Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College’s Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program invite applications for a joint, tenure-track position in behavioral neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2020. We are especially interested in candidates specializing in social, clinical or developmental neuroscience, provided there is a clear emphasis on behavior.

We value a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and from those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Bowdoin requires a strong commitment to research and a promise of long-term successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully-funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. The teaching load is three courses per year and will include a topics-level course in Physiological Psychology, upper-level laboratory and seminar courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise, and Introduction to Psychology. The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential to develop a funded, active, and productive research program that involves undergraduates. A Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field is required; post-doctoral research and teaching experience are preferred.

We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit: . Please submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement describing your scholarly research agenda; 4) a statement describing your teaching philosophy and experience; 5) a statement explaining your potential contribution to a diverse and inclusive learning environment; and 6) names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (32.7% students of color, 6% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

Feel free to contact Patsy Dickinson ([email protected]), the current chair of the Neuroscience Program, for additional information.