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Assistant/Associate Professor in Neuroscience & Education

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Neuroscience & Education
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF08736


The Department of Education in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA announces a search for an assistant or associate professor in the area of education and neuroscience. Advancements in brain science are rapidly accumulating with exciting applications to the education of students in schools. We seek applicants who will use neuroscience principles and methods to address key Department priorities, including advancing our understanding of human development, learning, and individual differences therein and optimizing educational practice or policy to address the needs of diverse learners.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a scholar to join and strengthen a diverse community of educators and researchers. With its stellar faculty, research centers, and signature academic and professional programs, the UCLA Department of Education is ranked No. 7 among the best schools of education in the United States and ranks in the top ten U.S. universities in neuroscience.
Position Description/Important Characteristics

Successful applicants will complement departmental strengths and integrate neuroscientific and/or physiological measures into their work to examine individual differences in learning, achievement or development; mechanisms of behavioral change; or interactions between neurobiological processes and individual, environmental or systemic factors. We welcome applicants using a diverse range of methods, including but not limited to behavioral, neuroimaging (e.g., EEG/ERP, fNIRS, MRI/fMRI/DTI) and neurophysiological techniques (e.g., eye tracking). Candidates using these methods to study cognitive development (e.g., development of executive functioning, literacy, or STEM-related skills), social development, language learning or bilingualism, developmental or learning disabilities, factors conferring risk/resilience, or other topics relevant to education are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants engaging in community- or school-based research, and particularly, those engaging with communities underrepresented in research.

The promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and responsibility to the communities we serve are central to our Department's core mission. We believe the potential for research to drive meaningful change can only be fully realized when social justice and DEI principles are incorporated into scholarly activities. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to this mission in their teaching, advising, research, and service are preferred.

The successful candidate will primarily affiliate with one of the divisions in the Department of Education. Connections with one or more of the other divisions are also encouraged. Divisions include Human Development and Psychology, Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC), Social Research Methodology (SRM), Social Sciences and Comparative Education (SSCE), and Urban Schooling (US). We seek candidates who can teach courses that address topics such as educational neuroscience, cognitive or social development, reading and literacy, the development of mathematical reasoning, and methods of neuroscience. Teaching and advising are also expected in one or more of the Education Department's professional programs (e.g., Teacher Education Program, Educational Leadership Program) and the undergraduate major in Education and Social Transformation.

Basic Qualifications:
Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. (or equivalent), or have advanced to candidacy, in education, neuroscience, cognitive science, special education, developmental psychology, or related areas at the time of application. Doctoral degree must be completed by the time of the position start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
A record of research and scholarly publications consistent with an appointment at the assistant or associate professor level; and the ability to teach and advise students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Interested applicants should apply by October 6, 2023.
Required Applicant Documents

Basic Items include
● Curriculum Vitae
● Cover Letter
● Statement of Research
● Statement of Teaching
● Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement (Describes candidate's past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion) Sample guidance for EDI statement: search-committee-resources/sample-guidance/.
● 3-5 References - contact info only
● 2-3 sample publications
● Reference Check Authorization Release Form
For More Info

Contact Professor Kasari, Search Committee Chair, at

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table #1 for the salary range. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $90,000-$140,000 for Assistant rank and $100,000 - $175,000 for Associate rank, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.
Job Location

Los Angeles, CA
Anticipated Start Date

July 1, 2024

Applications will be accepted via the UC Recruit website beginning September 6, 2023. To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 6, 2023. The position to remain open until filled.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists' current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,


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UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

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