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Neuroscience Teaching Faculty Position

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama
Competitive salary
Closing date
Jul 23, 2022
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Neuroscience Teaching Faculty Position

Department of Neurobiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine invites applications for a teaching faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology. We are seeking candidates who apply innovative approaches to teaching the development, function, and malfunction of the nervous system at multiple levels of analysis. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level, non-tenure earning, with the possibility of transitioning to tenure-earning in the future. While all neuroscience areas are welcome, candidates with expertise in motivated behavior (drug use), neurodevelopmental disorders, neuropharmacology, or computational neuroscience are particularly encouraged to apply. The Department of Neurobiology at UAB SOM has a long history of promoting scientific and teaching excellence and diversity. We acknowledge multiple forms of bias and prejudice in academia and are working proactively to eliminate them.


UAB is a research-intensive university ranked in the top 10 among public universities for NIH funding. The Department of Neurobiology (link) co-directs UAB’s undergraduate neuroscience major with the Department of Psychology; the program has grown to more than 360 students, most of whom are honors students. Neuroscientists with an interest in a full-time teaching position at the undergraduate and graduate level are needed to teach advanced electives and introductory courses in the fundamentals of neuroscience alongside two or more full-time teaching faculty. UAB’s teaching facilities are outstanding; each classroom is equipped with modern videoconferencing technology and many are designed to facilitate active learning and team-based learning scenarios. The Department of Neurobiology also provides extensive opportunities for teaching in undergraduate honors, graduate, and/or medical training programs. Modern faculty offices are in the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building and nearby Civitan Building.




On the research front, the department has strengths in the molecular mechanisms of neuronal function, synaptic communication and plasticity, and animal models of disease. Faculty use technical approaches spanning molecular, genetic, cellular, systems, and behavioral levels of analysis. UAB is strongly committed to neuroscience education and research, and the department is expanding rapidly under new leadership.  A broad and collegial environment for neuroscience is facilitated by the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, a network of over 200 basic, translational, and clinical faculty from 23 departments.




UAB pursues the frontiers of education, research and health care and strives to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities of the 21st century. A record 20,942 students were enrolled at UAB in Fall 2017. The School of Medicine has more than 1,200 full time faculty and approximately 1,200 medical and graduate students. UAB is the largest employer in the state of Alabama with operating revenues of $3 billion. Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city at the heart of a metropolitan area with a population of 1.1 million people. It is a rich cultural center and progressive community with low cost of living, moderate weather, and ample outdoor activities.




Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D in a related field and a strong interest or track record in neuroscience education. Teaching faculty members are expected to participate in education of undergraduate students and possibly also professional or graduate students. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. To ensure consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1st, 2022, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief summary of current and proposed teaching activities, teaching philosophy statement (1 page or less), list of references, and a statement of their experiences promoting diversity as a single PDF file.



Contact: Dr. Cristin Gavin, Search Committee Chair, Department of Neurobiology, UAB, (205) 934-433



UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


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