Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor of Neuroscience

Charlottesville, VA
Jul 04, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor of Neuroscience

Position Type: Teaching and Research Faculty

Department: Department of Biology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 07-23-2015

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation seek a leader of international prominence in the broadly defined discipline of Systems Neuroscience, preferably with an emphasis in sensory neurobiology. The scholar will join the faculties of the Biology and Psychology Departments in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This endowed position will be at the rank of full professor with tenure.

The successful candidate will bridge and extend the existing expertise in neuroscience within the Psychology and Biology departments. Additionally, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Endowed Professor will:
-play a prominent role in the hiring of two or three additional tenure-track faculty in related fields to catalyze new collaborative relationships between the departments and enhance excellence.
-actively participate in solidifying the community of neuroscientists across both departments.
-forge interdisciplinary and collaborative relationships with faculty across Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine.
-provide leadership in the instruction of neuroscience and related fields to undergraduate students in the classroom and in the laboratory, actively engaging Neuroscience majors.
-train graduate students in the graduate programs of Biology and Psychology and participate in the pan-university, interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program.
-become an active member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation community.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation ( attracts to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world and provides them with sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents for the good of the University community and beyond. Professors joining the University by way of the Foundation's Chaired Professorships are not only leaders in their respective disciplines, but they also serve the University's mission to provide the best learning experience for undergraduates. They will join a Jefferson Scholars community of engaging undergraduate and graduate students and distinguished professors.

Experience should include:
-a record of advancing the field through the publication of excellent science.
-a proven ability to acquire and sustain significant federal funding.
-internationally recognized scholarship employing modern, cutting-edge techniques.
-a reputation as a leader in the field.
-recognized excellence in teaching and mentoring, with a clear desire to work with trainees at all levels (especially undergraduates).
-a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the sciences.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (, and electronically attach a CV and a cover letter stating your interest in the position; search on posting 0616749. Letters of reference will be discreetly solicited later in the application process. If requesting information or nominating an individual for this opportunity, please contact Iggy Provencio at For more information regarding the position and organization, please visit:

Review of applications will begin August 22, 2015; however the position will remain open until filled.

U.Va. will perform background checks for all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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