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Collegiate Assistant Professor

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Collegiate Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170100
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech ( seeks applicants for a collegiate faculty position at the assistant professor level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field at the time of appointment. Collegiate faculty members have a primary commitment to the instructional mission of the department, including graduate and undergraduate teaching, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy including experience learning opportunities. Successful candidates should give evidence of potential to take a lead role in enhancing curricula and promoting teaching excellence. Candidates are also expected to participate in departmental and university service activities including but not limited to committees and community outreach.

The School of Neuroscience has 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 500 undergraduate majors. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in new multidisciplinary programs and curricula in Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience, Experimental Neuroscience, Computational and Systems Neuroscience, and Clinical Neuroscience. These programs align with the recently launched Virginia Tech Destination Areas, particularly the Adaptive Brain and Behavior destination.

The collegiate faculty rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a clear promotion path with increasingly long-term contracts. Collegiate faculty are full members of the department faculty, and are expected to participate in sponsored research, mentor graduate students, participate in department and professional service, etc. This position is located at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA, a region consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live.

Required Qualifications:

- An earned Ph.D. in neuroscience or a closely related field
- At least 2 years of Postdoctoral experience;
- Ability to contribute to the School of Neuroscience’s teaching mission, at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Record of significant research accomplishments, e.g., publications;
- Record of independent teaching and course management.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience in higher education instructional activities with strong promise for being a leader in the instructional mission;
- A record of scholarly accomplishment in the area of pedagogy.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online to Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Harald Sontheimer, Search Committee Chair,

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: School of Neuroscience
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 08/11/2017
Review Begin Date: 09/01/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
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