Tenure-Track Neuroscience Faculty Position, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
The Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) School of Medicine in Columbia, SC invites applications from outstanding neuroscience candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. New faculty members will join a highly successful, collegial, and collaborative neuroscience-focused department at a Carnegie R1 research university that has achieved national prominence in research, education, and community engagement. At UofSC, we strive to ensure an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees. The successful candidate is expected to complement departmental research strengths in studying fundamental mechanisms underlying neurophysiological processes, behavior, or drug action. Candidates expanding UofSC’s research prominence in the neural basis and treatment of neuropsychiatric, neurological, and stress-related disorders using preclinical models are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to establish an innovative, externally-funded research program, mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and participate in graduate and medical education. Substantial start-up funds, laboratory facilities and access to core resources in imaging and functional genomics will be provided, as well as support through the Research Center for Transforming Health at the UofSC School of Medicine and research opportunities with the Columbia VA Health Care System.
Applicants at the Assistant Professor rank must have a PhD, MD or equivalent terminal degree in a biomedical science related field and at least 6 months of postdoctoral experience by the beginning date of employment, plus evidence of potential for excellence in graduate and medical education, potential for success in extramural research funding, potential for scholarly productivity, research interests that enhance departmental programs targeting neurobiological disorders, and potential for contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information about the department including our research programs please visit: http://ppn.med.sc.edu/ . Highly qualified applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor rank will also be considered. Such applicants must have three years of experience as an Assistant Professor, have expertise in teaching graduate and medical students, and have a substantial record of publications and extramural research funding.
Qualified applicants must submit electronic application files (PDF or Word) via USCJobs at https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/79721. Applications should include a cover letter summarizing qualifications, a curriculum vitae and publication list, a statement of research plans and professional goals, a statement of teaching interests, a statement addressing your commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusive excellence (see below), and contact information for four references. We seek candidates that will help the department and University on their mission to strive for excellence in research, teaching and service by creating a more diverse, unbiased, and welcoming culture; information on developing your diversity statement can be found below our Diversity Statement. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position send an email message to Dr. David Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org with “PPN Faculty Search” in the subject line.
UofSC is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and is responsive to the needs of dual career candidates. At UofSC, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We therefore encourage applications from candidates that will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community, including women and underrepresented groups.
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
Preparing a Diversity Statement for our Department:
Thank you for considering a position in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) School of Medicine, located in Columbia, SC.
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to ensure an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity at work is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement.
UofSC celebrates the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our faculty, staff, and students. Therefore, we are asking you provide a brief statement regarding your commitment to helping us on our mission to create a diverse, equitable, and welcoming culture in our department, School, and University where everyone can thrive. Your statement will help us build our team with candidates that have the experiences, professional skills, and/or enthusiasm to enhance our efforts for enriching diversity, equity, and mutual respect across our campus. We know this effort will: 1) engender excellence in research, teaching and service, 2) enhance our strong collaborative and collegial departmental spirit, and 3) reduce barriers for achieving professional and personal success.
In a short statement, please feel free to share:
- Any past experiences or events that helped inform or enhance your understanding of diversity and/or the challenges for creating a more inclusive culture.
- Interactions and mentoring of students or peers from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures that have shaped your understanding of inclusion or equity.
- Your views and ideas for fostering the success of underrepresented or marginalized populations.
- Future plans for contributing to our efforts in building a more diverse, just, and inclusive culture.
We invite you to become a member of our team, and support the Carolinian Creed: As a Carolinian:
- I will practice personal and academic integrity
- I will respect the dignity of all persons
- I will respect the rights and property of others
- I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions
- I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development
Some resources that might be of value:
- Golash-Boza, T. (2016) From Inside Higher Ed: “The Effective Diversity Statement”. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/06/10/how-write-effective-diversity-statement-essay Tanya Golash-Boza gives faculty job applicants eight tips for writing a stellar diversity statement that stands out to search committees.
- Beck, S. L. (2018). Developing and writing a diversity statement. Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. Retrieved [04/27/2021] from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/developing-and-writing-a-diversity-statement/.
- From the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, UCSanDiego [retrieved 4/27/2021]: https://facultydiversity.ucsd.edu/_files/c2d-guidelines.pdf
- Canning, CM and Reddick, RJ (2019) In the Chronicle of Higher Education: In Defense of Diversity Statements https://www.chronicle.com/article/in-defense-of-diversity-statements/