Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience - 20318BR

Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Psychology to begin as early as August 18, 2022. The desired candidate will have a program of research and a teaching portfolio in computational neuroscience that can contribute to the department's growing Brain, Behavior and Quantitative Science Program and/or the established Clinical Psychology program. An ideal candidate will have expertise developing computational models of brain and behavior to address theory-driven questions using behavioral and/or neural data in domains such as, but not limited to, brain structure and function, cognition, development across the lifespan, psychopathology, and/or social processes. An ideal candidate will also have an identifiable path for obtaining external funding.

The University of Kansas and the Department of Psychology recognizes that diversity across our students, staff, and faculty strengthens our organization, campus, and community and is a core initiative in the University's strategic plan, Jayhawks Rising. Candidates are encouraged to reflect their commitment, practice, and application of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the application to reflect their ability to contribute in this space. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The successful applicant must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It is also only an hour drive from downtown Kansas City.

Job Description

40% Research:

Conduct research in the area of expertise that complements current strengths in the department. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, one that grows in depth and importance throughout their career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer reviewed journals, present findings at professional conferences, and pursue external funding.

40% Teaching/Advising:
  • Teach 4 courses/academic year in the Psychology department; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments. One course equivalency may be dedicated in the overall teaching effort of responsibilities for this position to specific curricular reform and development.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must plan for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week, one day a week.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three office hours posted each week are required. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.
20% Service:
Tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at-large.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in curriculum vitae, (3) information provided from professional references:
  1. A Ph.D. or ABD in Psychology or a related field is expected by the start date of the appointment (08-18-2022).
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and collaborative environments.
  3. Potential to establish an independent programmatic line of research that includes publications and external funding.
  4. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels and to mentor students.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement; (4) no more than three examples of scholarly papers; (5) a teaching statement; and (6) the names, e-mail, and contact information for three references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. At the time of application, applicants will be asked to answer the following question regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion: Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The search committee would also like to expand on the question and ask for specific information related to "how via research, teaching, and/or service the candidate can help enhance and stretch the department in its continuing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion." The response in the application must be within 4,000 characters or less (or can be added as a diversity statement attachment).Application review begins November 15, 2021 and will continue until the a pool of qualified applicants has been obtained. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins November 15, 2021 and will continue until the a pool of qualified applicants has been obtained.

Contact Information to Applicants

Information inquiries regarding the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:
Dr. Tim Pleskac
Dept. of Psychology

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

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