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Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Amherst College

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2019
Title Assistant Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
University Amherst College
Amherst, MA, United States
Department Biology Department
Application Deadline Nov. 4, 2019
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology - Neuroscience/Neurobiology

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of molecular and cellular neurobiology, to begin on July 1, 2020. We seek a colleague who is committed to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts college, and who shows promise for establishing a high-quality research program that involves undergraduates. A Ph.D. is required, and postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred.

Amherst College has become one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last decade, the college has profoundly transformed its student body. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students. Amherst College is committed to cultivating an inclusive educational environment. Our expectation is that the successful candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.

The successful candidate will teach an advanced molecular neurobiology course with laboratory, and rotate through an introductory neurobiology course and a team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology. Additional teaching responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise. Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Learning and other institutional initiatives. The candidate is also expected to mount an independent research program that involves undergraduate students. Start-up funding, additional forms of institutional support, and a generous sabbatical leave policy are available. The candidate will be involved in the neuroscience program, which brings together a collaborative interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Departments of Biology and Psychology. The sciences are housed within the new Amherst College science center, completed in 2018, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Candidates are asked to apply electronically to with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (three to five pages), and teaching statement (one to two pages), and a statement that discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst’s diverse learning community (one page), and to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, persons of color and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Karen Racz, academic department coordinator of Biology (; 413-542-2097).

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of more than 200. Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium, offering a variety of opportunities for teaching and research collaborations as well as cultural venues. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst is two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary, the Book & Plow Farm and three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surroundings, make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to live and work. For more information about Amherst College and the Biology Department, please visit our websites:,

  • Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

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  • Karen Racz
    Biology Department
    Amherst College
    PO Box 5000
    Biology Department AC# 2237
    Amherst, MA 01002


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