Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience
University of San Diego, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty
United States

Department Description:


The University of San Diego is a contemporary, liberal arts Catholic institution whose mission strongly supports academic excellence, diversity, community, and compassionate service.


The Department of Psychological Sciences at USD offers two undergraduate majors: one in Psychology and an interdisciplinary major in Behavioral Neuroscience.  For more information about the department, please visit our website:


Detailed Description:     

The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego invites applicants for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Behavioral Neuroscience to start in Fall 2020.


The department values both teaching and research and the typical teaching load is three courses per semester. Candidates are expected to have a strong research agenda, to participate in University service, and to advise undergraduates. We welcome candidates who are innovative in their pedagogical and research approaches to investigating neuroscience.


Faculty for both positions will be expected to teach Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, the Behavioral Neuroscience Advanced Research Methods Capstone, and lower-division Research Methods and Statistics courses.  We are also looking for candidates who could teach Behavior Genetics, Evolutionary Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Biopsychology.


The departmental expectation is that the candidate’s research program would involve undergraduate students as research assistants and collaborators, and primarily be conducted on campus. Research using invertebrate, rat, fish, or computational models is preferred. Candidates with experience working with and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds are especially welcome to apply.


The preferred candidates will have a completed Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, or related field. Postdoctoral experience with independent research and university-level teaching is also preferred.


Job Requirements:         

A PhD is required at the time of appointment.


Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.


Posting Salary:  

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.


The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits


Special Application Instructions:               

Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload the following to your application profile for review:

• Cover letter

• CV

• Teaching Philosophy (limit 2 pages)

• Research Statement, including a Mentoring Philosophy (limit 2 pages)

• A representative sample of teaching evaluations

• A representative sample of reprints

• Three (3) letters of recommendation


Within your teaching and mentoring philosophies, explain how you will contribute to the culture of inclusion and diversity at USD.


Priority review of applications will begin Sept 9, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.


Contact: Anne Koenig,


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Additional Details:          

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.


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