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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Undergraduate College
Job Function
Faculty Member
Research Area
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

Job Details

The Department of Neuroscience at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the area of Developmental Neuroscience. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of 4 years, beginning Fall semester of 2023. Assistant Professor rank preferred but Associate Professor rank may be considered.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, highly selective national liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

The Neuroscience Department at Oberlin College is one of the oldest and largest undergraduate neuroscience departments in the country. The Department’s extensive labs and facilities are housed in the College’s science center. The Department emphasizes a broad, interdisciplinary approach and encourages students to seek out research opportunities in both laboratory classes and in independent research.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load of 4.5 courses per year. This will include lecture and laboratory classes in the area of Developmental Neuroscience, a lecture class at the introductory level, a non-majors course and/or a seminar in their area of expertise at either the introductory or advanced level. The ability to develop courses that will contribute to the College’s new integrative concentration in Global Health is highly desirable.

The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position, and to participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees. Applicants who can bring research models, innovative approaches and a research program that complements existing expertise within the department are especially encouraged to apply.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by Fall semester of academic year 2023-24). Candidates must demonstrate commitment to and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

A complete application will comprise: 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and approach to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) an unofficial graduate transcript; 4) a statement (or statements) detailing your teaching philosophy and your commitment to and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion; 5) a research statement that includes how you will include and mentor undergraduates in your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.

*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.

Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the Oct. 7 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Patrick Simen, Chair of Neuroscience, at 440-775-8823.



Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources. Learn more at

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