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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas
Closing date
Dec 10, 2022

The Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas seeks to hire 3 tenure-track faculty with research focused on understanding the anatomy and function of circuits within the nervous system that are important for sensory, cognitive, or motor function, broadly defined. Areas of interest would ideally align with strengths of the Department in Learning & Memory, Neurobiology of Fear & Anxiety, Neurological Disorders such as Stroke and Tinnitus, and/or Sensory Signaling and Pain. Faculty would be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to their area of expertise.

  1. Neuroanatomy & physiology

Proper connectivity and signaling across regions of the nervous system, whether in the brain or spinal cord, are essential to normal neuronal function, yet many brain and spinal circuits remain poorly understood and poorly mapped. We seek to hire a tenure-track faculty member with expertise in the anatomy and connectivity of central and/or peripheral neural circuits. The ideal candidate would also possess technical expertise in modern circuit recording and manipulation techniques, including but not limited to opto/chemogenetics, in vivo multiphoton imaging, or miniscope imaging of reporter expression in live animals. To apply:

  1. Neurobiology of stress

Stress is a major contributor to numerous neurological disorders. The Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member with research focus on understanding the impacts of stress on the nervous system. The Department currently has research programs studying the neurocircuitry of fear and anxiety, the neurobiology of maternal stress on dopaminergic signaling, cortical circuits relevant for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and the influence of stress on migraine pathology. Expertise in neuroanatomy of such circuits as well as models of the interaction and influence of stress on these circuits would be desirable. To apply:

  1. Single Cell Methods

Advances in high-throughput single-cell sequencing are fundamentally changing the understanding of the nervous system. We seek to hire a tenure track faculty member with expertise in modern single-cell methods (e.g., single cell RNA seq) as a tool to understand the diversity of functions of nervous system cells in health and disease. The ideal candidate would explore species differences across human and rodent tissue, but applicants with expertise in either species will be considered. To apply:



Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in Neurobiology or a related field and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service, which includes a strong commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All candidates are expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative, engaging, and dynamic environment comprised of individuals of diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives. The appointment commences in the fall of 2023. A doctoral degree is required prior to joining; those with ABD status will be considered at the application/interviewing stage. Candidates should also show evidence of a dynamic and productive research program with clear potential for funding.

UTD and the Department of Neuroscience

The University of Texas at Dallas is a Tier One Institution and the fastest growing university in Texas. It houses a dynamic and collaborative Neuroscience research community. Faculty in Neuroscience are active participants in several research centers including the Center for Advanced Pain Studies, Texas Biomedical Device Center, Center for BrainHealth, Center for Vital Longevity, and Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Neuroscience faculty also have vibrant collaborations with the UTD Program in Bioengineering and the UT Southwestern Medical Center.


The Neuroscience Department is housed in a new research building that opened in 2015. The building contains state-of-the-art laboratory space and top-notch core facilities. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is an international hub with a strong economy, vibrant cultural atmosphere, world-class sports and entertainment, and nationally ranked public schools.

Application Instructions


Applicants should upload the following via the online application:

  • Cover letter and full curriculum vitae summarizing their interests and their qualifications for the position, including past and/or anticipated future efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Statement of research interests describing (at a minimum) past, present, and future research and how they have fostered (or will foster) equitable and inclusive research environments;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy describing (at a minimum) their conceptualizations of teaching and learning, teaching and assessment methods, and how their teaching philosophy and practices foster (or will foster) equitable and inclusive learning environments;
  • A writing/publication sample; and
  • Full contact information for at least three academic or professional references.

Reviews will commence as completed applications are received and will continue until the positions are filled or the search is closed on March 31, 2023. Priority will be given to completed applications received by January 31, 2023. Reference letters will only be requested from candidates who advance in the interview process.


The University and Community

Rich with visual and performing arts venues, museum districts, professional and semi-professional athletics teams, botanical gardens, accessible trails and so much more, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex has something for everyone to explore. UT Dallas partners with regional higher education institutions and school districts and with the Richardson Innovation Quarter (Richardson IQ), a major hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and educational activities.

UT Dallas is committed to graduating well-rounded members of the global community whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world. A diversity of people, ideas and perspectives is crucial to our vision and mission. UT Dallas is a place where members of the community from all backgrounds are welcomed, treated fairly, and encouraged in their pursuit of excellence.

UT Dallas is consistently ranked among the “Best of the Best Colleges” for LGBTQ Inclusion by Campus Pride. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosts a variety of programs and initiatives to cultivate a culture of equity and belonging for all members of the campus community. “LilyPad” lactation facilities are located throughout campus. The University currently supports several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that are communities of faculty and staff from various identities along with advocates and allies (e.g., Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, Universal Access ERG, Military and Veteran ERG).

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive of all members of the university community. The University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an
equal opportunity/affirmative action university.



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