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Assistant Professor - Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Employer
University of South Carolina
Location
Columbia

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Posting Number:

FAC00205PO23

Advertised Title:

Assistant Professor - Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Campus:

Columbia

College/Division:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department:

CAS Biological Sciences

Advertised Salary Range:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:

40

Position Category:

Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

Basis :

9 months

Work County:

Richland

Tenure Information:

Tenure-Track/Tenured

Job Search Category:

Faculty

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina (USC) invites applications for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a research program in molecular and cellular neurobiology. This position will begin on August 16, 2024, or January 1, 2025. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, extramurally funded research program relevant to neural development and/or disease. This position will join the SmartState Center for Childhood Neurotherapeutics, which includes neurobiologists focusing on axon signaling and function in brain development, disease, and response to injury. USC has a highly interactive neuroscience research community that encourages and precipitates collaborations. The developmental neurobiology community is further strengthened by the interdisciplinary Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN) Research Center.

The USC Department of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit consisting of 35 tenured/tenure-track faculty members representing a broad range of research areas, including Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology, Plant Science, Ecology and Evolution, and Marine Sciences. It includes approximately 1,700 undergraduate students and over 70 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The department has ready access to excellent core technical support facilities and is complemented by strong research programs in other science departments, the USC School of Medicine, the Arnold School of Public Health, and the South Carolina School of Pharmacy. Our department is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strives to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage minorities, individuals with disabilities, and other members of underrepresented groups in science to apply.

Required Education and Experience:

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology or related discipline (or M.D.) and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience in a relevant area of neuroscience or biomedical sciences by the start date of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses relevant to their area of expertise, as well as mentoring the research training of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Desired Start Date:

08/16/2024

Job Open Date:

10/09/2023

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. All applicants must complete an online application on the USC employment website tobe completed. Qualified candidates must include a curriculum vita, research statement (3 pages), and teaching philosophy (1 page) with their application. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references must also be provided. Additional information on the position and the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at http://www.biol.sc.edu/. For questions or further information, please contact Dr. Kristy Welshhans (kwelshhans@sc.edu), Search Committee Chair (put “Neurobiology Search” as the subject title).

Positions are advertised for a minimum of thirty (30) business days on our job website. After thirty (30) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Quicklink for Posting:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/154559

EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

Organization

Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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