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Coordinator for the Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience

University of Illinois School of MCB
Champaign, Illinois
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Full Time
Mid Level

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Job Summary

The Coordinator for the Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience is responsible for program coordination of, and academic and career advising for the undergraduate major in Neuroscience. This position serves as a member of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Instructional Program team.

Duties & Responsibilities

Program Coordination – Develop and execute a plan for recruitment and retention of students in Neuroscience. Develop and serve as an instructor in a Neuroscience orientation course should one be required. Facilitate modifications to the degree program and course offerings when required. Represent Neuroscience at all student-facing events for prospective, admitted, and current students. Collect and interpret program assessment data used in continuous improvement cycle for the neuroscience major. Support diversity in all aspects of the educational experience.

Academic Advising – Advise students regarding requirements of the Neuroscience major in the School of MCB through individual conferences and group meetings. Meet with all incoming Neuroscience majors during new student orientation/registration in coordination with the School of MCB and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Consult with students about course expectations and academic performance. Develop and implement academic support programming. Utilize campus-level online advising systems, such as DARS, Banner, and UGradRecs, to help each student get the best service from all relevant units.

Career Advising – Provide career development coaching and guidance to undergraduates in Neuroscience. Support students as they investigate and determine their vocational goals. Design educational programs to support student exploration and agency as they formulate their post-graduation plan. Support students as they develop the skills needed to be the best possible candidate for professional school, graduate school, or employment.

Administrative – Maintain accurate and timely records of all interactions with students. Attend School and College meetings as required. Foster positive collegial relationships amongst the School of MCB community. Assist in administration and determination of any awards, scholarships, or fellowships. Other duties as assigned to further the mission of the unit.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in neuroscience or related biological disciplinary area. Training or demonstrated experience in teaching, academic advising, or mentoring in a college or university setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or PhD in neuroscience or related biological disciplinary area.
  • At least one year of professional experience in teaching, academic advising, or mentoring in a college or university setting.
  • Experience working with undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or other large research university.
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Knowledge of academic skills and student development issues associated with undergraduate student populations, especially those that require enhanced advising and academic skills support.
  • Commitment to working with culturally diverse groups.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after deadline date. The target salary for this position is $55,000-70,000. Actual starting salary will be determined by the candidate’s credentials and alignment with the position requirements.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on November 29, 2023. To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and use the Apply Now button on the posting.  Upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references.   Please remember to include specific information on how you meet the qualifications of the position in your application materials. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing


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