Chair of Neurobiology
University of California Los Angeles
United States

Chair of Neurobiology


Job #JPF08564
  • Deans Office-School Of Medicin / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Position overview

Position title:Chair, Department of Neurobiology
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP. ( The salary range for this position is $305,000-$420,000. This position includes membership in the health sciences compensation plan (, which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

Application Window

Open date: July 12, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Aug 14, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Los Angeles invites applicants and nominations for an internationally recognized neuroscientist to join the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) as Chair of the Department of Neurobiology. The Chair is an endowed position with exceptional support and resources from the DGSOM for the recruitment of tenure-track faculty, management and renovation of space, and building innovative new research and educational programs in neurobiology that further enhance the department, in collaboration with other highly interactive components of UCLA. The existing administrative team in the department includes fund managers, purchasing agents, student affairs officer, administrative assistant to the Chair, development liaison, human resources analyst, and a chief administrative officer all working under the Chair with a common goal to optimize the work environment and academic productivity for the faculty.

The Chair is responsible for advancing the Department’s mission of excellence in education, service and research through the development of educational programs, research and innovation, financial management, staffing, performance growth, faculty recruitment and retention, and the strengthening of community partnerships. The Chair will continue the tradition of cultivating a scientifically rigorous as well as highly collegial, inclusive, and multidisciplinary environment consistent with the principles of the DGSOM’s Cultural North Star ( The Chair reports to the Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences.

Located in an urban setting, UCLA has been named the number one public university in the nation by US News and World Report for the last six years. UCLA is California's largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UCLA is known both for its excellence in research and education with a $1 billion research portfolio. The Department of Neurobiology is uniquely poised for transformational cross-disciplinary innovations.

The Department of Neurobiology ( is recognized as a premier fundamental research department and a leading force in neuroscience discovery and education at UCLA and worldwide. The department encompasses diverse backgrounds in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, behavioral research, and engineering. Research in the department focuses on systems and molecular/cellular neuroscience, computational and circuit/network analyses, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, and development to enhance the understanding of the nervous system and its role in health and disease. The department participates in collaborative efforts across UCLA, which has one of the largest and most diverse neuroscience communities in the nation, comprised of the Brain Research Institute, the Neuroscience Research Theme, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the UCLA Intellectual Development and Disabilities Research Center, the Semel Institute, the Brain Mapping Center, the California NanoSystems Institute, and the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences. Collaborative neuroscience opportunities exist in other departments across campus, including Neurobiology, Physiology, Biological Chemistry, Human Genetics, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, and Neurosurgery, Integrative Biology & Physiology, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, Computational and Systems Biology, and Psychology, as well as departments within the schools of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

The ideal candidate is a distinguished neuroscientist with an outstanding record of accomplishments in research, education and service, and an aptitude for collaboration and leadership. The successful candidate will combine their academic acumen with excellent communication skills, an inspiring strategic vision, longstanding dedication to mentorship and the development of scientists, and a commitment to fostering an equitable environment that is inclusive and respectful of diversity. All candidates must hold an advanced degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) and appropriate academic credentials for a tenured faculty appointment at UCLA.

The search committee chair invites confidential inquiries, nominations, or submissions of interest (curriculum vitae and informative personal statement, including an EDI statement

Stephen Cannon, MD, PhD and Kathrin Plath, PhD
c/o Caitlin Hargadon
Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant
UCLA Health

The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 5 – Faculty HSCP. ( The salary range for this position is $305,000-$420,000. This position includes membership in the health sciences compensation plan (, which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

The shared values of the DGSOM are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to the University of California commitment to diversity and excellence. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

All aspects of searches are confidential and all candidates are expected to review and abide by UC Regents Policy 1111 on Statement on Ethical Values and Standards of Conduct

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD, MD or equivalent

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

Referencing will be done with candidate permissions at the appropriate time in the search process.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, California

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