Jefferson Scholars Endowed Professorship, Neuroscience - University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia

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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

United States

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Jefferson Scholars Foundation Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience

The University of Virginia and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation seek a leader of international prominence in the broadly defined discipline of Systems Neuroscience, preferably with an emphasis in sensory neurobiology. The scholar will join the faculties of the Biology and Psychology Departments in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This $5 million endowed chair will be at the rank of full professor with tenure; promotion from the associate rank will be considered for qualified candidates. The position will include a competitive salary, a multi-million dollar start-up package, and a substantial annual research fund. Additionally, the endowed professor will play a prominent role in the hiring of two additional tenure-track faculty in closely related fields to catalyze collaborations between the Biology & Psychology departments.


The successful candidate will bridge and extend the existing expertise in neuroscience within the Psychology and Biology departments.

Additionally, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Endowed Professor will:

  • actively participate in solidifying the community of neuroscientists across both departments.
  • forge interdisciplinary and collaborative relationships with faculty across Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine.
  • participate in the instruction of neuroscience and related fields to undergraduate students in the classroom and in the laboratory, actively engaging in the expansion of the existing Neuroscience Major.
  • train graduate students in the graduate programs of Biology and Psychology and in the pan-university, interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program.
  • become an active member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation community.


The Departments of Psychology and Biology are home to twenty-two neuroscientists who specialize in diverse fields including neuronal and glial physiology, neuroanatomy, development, and clinical studies on neural disorders. A large subset of these investigators shares a research focus in sensory systems. These investigators represent a significant fraction of the ~70 neuroscientists found across the University community. Additionally, the University boasts multiple state-of-the-art research core facilities, including a Gene Targeting and Transgenic Core, a Molecular Imaging Core, an Animal Characterization Core, a Data Science Institute, two advanced microscopy centers, and human and animal imaging facilities.

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders who are prepared to shape the future of the nation. The University is public and generously nourished by the strong support of its alumni. The University has been ranked among the top 3 best public universities by U.S. News & World Report since the publication began ranking public universities as a separate category.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation ( attracts to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world and provides them with sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents—using those talents for the good of the University community and beyond. Professors joining the University by way of the Foundation’s Chaired Professorships are not only leaders in their respective disciplines, but they also serve the University’s mission to provide the best learning experience for undergraduates. They will join a Jefferson Scholars community of engaging undergraduate and graduate students and distinguished professors.

Experience should include:

  • a record of advancing the field through the publication of excellent science.
  • a proven ability to acquire and sustain significant federal funding.
  • internationally recognized research and scholarship employing modern, cutting-edge techniques.
  • a reputation as a leader in the field.
  • recognized excellence in teaching and mentoring, with a clear desire to work with trainees at all levels (especially undergraduates).
  • a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the sciences.


To apply:

To express interest in this opportunity, please prepare and upload a cover letter stating your interest and vision for the position, along with a CV to and search posting number 0616749.

Letters of reference will be discreetly solicited later in the application process.

If requesting information or nominating an individual for this opportunity, please contact Iggy Provencio at

The search will be carried out with full confidentiality. Detailed information can be found at:

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to developing diversity in faculty and encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.



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  • Jefferson Scholars Endowed Professorship
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume