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Robert B. Forney Chair of Toxiolocy

Indiana University School of Medicine - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Indianapolis, Indiana
Closing date
Jun 7, 2023

Title: Tenured Associate or Full Professor, Robert B. Forney Chair in Toxicology


Department: Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute (SNRI), Indiana University School of Medicine


The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology together with the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute (SNRI) seek an exceptional and established scholar at the mid-career level to hold the Robert B. Forney Chair in Toxicology within the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. This is a joint position for a tenured, Associate or Full Professor that is also a Primary Member within the SNRI, at the Indiana University School of Medicine. A highly competitive startup package is available for this recruitment.


The SNRI is focused on neuroscience research excellence that boasts an applied clinical practice building adjacent to and connected with a basic neuroscience research building to promote collaboration between clinicians and basic science researchers for translational studies aimed at solving problems for patients with central nervous system diseases and conditions.


The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has a track record of outstanding scholarship and education and is home to researchers focused on signaling, drug discovery, and systems biology in central nervous system damage, environmental neurotoxicology, pain, addiction, cancer, neurodevelopment, ocular biology, protozoan parasites, urology, metabolism, and neuronal circuitry. The department fosters a unique, collaborative research and training environment. 



The successful candidate will join an outstanding group of researchers in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. This leader will bring and maintain a robust, externally funded, and cutting edge research program in the area of neurotoxicology (broadly defined).  Applicants with a special interest in environmental neurotoxicology are preferred, but not required. Additional topical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, neurotoxicology research that intersects with existing research areas at SNRI and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.



This established scholar will:  Expand the targeted growth area of research and educational excellence in neurotoxicology, both in the department and institute;  Capitalize on locally available Research Cores, Centers, and Brain/Tissue Banks available at SNRI and IUSM, and collaborate with leading researchers with diverse expertise, including environmental neurotoxicology and neurodegenerative/neuropsychiatric disease; Provide leadership for and expand the toxicology teaching mission, while supporting the pharmacology education excellence in the Department to facilitate educational initiatives within the department, SNRI, and broadly across the IUSM translational spectrum;  Undertake cutting edge neurotoxicology research; Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across the research and educational missions; Contribute to the Translational Toxicology Masters Program, Graduate, and MD/PhD student initiatives in the department to train the next generation of leading Pharmacology and Toxicology trainees, including but not limited to developing training grant applications in collaboration with other Departments and Institutes;  Hold a Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent in Toxicology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline.


About The Indiana University School of Medicine

As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence.  We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community.  We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and wellbeing for all throughout the state of Indiana.


Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a 3-page research statement, and a cover letter outlining their research, teaching, service, and diversity experience to:


Questions can be directed to: Chelsie Sharp, Business Administrator,


Priority date for review of applications is June 15, 2023.

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