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Assistant Professor, Behavioral and /or Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

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Graduate School or University
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Faculty Member
Research Area
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Full Time
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The Department of Psychology ( at the University of Maryland, College Park, in conjunction with the UMD Brain and Behavior Institute (, seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in behavioral and/or cognitive neuroscience using animal models. Research interests may include (but are not limited to) learning, memory, decision-making, affect, motivation, cognitive/executive control, or social processing. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research builds strongly on mathematical or computational methods (e.g., Bayesian methods, big data, economic approaches, deep learning, predictive classifiers, psychoinformatics, social network analysis, computational statistics, neural networks, machine learning), including using computational methods to bridge different levels of analysis (behavioral, neural). We welcome research programs designed to answer questions related to how brain function changes across the lifespan (e.g., from development to aging) and/or how the brain functions in health and/or as a result of disease (e.g., addiction, autism, Alzheimer's, anxiety). We seek candidates who use behavioral and state-of-the-art neural recording technologies such as, but not limited to, calcium imaging, photometry, large scale recording, and/ or rodent fMRI. We prefer an applicant that would utilize our new rodent MRI in some capacity, but we will be considering applicants that use all neural recording techniques. The applicant’s research plan should strengthen collaborative interactions between neuroscience and other disciplines within our department as well as create bridges to other departments at UMD (e.g., biology, engineering, computer science, etc.).


This position builds upon the growing neuroscience community at UMD and is part of the newly launched Brain and Behavior Institute, which has invested in a new core facility that consists of multimodal imaging equipment, including a Bruker 9.4 Tesla high field MR, a Bruker CT/PET/SPECT unit, a Vevo 3100 ultrasound unit, a IVIS spectrum imaging system, Olympus multiphoton microscope, Mobile C-Arm X-ray unit, and X-rad 320 irradiator.


Qualifications. A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or related fields is required at the time of appointment. Candidates should have a strong publication record in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience and show promise for, or an established record of external funding. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a commitment to conducting open and reproducible research. Consistent with Departmental and University values, candidates should be committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through their approach to research, teaching, and mentoring. Please note that qualifications related to teaching, mentoring, and commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion should be taken very seriously and adequately conveyed in the application.  


The University of Maryland has a vibrant community of scholars conducting research in the area of neuroscience. Candidates will have many opportunities to collaborate with scholars within psychology and across multiple units, including the departments of Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Family Sciences, Linguistics, Kinesiology, Hearing & Speech Sciences, and African American Studies, and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Education, and Social Work. Located in the Washington DC metropolitan area, faculty benefit from an array of other resources including close collaborative ties with neighboring institutions (e.g., Children’s National Medical Center; National Institutes of Health; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center/Baltimore). Successful applicants will hold a joint appointment in The Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI), which is a centralized community of ~ 150 research scientists from a range of disciplines pursuing the common goal of bold, impactful research on brain and behavior. By fostering excellence and innovation, and promoting collaborations between neuroscience and engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, cognitive sciences, and humanities, the BBI provides the platform for the elevation and expansion of campus neuroscience. 


Application materials should be submitted no later than October 1, 2022 through and should include: a cover letter, CV, statement of current and future research interests and research philosophy, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (including evidence of teaching excellence, if available), a separate diversity statement, and contact information for three references. Reference writers will receive the request to submit a reference letter upon submission of the application. Applicants should provide sample research manuscripts or journal articles in the Supplemental Document 1 field in eJobs. Because the Department of Psychology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and promoting inclusion across campus, materials should address how the candidate will contribute to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. In addition, the Department embraces the values of open and reproducible science, and candidates should address how they have pursued and/or plan to pursue these goals in their work. For inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Matthew Roesch (


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.


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