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Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience/Biological Psychology

California State University Long Beach, Department of Psychology
Long Beach, California
$6,667 to $7,084/per month
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

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Graduate School or University
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

Job Details


  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience/Biological Psychology or a closely related field. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024. 
  • Ability to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to Behavioral Neuroscience/Biological Psychology.  Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Demonstrated ability and commitment to develop and maintain an active research program in Behavioral Neuroscience using rat model systems.  Evidence of research and scholarly productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations. Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.


  • Research emphasis in, but not limited to, motivated behaviors, learning, or addiction, and research expertise in utilizing cellular and molecular approaches to address fundamental questions in Behavioral Neuroscience. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring first-generation and underrepresented college students (e.g., involving undergraduates in faculty-directed research and/or mentoring undergraduate students in independent research). Interest in developing hands-on undergraduate teaching experiences to foster engagement in Behavioral Neuroscience research (lab-based undergraduate courses). Interest in or evidence of involvement in undergraduate training grants for student engagement. Interest in the Master of Arts in Psychological Research program through chairing master’s thesis projects, involving graduate students in faculty-directed research, and teaching graduate-level courses related to Behavioral Neuroscience. Potential for or experience in securing external research grants. Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in contributing to service at the department, university, community, or professional level.


  • Teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Behavioral Neuroscience [Required mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]. Develop new courses in specialty area. Establish an independent research program and engage in research, scholarly and creative activities in Behavioral Neuroscience, leading to publications. Supervise students in research activities, including undergraduate projects and Masters’ theses. Participate in significant service to the department, college, university, and community.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 

The Department of Psychology and CSULB have invested significantly in developing Behavioral Neuroscience in the department by renovating the Psychology building to provide wet lab facilities to support research and teaching. The department also has acquired state-of-the-art behavioral equipment for rats and specialized equipment for molecular neuroscience that is available to behavioral neuroscience faculty in the department.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: summary.pdf

HOW TO APPLY - REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:                                  

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications.
  • CV (including current e-mail address).
  • Names and contact information for three references.
  • Two additional separate statements addressing:
  1. Teaching philosophy and skills, including teaching portfolio (e.g., sample syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries). Research interests and skills and a statement of current and future research plans.
  • A maximum of three reprints and/or preprints of published manuscripts with a detailed description of personal contributions to each publication.
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree

Applicants should apply and submit all required documentation electronically through:

Upon request, finalists must submit original, official documents, as noted in the required documentation section.

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Behavioral Neuroscience Search Committee
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Psychology
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0901

Please address all other inquiries to Sheri Hale
(562) 985-5003 or E-mail:


Review of applications to begin September 29, 2023. Position open until filled (or recruitment canceled).


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with the most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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