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Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychology Department (Behavioral Neuroscience Program)

Western Washington University Psychology Department (Behavioral Neuroscience Program)
Bellingham, Washington State
$54,284 - $57,400
Closing date
Sep 3, 2022

The Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University invites applications for a two-year Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Position to begin September 16, 2022.

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review will begin August, 15th 2022

About the Position
Applicants must have earned a PhD or be ABD at the time of appointment and have relevant teaching experience or a demonstrated commitment to effective teaching. This is a full-time, academic-year visiting position. Courses to be taught are undergraduate introductory Behavioral Neuroscience, Experimental Methods and Neuroscience Communication, Psychopharmacology, and advanced Behavioral Neuroscience (seminar). An additional course with compensation is possible during the summer 2023 term. There are no committee expectations with this position. The Fellow is also expected to engage in Neuroscience research that involves undergraduates, supported with Program space and resources. Continued employment beyond this period will depend on instructional need, budget, and the quality of the Fellow’s contribution. We especially encourage applications from candidates who have experience with equitable and inclusive teaching, mentorship, and research practices and share a strong commitment to promoting the success of students from historically underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications 

  • PhD or ABD status in field of study with neuroscience core at time of appointment 
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity and diversity
  • Relevant experience or a demonstrated commitment to effective equitable and inclusive teaching practices
  • Demonstrated independence in scholarship

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience mentoring undergraduates in a research laboratory
  • Relevant teaching experience that includes students from historically underrepresented groups

About the University 
Western Washington University is primarily undergraduate university, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department 
The Behavioral Neuroscience Program within the Psychology Department administers a Behavioral Neuroscience bachelor of science (B.S.) degree and graduates on average 35 students a year. These students complete a rigorous program of study that includes biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, research design and statistics. Neuroscience specific coursework includes neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology, behavior, and cognitive neuroscience. The mission of the program is to support education, research, and service with support of faculty-student research collaboration.

The Department of Psychology has 33 permanent full-time faculty. In addition to our undergraduate B.S. psychology major, the Psychology Department offers undergraduate degrees in behavioral neuroscience and human development, and master’s programs in experimental psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. The Department houses five primary areas of research and teaching expertise – Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, and Social Psychology. 

The Department supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. Please visit the Department website to learn more about our mission. As a public institution in a state where students of color make up a growing proportion of high school graduates, we are strongly committed to effectively serving our increasingly diverse student body. We highly encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and scholars who are from other populations historically underrepresented in the academy and/or who have experience working with diverse populations.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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