Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience

Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
Western Washington University


The Psychology Department at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience to begin September, 2018, contingent on funding. We are seeking a faculty member who studies developmental behavioral neuroscience using cellular neurophysiological techniques (that may include single- or multi-unit recording) combined with functional imaging and/or optogenetics. Applicants must be committed to establishing an active behavioral neuroscience teaching and research program involving undergraduate students. 
About the College/Department: 
The Psychology Department includes 30 tenure and tenure track faculty. We offer undergraduate majors in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology, and graduate programs in Experimental Psychology and Mental Health and School Counseling (for additional information, visit The Behavioral Neuroscience program consists of faculty in the Psychology department with interests in the neural bases of cognition, synaptic plasticity, neuropsychiatric illness, craving and addiction, and neurodegenerative disorders. Areas of technical neuroscience expertise currently include functional neuroimaging, neurochemistry, electrophysiology, and behavioral pharmacology. The Psychology Department is in the Academic Instructional Center, complete with state-of-the-art neuroscience research and teaching facilities, a vivarium and animal and classroom support technicians. For information about the Behavioral Neuroscience program, visit

About the University:  Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  WWU is in Bellingham, Washington, a scenic coastal city located 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. The 224-acre campus overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Position Responsibilities: 
  • Teach lecture- and laboratory-based undergraduate and possibly graduate behavioral neuroscience courses and research methods/statistics courses
  • Maintain an active behavioral neuroscience research program
  • Involve undergraduate students in research
Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD and postdoctoral experience in behavioral neuroscience or a related discipline
  • Active research program in developmental behavioral neuroscience with potential to generate external funding
  • Publication record commensurate with experience
  • Potential for successful undergraduate teaching in behavioral neuroscience
  • Demonstrated ability to involve undergraduate students in research
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
Academic Emphasis: Behavioral Neuroscience 
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications 
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in to and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Application materials may be uploaded per the EASE instructions. 

The application should include a letter of application, detailed vita, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests addressing the required qualifications, copies of teaching evaluations and syllabi (if available), and representative publications. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed directly to: [email protected]

Address all other correspondence to:   

Dr. Kelly Jantzen ([email protected]
Behavioral Neuroscience Search Committee
Department of Psychology
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Bellingham, WA  98225-9172
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Job Posted: 6/29/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 15, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170254
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); [email protected]

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