The Program in Neuroscience at Bates College invites applications for an open-rank position to begin in the fall of 2024. We welcome applications from any sub-discipline in the field of neuroscience, however, we are especially interested in candidates whose work focuses on systems neuroscience or cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and has clinical/medical applications. Bates values innovative, inclusive pedagogy and active scholarship and seeks applicants who can successfully integrate undergraduates in their research. The College and the Neuroscience Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of our campus community and curriculum. The most competitive applicants will have a record of engaging people from underrepresented backgrounds. We welcome applications from individuals who are broadly trained with a Ph.D. from Neuroscience, Psychology, or related fields.
The duties of this position include the three main areas of faculty work: teaching, professional achievement, and governance and engagement. Bates faculty teach five courses per year (laboratory sections count as 0.5-course credits). Teaching responsibilities for this position include contributions to the general education curriculum, Introduction to Neuroscience as well as Medical Psychology, and additional courses that could include lab-based instruction in topics such as cognitive neuroscience, systems neuroscience, or computational neuroscience. The new faculty member will take part in our academic advising program, and will join ongoing initiatives in inclusive pedagogy, equity and inclusion, and curricular renovation. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a signature and independent research program involving undergraduates, advise senior theses, and also to take part in our system of shared governance.
Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here. Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene that includes the Roux Institute.
Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, internal grants, and a robust external grants office. Faculty research is routinely supported by the NSF, NIH, and other external funding sources.
Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to support transforming how we teach STEM, a Schuler Education Foundation Grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant. Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported. Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here.
Bates supports new faculty with a course reduction in the first year of teaching, formal mentoring, and new-faculty development programming. Bates provides tenure-track faculty with a paid pre-tenure leave and generous financial support for post-tenure sabbaticals. Faculty scholarship is supported by start-up packages, internal grants, and a robust external grants office.
A Ph.D. is required by August 1, 2024. Additional relevant work, either before or after graduate school, is seen as beneficial but is not required.
The review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, a teaching statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness (either included in the teaching statement or in separate documents), a sample publication, and a research statement. The candidate’s past and potential contributions to equity, inclusion, and diversity with regard to underrepresented groups should be addressed either in a separate, additional document or integrated into the teaching and research statements. We strongly encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented groups, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education due to societal, economic, or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated capacity to advance the college’s continuing commitments to equity and inclusion. The search committee will request letters of recommendation from three referees for short-listed candidates. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.