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Assistant Professor – Behavioral Neuroscience – Department of Psychology

Job Number: 13156

West Virginia University’s Department of Psychology ( invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in Behavioral Neuroscience at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2020. The positions require a PhD or equivalent degree in psychology or a closely related field, relevant postdoctoral research experience, an active research program with strong potential to secure external funding, strong written and oral communication skills, and potential for excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Area of research emphasis is open and should complement current faculty interests (i.e., drug abuse, traumatic brain injury, and inflammation). We welcome applications from candidates making innovative use of techniques related to, but not limited to, genetics, electrophysiology, or imaging.

Neuroscience as a discipline is undergoing major growth at WVU, with targeted hires in the last several years across a variety of departments and the establishment of a multi-disciplinary undergraduate neuroscience major. Current Behavioral Neuroscience faculty are all members of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, an umbrella organization that brings together over 50 neuroscience faculty at WVU.

Animal and human laboratory facilities are available in our Life Sciences Building, which houses the Departments of Psychology and Biology as well as a vivarium to support animal research. WVU also has numerous core facilities to support a variety of research questions ( Additional facilities and opportunities are available through the University Health Sciences Center, the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, the Prevention Research Center, the Injury Control Research Center, and the WV Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The Department of Psychology has 31 full-time faculty, 74 graduate students, and 700 undergraduate pre-majors and majors. Ph.D. training is offered in Behavior Analysis (ABAI accredited), Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical & Clinical Child Psychology (APA accredited), and Life-Span Developmental Psychology. WVU is the academic home to 30,000 students and is one of 10 U.S. land-grant institutions with an academic medical center. Morgantown, West Virginia (, is located within 75 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours of Washington D.C. It has been consistently ranked among the most livable small cities in the U.S

To apply for one of these positions, please visit and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload (a) a single PDF file with a letter of application, including a 1-page teaching statement, a 2-page research statement, and a 1-page description of your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community (which will be evaluated without regard to your personal demographics); (b) a curriculum vitae; and (c) three representative (p)reprints. Also, please arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee at

WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. WVU’s Dual Career Program is designed to help meet the needs of professional couples.

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