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Open-Rank Collegiate Faculty

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech ( seeks applicants for an Open-Rank Collegiate Faculty position on its main campus in Blacksburg, VA.

A bold and innovative initiative, the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience was launched six years ago to globally recruit outstanding students interested in obtaining a degree in Neuroscience. Virginia Tech has rapidly become a destination university for the nation's best students interested in the discipline, having grown to over 850 undergraduate students today. Our Neuroscience Ph.D. program, approved in 2020, is currently recruiting its 4th cohort of students. The School offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum spanning multiple disciplines and colleges including, Cellular and Molecular, Cognitive, and Experimental Neuroscience; advanced disciplinary courses such as Neuroimmunology, Neurogenetics, Computational Neuroscience, and Neuroendocrinology; and innovative electives courses such as Nutritional Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience and Society, and Artificial Intelligence.

The Collegiate Faculty track is a non-tenure track with ranks at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Collegiate Professor levels. This rank offers a clear path to promotion with increasingly longer contracts and promotion criteria clearly defined by the School of Neuroscience, College of Science, and university guidelines. Collegiate faculty participate in all four missions of the School: education, scholarship, service, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful collegiate faculty candidate will have a primary commitment to the School's instructional mission. The focus is on delivering undergraduate education with the potential to contribute to graduate education. A substantial portion of this position will be dedicated to the delivery of core courses in the School’s undergraduate curriculum, including courses such as Introduction to Neuroscience, Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, and Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as the opportunity to develop unique courses based on the applicant's specific areas of expertise. Scholarship will include producing pedagogical innovations, scholarship of teaching and learning, or disciplinary research independently or as part of an existing research team at Virginia Tech.

Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a related field and experience teaching in higher education, preferably at the undergraduate level. The search committee will consider applicants across career stages, and the rank of the successful candidate will be commiserate with experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a closely related field;
  • At least 3 years of Postdoctoral experience;
  • Record of significant research accomplishments, e.g., publications;
  • Applicants for this position must have a proven track record of designing and conducting rigorous neuroscience courses, demonstrating a strong ability to synthesize complex information and present it in an engaging and comprehensible manner to students with diverse learning styles;
  • Ability to contribute to the School of Neuroscience's teaching mission, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of scholarly accomplishment in the area of pedagogy related to Neuroscience;
  • Experience teaching introductory-level courses in neuroscience;
  • Experience teaching large classes.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

2/5/2024; ongoing until filled

Additional Information

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

From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a robust benefits program. This full range of benefits, services, and discounts is an integral part of the university's total compensation package and just one of the many things that make Virginia Tech a great place to work. Virginia Tech Benefits

The position may require some travel to conferences and meetings. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), 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.

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