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Neuroscientist- Assistant (Ladder Rank)

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021
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Neuroscientist- Assistant (Ladder Rank)

The Department of Physiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Outstanding candidates who use modern techniques and approaches to interrogate fundamental questions of physiology pertaining to cell, tissue, and vertebrate nervous system function are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to have completed a Ph.D. or an MD/Ph.D. degree.
Our department is the home to world-renowned laboratories working in the fields of membrane physiology, cell biology, neuroscience, and metabolism ( In addition, the UCSF Mission Bay campus offers a vibrant atmosphere for collaboration among basic science and clinical departments, as well as state-of-the-art research facilities. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an exciting, leading-edge research program and participate in graduate and postdoctoral training.

The candidate would be expected to join the UCSF Neuroscience Graduate Program and, if desired, one or more of our other top-ranked interdisciplinary graduate programs (see Like all faculty at UCSF, the candidate will also be expected to contribute to graduate teaching, be a leader in inclusive mentoring practices, and participate in activities that promote equity and inclusion at our institution and in the broader scientific community. Service and teaching expectations are comparable to those of any other UCSF tenure-track faculty position. Faculty appointment will be made at a professorial rank commensurate with current academic standing. UCSF offers competitive salaries, research set-up funds, and recruitment allowances and has numerous opportunities for faculty development and further training in mentorship.

Applications must be submitted online and include the following documents in a single PDF: (1) cover letter briefly describing how the candidate fits the position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) 1-page summary of research accomplishments demonstrating the candidate’s scientific leadership through their contribution to their project(s) (4) 2-page description of future research plans that include both high risk / high reward projects and an NIH-fundable program; and 5) a statement of personal experiences with, and contributions to, issues related to social and racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, with particular attention to demonstrated success with formal and informal mentoring of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. We encourage candidates to describe specific mentoring strategies to support the success of all trainees in their research group. Copies of major publications that demonstrate the candidate’s ability to carry out creative and impactful work should be included. Applicants should request three letters of recommendation describing how the candidate meets the criteria in this job description. We encourage recommenders to provide explicit examples to illustrate their statements. We expect candidates to provide a letter from their postdoctoral and graduate advisors but will consider candidates who can provide justifications when these will be lacking.

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UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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.

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