Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Lexington, KY
Oct 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

As part of a continuing campaign to enhance the Department of Biology ( and life sciences at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky), we seek a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology to begin Fall 2018. The Department of Biology has strengths in evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, development and regeneration, and biological clocks, using diverse model systems (Drosophila, lampreys, zebrafish, birds, and a variety of mammals). Candidates whose research interests are compatible with strengths within the Department and the University-wide Neuroscience community ( will receive special attention. We are interested in programs that integrate empirical approaches with theoretical, statistical, or computational approaches. We also encourage applications from candidates with primarily computational interests. The successful candidate will also contribute to expanding a new cross-college undergraduate degree-granting program in Neuroscience (

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with postdoctoral experience (minimum of six months) and must be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Evidence of an ability to obtain extramural grant support and/or some teaching experience is encouraged. Responsibilities for the successful candidates include (1) establishment of an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribution to the teaching mission of the undergraduate program; (3) teaching and mentoring for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and (4) service for the department, university, and profession.

Applicants must submit the following: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements describing the applicant's accomplishments and research plan (upload under Specific Request 1), and 4) description of teaching philosophy and experience (upload under Specific Request 2). Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions about the Department and/or these searches should be addressed to Dr. Ann Morris, Interim Chair, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, 101D Thomas Hunt Morgan Building, Lexington, KY 40506; email: and telephone: 1 (859) 257-8823.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Job Title
Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

Ph.D. or equivalent degree

Required Related Experience

Postdoctoral experience and must be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Evidence of an ability to obtain extramural grant support and/or some teaching experience is preferred.

Open Untill Filled

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents