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Assistant Professor of Cognitive or Behavioral Neuroscience; Department of Psychology

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 18th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Psychology within the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience or Cognitive Neuroscience. Candidates research should address fundamental questions related to the neural mechanisms of behavior using modern/cutting-edge conceptual, experimental and technical approaches in human or non-human animal models. Candidates with interests in the areas of motor control, executive function, social interaction, affective mechanisms, and/or development are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Psychology provides a hub for Behavioral Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience research integrated within the broader, world-leading, Neurosciences community at UC San Diego. Our members are often affiliated with The Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego. We are committed to academic excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and the student body.

Successful applicants will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate students within the Department of Psychology. All candidates are expected to establish a vigorous program of high-quality funded research.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

A PhD or ABD in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience or related field is required by the start of appointment, as well as a record of publishable research in any area of behavioral neuroscience or cognitive neuroscience. Demonstrated teaching excellence is preferred. In addition to excellence and creativity in research and scholarship, the preferred candidate demonstrates a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education.

Applications should be submitted electronically via UCSD's Academic Personnel On-Line RECRUIT (

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

La Jolla, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publication

  • Publication

  • Publication

  • Publication (Optional)

  • Publication (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required