Assistant Professor, Neurobiology

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The Department of Biology at the University of Iowa, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of neurobiology, beginning in the academic year 2024. We welcome applications from candidates using a variety of approaches and techniques.

Candidates must hold a PhD and have postdoctoral training (or the equivalent). Successful candidates will have an established record of research in high-quality journals and show strong promise of an externally-funded program of research and of productive research interactions with current faculty members in neurobiology and related areas. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the instructional mission of the Department of Biology, including the undergraduate Neuroscience major, by teaching courses and mentoring students, as well as well as by promoting an inclusive culture in the workforce and academic environment. 

The Department of Biology is housed in two connected buildings, located in the heart of Iowa City. The Department is home to a diverse group of faculty including neurobiologists, as well as cell and developmental biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary biologists. Our faculty are well-integrated within the larger neuroscience community on campus, which is experiencing unprecedented growth in financial support for faculty and research infrastructure with 140 neuroscientists across five colleges and 26 departments, and the recently established Iowa Neuroscience Institute. This environment offers extensive opportunities and support for vibrant interdepartmental collaboration with researchers across our campus. The Institute supports core facilities including the Neural Circuits and Behavior Core and the Iowa NeuroBank Core.

The Department is home to the Carver Center for Genomics, offering in-house DNA sequencing, genomics, transcriptomics, and other services, and the Carver Center for Imaging, which houses a multiphoton microscope as well as other confocal and epifluorescence systems. Additional state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Iowa, include MRI, microscopy, and high-throughput genetic analysis facilities. The Department has both PhD and MS programs, and faculty also recruit PhD students from the NIH T32 Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, as well as other interdisciplinary graduate programs. 


To apply, please visit the submission website at and refer to requisition #74892. Materials should be submitted electronically, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, research statement, copies of three to five selected scholarly papers, and a teaching statement that addresses the applicant’s interests, experiences, and aspirations in science education, curriculum development and mentorship, as well as email contact information for three professional references. Informal inquiries about the position can be directed to (Chair of Biology). The review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. We also seek applicants for second tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of cell biology, requisition #74891.

The Department of Biology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. 

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct investigation including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment and provide a related release and will be subject to a criminal background and credential check.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Education Requirement:
  • PhD in biology or related field awarded by the anticipated start date of August 21, 2024.
Required Qualifications:
  • Postdoctoral training or equivalent.
  • Research specialization in neurobiology
  • High-quality publications in any area of neurobiology research.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Promise of an independent, externally-funded, and cutting-edge research program.
  • Proposed research program synergizes or complements departmental research strengths.
  • Independent teaching and mentoring experience in biology.

For additional details and to apply, click on the link below.

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Tina Tootle, Ph.D.