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Professor and Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Chapman University - Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Rinker Health Science Campus (Irvine, CA), with a branch at the Orange Campus (Orange, CA)
$300,000 to $350,000 a year
Closing date
Dec 17, 2023

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Chapman University invites applications for the position of Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences, with its headquarters at the Rinker Health Science campus, in Irvine, CA.  This is a tenured faculty position at the rank of Full Professor.

Chapman University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences was founded in 2019. Since then, the Institute has leveraged significant investments in its physical and intellectual resources to emerge as an internationally respected center for investigating the science underlying free will, intentionality and consciousness. The Institute is now entering the next phase of growth, with the goal of becoming an internationally recognized interdisciplinary hub for researchers and specialists working at the intersections of psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, neurobiology, philosophy (of mind), computation, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, information processing and other emerging areas of inquiry broadly related to the field of neuroscience. At the same time, the Institute is poised to bring together researchers from across Chapman University, at both the Rinker Health Science campus and the Orange campus, to become a catalyst for growth in neuroscience research in diverse areas such as pain, human performance, aging brain aging, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, developmental origins of mental health, and artificial intelligence, among others, while maintaining its presence in consciousness-related topics. Applicants from all areas of cognitive neuroscience research are welcome.

Chapman University is in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. Chapman offers traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, with psychology and health science programs among the most popular. It is also host to innovative highly interdisciplinary graduate programs in Computational and Data Sciences, and in Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics. Chapman University has developed a highly successful Rinker Health Science Campus, the main physical location of the Brain Institute, and has assembled a core of well-funded research faculty with research foci relevant to this second phase of the Brain Institute. The university has achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Chapman faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, service, and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, with myriad of opportunities for collaborations with a growing number of medical, technological, and public health professionals in the Southern California region. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, Chapman creates an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the university and Crean College are available at and   

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity, equity, and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


Chapman University seeks a Director whose leadership will realize the new vision for the Institute in both its strategic tasks. The Director will bring outstanding academic credentials as a top level, internationally recognized scholar; a record of extra-mural, preferably federal sponsored research; administrative and budgetary aptitude; a capacity to foster interactions within the university, and with the international scientific community in the relevant domains of expertise; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence; an ability to collaborate effectively with all internal stakeholders; and a proven understanding on how to shape, advance and implement a shared trans-collegiate strategic vision to build and expand upon the foundations of the Brain Institute.  The Director will oversee the Institute’s operations and effectively manage the Institute’s resources and activities. As part of building a new vision for the institute, the Director will be expected to optimize the use of the extensive existing resources, mentor faculty, recruit and support new tenure track faculty members, and add necessary equipment and instrumentation.  Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Continue to grow the Brain Institute and secure a reputation within the international scientific community as a hub for fostering research interactions among diverse groups leading to new insights into complex neuroscience-related questions.
  • Actively support and promote the research direction and scientific collaborations of current and future faculty at the Brain Institute.
  • Maintain a program of funded research.
  • Lead efforts to expand existing research support, including identifying new sources of funding to address complex problems aligned with the Brain Institute’s current and future areas of research focus.
  • Allocate infrastructure and resources among Brain Institute support staff and research groups to sustain current and promote future innovation and excellence in consultation with university leadership.


  • Terminal academic doctorate (Ph.D. equivalent)
  • Tenurable at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Robust, active, externally funded research program, a distinguished publication record, and a history of external grant support within neuroscience and related fields.
  • Excellent written and oral communicator with a demonstrated skillset to both lead proposals and projects independently while also contributing to existing projects as a technical and task leader.
  • Evidence of academic or professional leadership, accompanied by the names of three leading scholars who can provide professional references.
  • Evidence of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


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