Full Professor of Exercise Neuroscience

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The University of California Irvine (UCI) invites applications for FULL PROFESSOR in the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) (split appointment) with a focus on exercise neuroscience. Specific research areas could include investigating the effects of regular physical activity on brain function and the underlying mechanisms that drive neural plasticity. The current faculty groups emphasize an integrative framework to understanding complex physiological systems across multiple levels of biological organization including cellular, molecular, synaptic, systems level and organismal physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution.


This faculty position fits squarely within the School of Biological Science’s vision of Mind | Body | World, which includes a significant emphasis on supporting research that bridges across brain science and integrative physiology (https://www.bio.uci.edu/about/dean-biosci-annual-report/). The position will be an essential interdisciplinary link between integrative organismal physiology in EEB and neuroscience in NBB. It is also anticipated that the candidate will take a leadership role in further developing and expanding the existing Center for Exercise Medicine and Sports Sciences (http://emssi.uci.edu ).


Candidates will be expected to contribute to longer-term plans to expand undergraduate courses (both majors and non-major courses) and undergraduate programs (B.S.) and graduate programs (M.S., Ph.D.) that focus on integrative organismal physiology. Also, candidates will be expected to support institutional and departmental teaching and mentoring missions to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young faculty. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and expectations.


Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. James Hicks (jhicks@uci.edu).

Information on the departments is available at http://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu and http://neurobiology.uci.edu. Review of applications will begin November, 2018. Applications completed by December 31, 2018 will be granted full consideration. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position: curriculum vitae, cover letter, reprints of 3-5 relevant publications, and the names and contact information for 3 referees.


For application instructions, please go to the School of Biological Sciences section at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04970.


Criteria for research, teaching, and diversity statement are available here:


Research Statement (up to 3 pages). This statement should:


1. Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field
2. Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
3. Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.


Teaching Statement (1 page). This statement should:


1. Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching/lecturing to undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities.
2. Detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage
in effective teaching strategies.
3. Provide evidence (if any) of effectiveness of previous teaching.


Diversity Statement (1 page). The UC Statement on Diversity is available at:
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html. Applicants will be
evaluated on their required statements of their contribution to diversity. This statement should:


1. Indicate how the candidate has demonstrated awareness of the issues faced by
historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups and the benefits of a
diverse and inclusive faculty.
2. Provide evidence (if any) of the candidate’s track record and success in activities aimed
at reducing barriers in education or research for underrepresented or disadvantaged
groups.
3. Detail specific plans (if any) to contribute through campus programs, new activities, or
through national or off-campus organizations.


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer
advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC
nondiscrimination policy. As a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is
responsive to the needs of dual-career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of
family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.