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Open Rank Teaching and Research Faculty Position

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Open Rank Teaching and Research Faculty Position
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: TR0170099
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:

Virginia Tech (VT) recently launched a bold and innovative Neuroscience Initiative by establishing a School of Neuroscience. With the objective to globally recruit outstanding students interested in obtaining a degree in Neuroscience it is expected that VT will become a destination university for the nation’s best students interested in Neuroscience. The School of Neuroscience offers an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum spanning multiple disciplines and colleges. In addition to the traditional pre-health neuroscience courses on Cellular, Molecular, Developmental, Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, a newly developed curriculum includes innovative courses such as Computational Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics, Neuroengineering, Neurorobotics, Neuromedicine, Neurogenetics, Neurolaw, Neuroethics and Neuroeconomics, among others. Following a “handson minds-on” philosophy, VT students engage in scholarly research and discovery activities as part of their training.

Virginia Tech invites applications by interested candidates to join the 15 primary faculty members who joined the School of Neuroscience since 2015 ( We are particularly interested in candidates with research portfolios in Computational and Systems Neuroscience, Neuroscience of Pain and Neurogenetics. This focus aligns with the recently launched Destination Areas, particularly the Adaptive Brain and Behavior destination. Prospective faculty members must show a sincere interest in teaching undergraduates and be prepared to develop innovative courses. Successful candidates will establish a competitive research program that can attract extramural funding from a wide variety of funding agencies and are expected to show a desire to include undergraduates as an integral part of their research program. With over 6,000 graduate students, VT also offers graduate programs in many Neuroscience- related disciplines including the Translational Biology, Medicine and Health (TBMH) program. Prospective faculty members can draw from an excellent pool of graduate students to support their research program. The VT School of Neuroscience expects to recruit 3 additional faculty members in 2017-2018 with the majority being recruited at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level, however, well-qualified, mid-career applicants are also encouraged to apply. Competitive salary, space and start-up packages will be provided. Applications must be submitted online at (Posting #TR ) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least three references, a research program description, and a statement of teaching philosophy describing an integrated vision for neuroscience education. Review of applications will begin on 09/01/2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have earned a doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., MD/Ph.D., DVM) in a relevant discipline and at least post-doctoral experience at the time of appointment. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in neuroscience related research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and attendance at scientific conferences and prior funding through individual federal or foundation support; have a vision to establish an independent research program with a high likelihood to be competitive for extramural grant support; demonstrated experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research; vision, creativity, and leadership skills; willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries and a true desire to advise and teach a student body which is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with research programs that mesh well with the immediate programmatic needs of the School and who can quickly establish undergraduate courses that support a rigorous and diverse Neuroscience curriculum. Existing grant support, while not essential, will be considered supportive.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at (Posting #TR0170099) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least three references, a research program description, and a statement of teaching philosophy describing an integrated vision for neuroscience education. Review of applications will begin on 09/01/2017 and continue until the positions are filled.
Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the Executive Director of the School of Neuroscience, Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D., College of Science, VT, Blacksburg VA at

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: 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:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
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