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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences – Neuroscience

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, Ohio
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

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Undergraduate College
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

The Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Neuroscience starting in August, 2024. We are seeking candidates committed to excellent undergraduate teaching and to developing a vibrant research program that involves undergraduates of all experience levels and from diverse backgrounds, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. We are especially interested in candidates with research experience in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. The successful candidate will join a departmental and interdisciplinary community with a wide range of research and teaching interests and will benefit from extensive support for junior faculty, including start-up funding, pre-tenure research leave, funding for student-faculty research collaboration via the Summer Science Research Program and The OWU Connection, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs. 

This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinarity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, The OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia.  For more information about the cluster, please visit For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, please visit


  • Teaching Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 110), Topics in Neuroscience (NEUR 374), and contributing to the required biological introductory courses (BIOL120 and 122) 
  • Teaching a section of one of the following: Human Physiology (BIOL 325), Genetics (BIOL 271), Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 351), or Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (NEUR 362)
  • Advising students in their academic journey
  • Engaging in a consistent and focused line of research in neurobiology
  • Providing service to the department, university, and profession
  • Assisting in curriculum development, revision, and evaluation

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline
  • Evidence of preparation for a teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to helping students from diverse racial, social, and cultural groups attain their full potential

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate biology or neuroscience course
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in research experiences
  • A research program that leverages existing departmental resources such as, but not limited to,  CO2 incubators, Biosafety Cabinets, and Inverted and Fluorescent Microscopes

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following: 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. Teaching statement (2-page limit): a statement articulating your teaching philosophy. Please address your ability to teach a wide range of courses and employ a variety of pedagogical techniques to reach students from different backgrounds.
  4. Diversity statement (2-page limit): a statement that describes your experience and/or approach to supporting students from underrepresented groups, including examples of ways you have intentionally addressed diversity, equity, and inclusion in your classroom and research program.
  5. Research statement (2-page limit): a statement outlining the central aims of the research program you would like to develop and how it will thrive at Ohio Wesleyan. If you intend to use an animal model, please describe the housing facilities and support staff that you anticipate needing to conduct your research on campus.

Please submit all materials via, where you will find additional information about working at OWU. Additional materials and reference letters may be requested at a later time and can be sent directly to Please make sure to include “Neuroscience” in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin on October 4, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

About Ohio Wesleyan 

Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. Columbus, known increasingly as the “Silicon Midwest,” was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.

To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

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