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Leadership Position in Integrative Neuroscience

Leadership Position in Integrative Neuroscience

The College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts (www.cns.umass.edu) invites applications for a tenured position in neuroscience at the rank of associate or full professor. We seek an international leader in neuroscience research with broad expertise spanning multiple sub-disciplines. Applicants should have an outstanding record of leadership, research achievement, and funding, as well as a history of successful collaboration. A Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field is required. The successful candidate will have a tenured appointment in one or more neuroscience-related departments within the College of Natural Sciences.

UMass Amherst has committed significant new resources to neuroscience, and the successful candidate will play a leadership role in a new initiative aimed at integrating and expanding neuroscience research across campus. This initiative will involve multiple departments and be closely aligned with the translational life science efforts from the UMass Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) (www.umass.edu/ials). IALS is hiring numerous translational faculty and provides outstanding resources for applied bioscience research, including 310,000 square feet of new research space in the new Life Science Laboratory building with state-of-the-art core facilities (e.g. MRI, fabrication, optical imaging). The UMass system provides a rich neuroscience environment ranging from basic research to pre-clinical and clinical research through collaborations with UMass Medical School. The College of Natural Sciences provides excellent graduate training opportunities through four interdepartmental graduate programs, including Neuroscience and Behavior (www.umass.edu/neuro) and Molecular and Cellular Biology (www.bio.umass.edu/mcb).

The Five College Consortium, composed of Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, provides a rich academic and intellectual environment (www.fivecolleges.edu), and is situated in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, less than 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

Review of the applications will begin on December 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, description of research interests, and a brief vision statement for establishing an integrated neuroscience initiative at UMass Amherst. Letters of reference will be solicited later in the application process. Questions pertaining to this position can be directed to neurosearch@bio.umass.edu. Application materials should be submitted directly to:


The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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Assistant Professor - Animal Models of Neurological Disease

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. The successful candidate will be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which has a primary goal of developing translational research programs and fostering interactions with industry.
We seek highly innovative candidates who are exploring neurological disease using clinically relevant models, spanning invertebrates to non-human primates. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focus complements existing departmental and campus strengths, including neuroendocrinology, cytoskeletal dynamics, protein homeostasis, immunology, and neurodevelopment. Given the mission of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, the successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program with direct relevance to issues of human health, yielding important mechanistic insight into diseases affecting the nervous system. Possible areas of research could include neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, or neuropsychiatric disorders.
IALS and the UMass Amherst campus are committed to the development of translational and basic research programs while fostering interactions with industry, with substantial faculty hiring in the next two years. A simultaneous search focused on cellular models of neurological diseases is underway in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The new faculty member will collaborate with IALS faculty to translate research results into therapeutic goals, interact with industry scientists, and provide essential training for the next generation of biomedical scientists. New faculty members will also be able to take full advantage of the IALS substantial new investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities (see http://www.umass.edu/ials/core-facilities for more details).

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to establish a translational neuroscience research program. Life sciences faculty members at UMass can train students from several interdepartmental graduate programs, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Online applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, and the contact information for three references.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Amherst is nestled between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills providing many recreational opportunities. 

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