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Assistant Professor - Psychology

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Psychology
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Job Description

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Behavioral Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology and the Developmental and Brain Sciences (DBS) Program of the University of Massachusetts Boston is recruiting for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience (start date: 9/1/2021). Review of applications will begin October 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Psychology or Neuroscience (or related field) and are expected to have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, an excellent record of research productivity, and the promise of external funding. We are actively seeking to increase representation of faculty from historically underrepresented groups in neurosciences and to create a more inclusive and equitable department and institution. We especially encourage applicants who are members of historically underrepresented groups to apply.

In terms of research area, we are particularly interested in candidates who specialize in developmentally oriented animal models of behavior, which complement our existing strengths in Cognition and Perception, Developmental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Psychopharmacology, and Epigenetics. However, the research area is open, and could include cellular and molecular mechanisms, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroimmunology, and neuroplasticity. Successful candidates should have the appropriate expertise to teach core undergraduate courses (e.g., Learning and Memory, Behavioral Neuroscience, Research Methods, Statistics), advanced courses in their specialty, and graduate courses in the Developmental and Brain Sciences Program. This is the only neuroscience PhD program at a public University in the Boston area. Our neuroscience labs are housed in the new Integrated Sciences Building, part of our campus on the Columbia Point peninsula, offering wonderful views of the city and Boston Harbor. The University of Massachusetts Boston serves the most diverse student population in New England, with a majority of students of color; many of our students are from immigrant backgrounds, and/or are the first in their families to go to college.

Application instructions:

Applicants should submit online a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and statements of research and teaching, with an emphasis on their experience and views on addressing inclusion and equity. 

Please refer to Job Number (506338) in the cover letter. Further information about the position can be obtained from the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee: Dr. Richard Hunter ( and Dr. Zsuzsa Kaldy (


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