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Open-Rank Position, Department of Neuroscience at Bilkent University

Bilkent University
Ankara (TR)
Salary will be internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

Job Details

Bilkent University invites applications for multiple open-rank faculty positions in the Department of Neuroscience. The department plans to expand research activities in certain focus areas and accordingly seeks applications from promising or established scholars who have worked in the following or related fields:

  • Cellular/molecular/developmental neuroscience with a strong emphasis on research involving animal models. 
  • Systems/cognitive/computational neuroscience with a strong emphasis on research involving emerging data-driven approaches, including artificial intelligence, robotics, brain-machine interfaces, virtual reality, computational imaging, and theoretical modeling.

Candidates with a research focus in those areas whose research has a neuroimaging component are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department’s interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience that offers Master's and PhD degrees was established in 2014. The department is affiliated with Bilkent’s Aysel Sabuncu Brain Research Center (ASBAM) and the National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM). Faculty affiliated with the department has the privilege to access state-of-the-art research facilities in these centers, including animal facilities, cellular/molecular laboratory infrastructure, psychophysics laboratories, eyetracking laboratories, EEG laboratories, a human-robot interaction laboratory, and two MRI scanners (3T and 1.5T).

Bilkent is located in Ankara, Turkey's metropolitan capital, with daily direct flights to Istanbul and other major European cities. Bilkent University provides faculty members and their families with free housing, access to private health insurance, International Baccalaureate schooling options for dependents, and other benefits.

Qualifications and Responsibilities
Applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline and should have an excellent publication record (requirements vary with rank). A demonstrated ability or the potential to secure external research funding will be a strong advantage. Faculty members are expected to maintain productive research programs. Successful applicants will supervise PhD and Master's students and teach during the Fall and Spring semesters with no teaching requirement during summer.

The full-time appointments can begin as soon as a successful applicant is identified, although the starting date is negotiable. Salary will be internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure
Applicants should submit

a cover letter;
research statement;
teaching statement;
pdf copies of 3 most important publications; and
contact information for 3-5 professional references.

Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled. Applications can be submitted through the application portal

Inquiries can be directed to or +90 312 290 3002.

Interested candidates can contact us to schedule an appointment during the SfN annual meeting, where some members of the department will be present.

For more information, please visit the following websites:


Bilkent University was founded on October 20, 1984 by Ihsan Dogramaci, through the joint resolution of Ihsan Dogramaci Education Foundation, Ihsan Dogramaci Science and Research Foundation and Ihsan Dogramaci Health Foundation. The establishment of this private university was later approved by an act of Parliament. The aim was to create a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent”‘ exemplifies the founder’s aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti” in Turkish for “city of science and knowledge.” Currently there are about 13,000 students in 9 faculties and 2 four-year professional schools. Among them are foreign students from different countries. With funds from the endowments provided by the founder, the university each year awards scholarships to 47% of the student body. To promote the enrichment of teaching and research programs, Bilkent University entered into collaborative projects and exchange programs with many universities abroad. Bilkent has student exchange agreements with universities from countries such as Australia, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The faculty is comprised of an academic staff from around 40 different countries. Most of them were working in prominent universities in North America and Europe when they received offers from Bilkent University. According to ISI Citation Indexes, Bilkent ranks high in Turkey and internationally in number of published papers per faculty member. Bilkent University ranks 28th in Times Higher Education’s 100 Under 50 list of the world’s best young universities

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