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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Neuroscience


The new Neuroscience Program at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2024, contingent upon funding approval. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, service, and/or research in cognitive neuroscience. This newly designed major will prepare students to:
• Shape socially responsible communities committed to justice in the Bay Area, where many of the technological innovations that alter society are developed
• Embrace neurodiversity in our society, advocating for effective accommodations for those who need them
• Center mental health equity in their communities, and
• Compete for a wide array of jobs in industry, as well as academia and other fields, advancing multi-disciplinary excellence for service to society
The department seeks a candidate whose research program is anchored in human cognitive neuroscience and has a strong record of published interest or experience in teaching at the undergraduate level. We are particularly interested in candidates who use psychophysiological research methodologies such as electrophysiological measurement (EEG/ERP), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), neuroimaging (fNIRS), and neuropsychological methods. The ideal candidate is also committed to increasing diversity and equity in higher education. We are particularly eager to meet candidates who are engaged in service with underrepresented communities and who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and mentoring students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in the sciences.
The candidate’s area of research may include, but is not limited to, cognitive, social, or computational neuroscience.



Job Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach a subset of the following neuroscience courses: Introduction to Neuroscience (lecture and lab), Data Analysis & Research Design for the Neurosciences, specific upper-level Neuroscience courses satisfying the Neuroscience major’s breadth requirement (for example, Behavioral Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, or Neuroscience-informed User Design). The candidate, depending on area of specialization and programmatic need, may also teach one or more courses in a related department like Biology or Psychology. The standard teaching load for this position is two 4-unit courses per semester with an additional third course every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years). The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain an active research program, preferably one that engages diverse undergraduate students. Candidates will also be expected to engage in service to the department, college, and university. Of particular importance will be providing mentorship, advising, and support for Neuroscience majors and USF students.


In order to serve all of our students, including Black-identified and Latinx students–who make up 15% and 21% of our undergraduate student body respectively–the University of San Francisco is seeking to hire a cohort of new faculty whose scholarship and/or community-engaged research and creative work focuses on the experiences of people from underrepresented communities including but not limited to Black and Latinx communities, or antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion more generally, and who have proven expertise and experience in mentoring students from these communities or first generation college students. 


USF is entering into the third year of a very successful faculty diversity hiring initiative. Junior faculty are invited to participate in mentoring, community building and peer to peer opportunities. Faculty also enjoy peer support through affinity groups such as the Asian and Asian American Staff/Faculty Council, Black Community Council, LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Caucus, and La Colectiva of Latinx Staff and Faculty.


In addition all new faculty have access to a free membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and support from the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Research, Artistic and Scholarly Excellence.

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Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Neuroscience
Organization: University of San Francisco
Location: San Francisco,  CA 
United States
Salary: $99,936.88 to $104,996.94 annualized; commensurate with experience
Posting Start Date: 8/1/2024
Date Posted: 11/14/2023
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field, earned by August 2024. A strong commitment to and record of undergraduate teaching and research training, evidence of research and scholarship, and an understanding of and commitment to work in a culturally diverse environment and support the mission of the University of San Francisco are required.

Required Materials:

Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching ability (e.g., sample syllabi, teaching evaluations), a diversity statement, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation (requested upon submission of application). All of these elements should be submitted electronically as separate PDF documents. Questions can be addressed to NeuroscienceSearch@usfca.edu. Priority deadline for full consideration is December 15th, 2023, but applications will continue to be accepted through January 15, 2024.

Status: This listing expires on: 2/12/2024
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United States
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