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Assistant Professor of Biology/Neurobiology

(Ref#: 496609)

Bucknell University

  • Academic Faculty - Tenured
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The Department of Biology at Bucknell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in neurobiology to begin August 2021. We expect to hire at the assistant professor level. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. We seek a committed educator with the desire to engage with undergraduates in the classroom and the research laboratory. A Ph.D. is required; candidates in the final stages of their dissertation will be considered but would have to complete the degree to continue employment after the first year. Postdoctoral experience is encouraged but not required. We welcome candidates who offer embodied diversity in all forms. The successful candidate will demonstrate inclusive pedagogical practices, and/or cultural conversance in the biology classroom. Evidence of the candidate’s commitment to equity in both the classroom and in scholarly collaboration must be included in the application materials.

The position requires the ability and commitment to pursue a high-quality research program with potential emphasis in, but not limited to, molecular or cellular neurobiology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a core course in molecular/cellular neurobiology with a fully-equipped electrophysiology laboratory for neuroscience majors and an upper-level course in neurobiology that would enhance the curricula in Neuroscience and Biology. The University is committed to mentoring new faculty and can provide support for the core course development. Other teaching responsibilities will include participation in the core biology courses or other courses that meet the general education goals of the University. 

Bucknell’s College of Arts and Sciences is a nationally recognized leader in undergraduate education. The Biology Department provides an undergraduate education in a liberal arts context that features close interactions with a small student body. The department is committed to student-centered inclusive pedagogical approaches, high-impact activities that foster scientific development of students, and a community that supports diversity. We seek candidates who demonstrate excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

Application materials should include six documents:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. Curriculum Vitae,
  3. A teaching statement addressing the applicant’s commitment to inclusive undergraduate teaching and the applicant’s ability to teach the courses mentioned above,
  4. A research plan outlining the applicant’s intentions for scholarly work at Bucknell; the strongest statements will show how that work would engage a diverse student body,
  5. A statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion addressing the applicant’s experience with and commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning and research environment, and 
  6. Contact information for at least three potential references that the committee may contact to request letters, if necessary.

For additional information and to apply, please go to Bucknell’s career site ( Consideration of applications will begin on 01 November 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

Education Requirement:
Ph.D. Required; post-doctoral experience encouraged.
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • molecular or cellular neurobiology
  • electrophysiology
Bucknell University
1 Dent Dr.
Lewisburg , PA 17837
Dr Elizabeth Capaldi, PhD