]

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor starting in August 2014. Applicants holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and showing significant potential for innovation, scholarship, and commitment to excellence in research and teaching will be considered. While all applicants studying fundamental problems in neuroscience will be considered, applicants using genetic approaches to study the development, function and/or plasticity of neural circuits will be preferred.
Successful candidates will be expected to establish and maintain a high-profile research program attracting substantial extramural funding and teach undergraduate and graduate students of neuroscience. The appointee will have access to state-of-the-art life science research support facilities and a campus-wide interdisciplinary neuroscience graduate program.
For information and to apply online, go to Review begins 12/1/13 and continues until filled. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer - M/W/D/V


University of Nevada Las Vegas -- Assistant Professor  in neuroscience[]

The Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in neuroscience to begin August 2014. The applicant’s specific research area within neuroscience is open. However, we are particularly interested in candidates with interests in computational neuroscience, or structural/functional brain mapping and connectivity that can add to the department’s existing neuroscience research. We also welcome individuals who can interface with established and emerging research programs in Las Vegas investigating neurodegenerative disorders or autism spectrum disorders. The successful applicant would be expected to add to the department’s growing neuroscience program by teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as well as mentoring student research. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field, and must have evidence of strong scholarly work and the potential for extramural funding. Postdoctoral experience is a plus.

Initial reviews will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Full details about the position, including instructions for the on-line application process, are posted at the departmental website,, and at UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, Materials should be addressed to Jefferson Kinney, Search Committee Chair, at the on-line application address. For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or  UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity. The university and the department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and we strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.


University of Puget Sound -- Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience[]

As a part of the NSF Early CAREER award (2013-2018) to Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan, A full-time research position is available beginning Fall 2013 for a Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in research on the effects of endocrine disruptors on the development and physiology of neurons controlling reproduction both in the embryo and in adulthood. The position will entail research, animal care and undergraduate research training. This initial appointment is expected to end August 31, 2014, with possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement.

The scope of the project will span developmental neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology and behavior. Building upon previous work by the Principal Investigator (PI), exploring physiology of GnRH neurons in the developing embryo ( and the developmental impact of Bisphenol A on fish development (, the project aims to understand the development of the GnRH neuron circuitry from embryo to adults. Using elegant transgenic fish models, the GnRH neuron system and its physiology will be characterized under normal conditions and also in the presence of endocrine disruptors such as BPA.

This position will offer the postdoctoral scholar an excellent research experience, as well as opportunities to interact with, and mentor undergraduate research students. Opportunities will also be provided for gaining classroom-teaching experience, with feedback/mentorship provided by both the PI, and other members of the Biology faculty. Candidates looking for an independent research environment with added experience of working in a Liberal Arts setting will gain a lot from this position. The University of Puget Sound is an undergraduate Liberal Arts College. In addition to the lab dedicated to the PI, the University also has a state of the art microscopy suite with confocal, SEM and TEM scopes, dedicated animal care facilities and behavioral labs. The postdoctoral scholar will join a growing inter-disciplinary neuroscience program ( at the University of Puget Sound and also interact with members of the diverse Biology department (

For more information, you may contact Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the Jennie M Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience at (Subject: Postdoc).

Key words: Zebrafish, GnRH, Endocrine disruptors, Electrophysiology, Confocal imaging

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Research into the development and physiology of neurons in the zebrafish brain using techniques such as electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging
  • Animal care of zebrafish and medaka teleost fish species
  • Training and mentoring undergraduate students in different research techniques
  • Representing the lab in annual meetings and research conferences
  • Representing the lab through public talks and guest lectures
  • Mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory and train them in different research techniques
  • Managing the running of the lab and resources


  • PhD in Biological Sciences or Neuroscience or related fields
  • Expertise or training in any one of the following – electrophysiology, histochemistry or confocal imaging
  • Expertise or knowledge in fish care would be an add


University of Utah -- assistant professor level in DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE[]

The Department of Psychology at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE. We are seeking individuals with a strong human-based neuroscience research program. We especially welcome applicants with interests in the developmental sequelae of early stress exposure, and whose work encompasses epigenetic approaches. Applicants should have the ability and interest to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology and developmental neuroscience.

The Department of Psychology values interdisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourages collaboration across four traditional programs (Clinical, Developmental, Social, and Cognition and Neural Sciences). The Psychology Department is one of several departments contributing to the University's highly-ranked interdepartmental graduate program in Neuroscience. The Department also promotes multidisciplinary collaboration with active ties to the University of Utah Brain Institute, the School of Computing, the Business School, the College of Education, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Salt Lake Veterans Administration Medical Center. Resources are available for fMRI and EEG/ERP in collaboration with the Imaging and Neurosciences Center and the Department of Radiology.

The University of Utah is a PAC-12 institution located in Salt Lake City and nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. With an enrollment of 31,000 students, it is the flagship university for the state of Utah. The University Administration provides strong support for faculty research in the Psychology Department. The Department of Psychology is committed to the goal of promoting diversity in academia and welcomes candidates whose interest and skills contribute to this goal.

Please submit a letter detailing current research and teaching interests, a vita, representative reprints or preprints of publications, and contact information for three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted at:

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.


University of Wisconsin, Madison -- Senior Lecturer[]

Principal duties:
We are looking for a Senior Lecturer in 720 - Human Physiology. The principal duties of the position are as follows: Preparation, writing and delivery of lectures in Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Physiology. The developed curriculum should include in-class active learning exercises, which involve clinical applications. Preparing, setting up and running 3, 3-hours laboratories designed to demonstrate respiratory function, either using the medical students themselves as subjects, or incorporating computer simulation software. Writing and administering exam and quiz questions to assess student learning. Holding 3-4 office hours per week, to give students the opportunity to ask questions about the material.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

Employee Class: Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $54,169 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
Term: This position will end on MARCH 21, 2014.
Appointment percent: 75% - 100%
Anticipated begin date: JANUARY 21, 2014
Number of Positions: 1

To Ensure Consideration:
Application must be received by: DECEMBER 15, 2013

How To Apply:

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #78169 to:

Kevin Strang, Ph.D.
Phone: 608-262-8298
Fax: 608-265-5512
Department of Physiology
1300 University Avenue, 127 SMI
Madison WI 53706


Virginia Tech -- Senior Level Neuroscientist[]

The College of Science at Virginia Tech, in support of the university's strategic plan, is expanding its research presence in: Energy and the Environment, Infectious Diseases, Nanoscience, Neuroscience, Computational and Visualization & Pattern Recognition through interdisciplinary faculty hires across departments. As part of this initiative, the Department of Psychology invites applications for a senior position in Neuroscience. Preferred candidates may conduct research in areas such as cognitive, affective, social, or developmental neuroscience; biological psychology; or computational neuroscience, all with a focus on human systems. Appointment will be made at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level. Candidates with research interests that support the College of Science initiatives in the area of Neuroscience are encouraged to apply. This Psychology position complements the focus on hiring in neuroscience taking place in the College of Science and at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI; ).

The person appointed will have the following responsibilities:

  • the development and maintenance of a distinguished and interdisciplinary research program;
  • the continuing development of her/his own scholarly activities and professional capabilities;
  • active and effective participation in undergraduate and graduate instruction and student advising;
  • active and effective participation in department and university administrative governance; and,
  • adherence to the responsibilities of the general faculty as described by the faculty handbook (

All applicants must have: a strong commitment for excellence in research; a desire to advise and teach a student body which is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; the ability to discern future trends in the discipline; vision, creativity, and leadership skills; and commitment/sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a closely related field and have an internationally recognized and well-funded research program with publications in the highest-quality journals.