Assistant Professor in Neuroscience, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky seeks to fill a tenure-eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Neuroscience. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. The Department of Biology is a highly collaborative environment with areas of focus in circadian rhythms and sleep, neuroendocrinology, sensory biology and regeneration and developmental biology. Additional strength areas include evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics, and behavioral ecology. The Department’s faculty and trainees use a diverse array of biological model systems (e.g., humans, rodents, birds, invertebrates, salamanders, lampreys, zebrafish, microbes, planaria, snakes, and plants) and mathematical and computational tools. Biology faculty also collaborate with life science faculty in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture, and Arts & Sciences, the Markey Cancer Center, the Sanders Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Responsibilities for the successful candidates include (1) establishment of an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribution to the teaching mission of the undergraduate program; (3) teaching and mentoring for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and (4) service for the department, university, and profession. Competitive start-up funds and laboratory space will be provided. A Ph.D. in Neuroscience or equivalent degree with postdoctoral experience (minimum 6 months) demonstrating excellence in their field is required. Evidence of an ability to obtain extramural grant support and/or some teaching experience is encouraged.


Interested applicants should apply online at: Applicants must include the following: 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Statement of Research Experience (upload as Specific Request 1), 4) Statement of Teaching Experience (upload as Specific Request 2), and 5) a statement on their contribution toward inclusive excellence in teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (upload as Specific Request 3). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.


The University of Kentucky provides comprehensive benefits which are fully described at .


Questions about this search should be addressed to Dr. Dave Weisrock, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky (


Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


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