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Assistant Professor of Systems Neuroscience

Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
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Jan 15, 2024

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Assistant Professor of Systems Neuroscience


University of Connecticut


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Department of Psychological Sciences


The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor within the Behavioral Neuroscience program. We seek a candidate with demonstrated scholarly interest in translational neuroscience using cutting-edge, laboratory-based techniques (e.g., optogenetics, chemo-genetics, calcium imaging, molecular/genetic methods, high-density electrophysiological recording techniques) to examine the neural processes and circuits underlying behavior in animal models.

Ideal candidates will have research that complements UConn's strengths in systems, cognitive and computational neuroscience who can establish fruitful collaborations in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and in the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We are also interested in applicants whose work would have translational relevance, either through the use of animal models or disease related processes. 

The Psychological Sciences Department includes Ph.D. programs in Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Developmental, Ecological, I/0, Language and Cognition, and Social Psychology. There are currently 58 full-time faculty and 130 full-time doctoral students. The Department and University have a commitment to pursuing inclusive excellence.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field by August 2024. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in systems neuroscience and ability to develop a vibrant research program. 
  • Experience using advanced animal research techniques to study neural processes related to cognition, motivation, and behavior. 
  • Commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students within the Psychological Sciences Department.
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience and academic community through research, teaching, and/or service.


  • A record of obtaining external research support.
  • An excellent record of teaching and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.
  • A record of collaboration that will serve to strengthen the graduate program in Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • A record of interdisciplinary collaboration demonstrating potential to integrate research and mentoring with faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences or related UConn neuroscience programs including Physiology & Neurobiology, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Pharmacology and Biomedical and Electrical Engineering.


This appointment is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A letter of application,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Statement of research and teaching interests,
  • Commitment to diversity statement,
  • At least three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. For questions, please contact, Search Committee Chair. For more information regarding the Department, please visit our website: Home | Department of Psychological Sciences

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.


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