Assistant Professor – Computational Neuroscience/Neuroimaging
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in neuroscience with two potential areas of focus: computational neuroscience or neuroimaging. The anticipated appointment date is Fall 2020. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program, to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and to participate in departmental service. Outstanding qualified applicants in all areas of computational neuroscience and/or neuroimaging in animal models are strongly encouraged to apply, but special consideration will be given to candidates who utilize neural data science approaches for neuroscience in their research (behavioral data analyses for animal models; neuroinformatics, natural language processing, deep learning, knowledge engineering; network analyses of connectomic datasets; and/or data fitting to theoretical models of neural function). Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences offers two Ph.D. tracks (Bioscience and Ecology/Evolution) and has faculty that contribute to the NIH-funded Border Biomedical Research Center, which offers unique resources and grant opportunities for its investigators. The department boasts multiple state-of-the-art core facilities with full-time staff and BSL3/ABSL3 facilities. The core facilities include those focused on mass spectrometry, genomics, tissue culture and high-throughput drug screening, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics and biostatistics. Neuroscience faculty maintain strong collaborative and programmatic ties with several other departments, including Psychology, Pharmacy, Kinesiology, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. We anticipate the opening of our new Interdisciplinary Research Building in 2020 with a modern animal care facility and a proposed small-animal imaging core that will further enhance research opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to visit https://www.utep.edu/science/biology to see current areas of research.
ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The University has annual research expenditures of $91 million, maintains an operating budget of $450 million, employs approximately 4,000 people and was recently recognized as a Carnegie R1 research institution. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University offers 170 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs which are available in eight colleges and schools. UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic.
ABOUT EL PASO: Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located along the U.S.–Mexico border in one of the largest binational communities in the world. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people with rich cultural heritage, that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. El Paso’s diversity is enriched as the home of Fort Bliss, the second-largest Army installation in the United States, and the home of the Army’s Sergeant Major Academy. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and an exemplary record of research accomplishments.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, a brief description of teaching philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references.
In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.
The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.