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Neurobiology Assistant Professor

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor position in Neurobiology. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. and have post-doctoral research experience. We are particularly interested in researchers who will integrate two or more of the following fields: neurophysiology, neuroimmunology/inflammation, gut-brain axis, and/or behavioral neuroscience. Candidates using vertebrate or invertebrate models are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will complete a cluster hire in neurobiology, which has included expertise in neurogenetics, neurophysiology, and neuropathology, and will play a pivotal role in enhancing the department’s neurobiology education focus. The successful applicant will join a growing core of faculty working in the areas of neurodegenerative disease, neurogenetics and neuroinflammation, blood-brain barrier, traumatic brain injury, behavioral neuroendocrinology, metabolomics, natural products pharmacology, and drug delivery systems. Research expectations include mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and developing an externally funded research program. Teaching responsibilities could include undergraduate courses in Neurobiology or Immunology, contributing to core curricular instruction, and/or development of an advanced level offering in the successful candidates’ areas of expertise. Successful applicants will be highly motivated individuals with the ability to collaborate with other faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences and in other departments and research institutes (e.g., Alabama Life Research Institute and the Center for Convergent Bioscience and Medicine).

The University of Alabama is the flagship public university with an R1 rating for research activity. UA enrolls over 38,320 students, the majority from outside the state. UA has ranked among the top 70 public universities in the nation by U.S. World and News Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, and has produced 60 Goldwater Scholars, 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 38 Hollins Scholars, and 16 Boren Scholars. The University of Alabama is also a leader among public universities nationwide for enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 900 currently enrolled. There are currently 33 faculty who have received NSF Career awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top performing young scientists. UA was also recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for the fifth time in six years in 2021-2022. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of over 250,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and an innovative and progressive community with an excellent quality of life. It offers exceptional educational, cultural, sports and recreational opportunities to faculty and their families. Tuscaloosa also provides easy access to mountains and water recreation, tremendous biodiversity, and is one hour from Birmingham, three hours from Atlanta, and five hours from the gulf coast.

Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Laura Reed ( To apply, go to to complete the online application, and upload: (1) a cover letter, including a list of three to five references (including contact information); (2) CV; (3) statement describing past research achievements and future goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and teaching philosophy, (5) a statement on the ways in which issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion will shape your approach to teaching, research, and service. Please limit the length of each document to three or fewer pages. The search committee will request letters of reference as needed. Consideration of applications will begin November 14, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled. There will be a preliminary Zoom conversation with selected applicants, after which top candidates will be informed whether their formal interviews will proceed virtually or in-person, depending on coronavirus pandemic conditions. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The expected start date is August 15, 2023. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences can be found on our website at Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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