Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience - The University of Texas at El Paso

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience - The University of Texas at El Paso

locationEl Paso, TX, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/17/2024
Full Time

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

UTEP is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-México border region whose mission is that of increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, we advance discovery of public value and positively impact the health, culture, education, and economy of the community we serve. Eighty-four percent of our students are Hispanic, and half of our undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college. Deeply woven into the University's character are the distinctive strengths of the people whom we serve. At UTEP, our 24,000 students have access to 169 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods.

The University's rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health fields, and other areas ranks UTEP fourth in federal research expenditures among the public universities in Texas. UTEP will facilitate the success of new faculty members by providing a strong network of neuroscience faculty, excellent resources for student trainees, and excellent facilities for conducting behavioral neuroscience research. UTEP has a collaborative network of 14 neuroscience faculty. The UTEP Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC), supported by the National Institutes of Health Research Centers in Minority Institutions (NIH RCMI) Program, provides analytical, experimental, and infrastructural support through state-of-the-art core facilities to UTEP biomedical researchers. Importantly, UTEP has aggressively expanded biomedical research opportunities in recent years through the development of a new building focused on interdisciplinary research, a new NIH-funded Imaging and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, development of a Center for Integrative and Translational Research that supports the integration of basic and clinical research initiatives, and enhanced research collaborations with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

The Psychology Department has 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. We have an active Ph.D. program and a vibrant research environment. In addition to the concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience in Psychology, there are concentrations in Health Psychology, Social and Cultural Psychology, Legal Psychology, Bilingualism Language & Cognition, and a master's program in Clinical Psychology, offering a diversity of research perspectives and ripe opportunities for collaboration. Several investigators are working on issues related to motivated behavior and substance use at different levels of analysis.

Job Description:

The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience. Applicants should complement and extend existing expertise and engage in behavioral neuroscience research. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in developmental neurobiology, motivated behaviors, metabolic disorders, learning and memory, stress or stress-related disorders, substance use, and/or candidates with expertise in utilizing cellular, molecular, and/or behavioral approaches. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The anticipated appointment date is Fall 2024.


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field; postdoctoral or other relevant experience; published research; potential to attract external funding; and the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. We particularly seek candidates who show the potential to collaborate with existing faculty in the Psychology Department or other departments across UTEP, but promising scholars with research interests in any area of Behavioral Neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

In keeping with its access, excellence, and impact 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. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

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 in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at titleix@utep.edu, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at eoaa@utep.edu.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on October 31st and continue until the position is filled. Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

Applicants must submit:

1. A curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter describing how your experience would add value to the UTEP Neuroscience community and our institutional mission and goals (https://www.utep.edu/about/utep-vision-mission-and-goals.html)
3. Statement of research interests and qualifications;
4. Statement of teaching philosophy;
5. Complete contact information for three professional references;
6. Up to three reprints or pre-prints.

If you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Laura O'Dell, Search Committee Chair, at lodell@utep.edu