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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Developmental Neurobiology

Research / Scientific

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Developmental Neurobiology

  • 522230
  • Roanoke, Virginia, United States
  • School of Neuroscience
  • Research / Scientific
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Virginia Tech (VT) invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Developmental Neurobiology in the School of Neuroscience and at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, Virginia. We are seeking a candidate who will apply innovative approaches to fundamental and/or translational questions in developmental neurobiology to complement existing expertise in neuroscience across Virginia Tech, including at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (https://research.vtc.vt.edu) and in the School of Neuroscience (http://www.neuroscience.vt.edu).

The position will be located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute on the university’s expanding health sciences campus in Roanoke, Virginia. Facilities at the research institute include a number of state-of-the-art core instruments including cellular/molecular imaging (including spinning disc confocal microscopy, standard laser scanning confocal microscopy, scanning block-face electron microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, and flow cytometry), multiple MRIs for human and animal research (including high field MR guided PET and MR guided focused ultrasound), biochemical and molecular biology cores, and rodent behavioral testing suites. Successful candidates will establish a nationally-competitive research program that can attract extramural funding, preferably from the NIH. Competitive salary, space, and start‐up packages will be provided.

Virginia Tech has become a destination university for the nation’s best faculty and trainees interested in neuroscience. The School of Neuroscience offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum that includes four distinct majors: Clinical Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Computational and Systems Neuroscience, and Experimental Neuroscience. Following a “Hands‐on, Minds‐on” philosophy, Virginia Tech undergraduates engage in scholarly research and discovery activities as part of their training. Innovative graduate programs at Virginia Tech also attract competitive and motivated neuroscience-focused Ph.D. students, including those in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate program’s neuroscience track and in the School of Neuroscience’s Ph.D. program.

Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT (https://www.inclusive.vt.edu/) serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community (https://www.inclusive.vt.edu/Programs/vtpoc0.html), which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Both the School of Neuroscience and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute feel strongly that inclusion, equity, and diversity are values that we promote and hold in the highest regard. To be successful, faculty must not only excel in the domains of scholarship, education, and service, but are expected to contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School, Institute, University, and/or community.

Required Qualifications

All applicants must have earned a doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., MD/Ph.D., DVM) in a relevant discipline with post‐doctoral experience at the time of appointment. We are specifically interested in applicants whose research program will include modern approaches to understand the normal and/or pathological development of the nervous system. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in neuroscience‐related research as evidenced by: (1) peer‐reviewed publications in excellent journals and prior funding through individual federal or foundation support; (2) a vision to establish an independent research program with a high likelihood to be competitive for extramural grant support; (3) demonstrated experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research; (4) vision, creativity, and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with research programs that integrate and complement existing research programs in the School of Neuroscience and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VT and relate to the programmatic needs of our undergraduate and graduate curricula.  Existing grant support, while a good indicator for future funding potential, is not required.

Materials Submission:

A completed application will include the following materials:  a current CV; a cover letter; a personal diversity statement; a one page teaching statement; and a three page research statement.  In addition, please include a list of three professional references that will be available to provide letters of reference directly to the search committee.  Instructions for the uploading of the letters will be emailed directly to the professional references. 

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Review Date

11/1/2022; Ongoing Until Filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military 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 on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact Jonathan Hedrick at hedrick1@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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