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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor - Neurobiology - Biology / IALS in Amherst, Massachusetts

Assistant Professor - Neurobiology - Biology / IALS

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Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst



Categories: Faculty, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

TheDepartment of Biology ( and the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS ( ) at UMass Amherst are seeking to hire a faculty member who will establish a research program with high translational potential that utilizes animal models or human-derived cells to develop mechanistic insights into, and therapeutic approaches for, neurological disorders. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Diseases and recovery from acute injuries such as traumatic brain injury or stroke. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research programs augment our existing strengths in neuroscience (see:Initiative on Neurosciences (IONS) ( andNeuroscience and Behavior Graduate Program ( ) and extends this expertise directly into health-related areas (seeIALS, Models to Medicine Center ( ).

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vibrant, externally funded research program, effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to service in support of the department and college.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in neuroscience or related fields.

The candidate must have outstanding potential to build a vibrant translational research program and the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position.

Additional Information

Expected start date for this position is September 1, 2024, although later start dates are possible.

Questions pertaining to this position can be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Peter Reinhart and Dr. Paul Katz

Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vita; (3) statements of research, (4) and teaching, (5) contact information for three professional references, (6) and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (see below).

Evaluation of applications will begin onJanuary 2, 2024and will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Dec 13 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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