Assistant Professor - Animal Models of Neurological Disease

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. 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/psychiatric diseases or disorders using clinically relevant animal 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. Possible areas of research could include neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism or neuropsychiatric disorders. Successful recruits will be expected to establish and maintain a research program with direct relevance to issues of human health and that yield important mechanistic insight into diseases affecting the nervous system.

The new faculty member will collaborate with IALS faculty to translate research results into therapeutic candidates, interact with industry scientists, and provide essential training for the next generation of biomedical scientists. IALS and UMass Amherst are undertaking an aggressive program of faculty recruitment in the next two years. New faculty members will have access to the substantial IALS investments in campus infrastructure and core equipment facilities (see for more details).

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

Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications must include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, and the contact information for three references.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. It is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. 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 1,430 acre UMass Amherst campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, nestled in a rural setting between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills that offers easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City, and provides many recreational opportunities.

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.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

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