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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior (6041)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior (6041)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Psychology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology - Neuropsychology
    Psychology - General


The Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in neuroscience and behavior. Applications are invited from individuals that use modern neuroscience or physiological techniques to investigate the basis of developmental, cognitive, or social phenomena. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential to establish an independent research program that will provide translational learning experiences for students and will attract extramural funding. In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes within their area of expertise. Finally, the candidate will be involved in mentoring students through capstone, MA, and PhD projects. Experience working with diverse populations of students as well as evidence of inclusive and engaging teaching practices are highly desirable. Additional responsibilities include service to the department, college, university, and community.

This position will be supported by a peer mentoring program, competitive start-up funds, access to shared facilities/equipment, dedicated lab space, and a staffed vivarium.

The Psychology Department is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and includes twenty-four full-time faculty members. In addition to being one of the largest undergraduate majors on campus, the department offers Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, School Psychology, and Social Psychology. The Psychology Department will serve as the tenure home for the appointment.

NIU is a public research university in DeKalb, an affordable and growing community that is a commutable distance from Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. Our 16,000+ student body is diverse, with many first-generation and racially and culturally diverse students. NIU prides itself on student-centered approaches to teaching and research, and has social mobility, equity, and inclusion at the heart of its mission. Recently, NIU was nationally recognized as a top college for diversity and LGBTQ+ students and staff, and has been named one of the Great Colleges to Work For two years in a row. NIU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion includes a thriving Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, six cultural resource centers, and six academic diversity centers.

Qualified candidates who are dedicated to empowering students from underserved communities through their research, teaching, community engagement, service, and/or mentoring are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary

The Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior is expected to establish an active and innovative research program the uses modern neuroscience or physiological techniques. In addition, the candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate curricular needs in the Department of Psychology. Further, the faculty member will be responsible for mentoring and supporting students as well as service to the department, college, and university.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Engaging in appropriate scholarly activities in the field
  • Collaborating and contributing to ongoing research projects with faculty
  • Providing service to the university and the profession
  • Working collaboratively with faculty and administration to meet accreditation requirements
  • Developing university/school partnerships to enhance programs.
  • Contribute to exam committees, thesis committees, and dissertation committees as needed

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or closely related field

Additional Requirements


Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity
  • Evidence of mentoring and teaching experience
  • Some postdoctoral experience or specialized training in psychology, neuroscience, or closely related field
  • Experience developing proposals for external funding
  • Commitment to inclusive pedagogy, diversity, and equity

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