Jefferson Scholars, Professor of 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 endowed position will be at the rank of full professor with tenure.



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:

  • play a prominent role in the hiring of two or three additional tenure-track faculty in related fields to catalyze new collaborative relationships between the departments and catalyzing excellence.
  • 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.
  • provide leadership in the instruction of neuroscience and related fields to undergraduate students in the classroom and in the laboratory, actively engaging Neuroscience majors.
  • train graduate students in the graduate programs of Biology and Psychology and participate 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, and several advanced microscopy 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. Students who attend have been chosen because they show exceptional promise. The University has been ranked either the No. 1 or No. 2 best public university 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 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 in 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 position will be carried out with full confidentiality.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on 1 August but will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

Detailed information can be found at:


The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Keyword Phrases

  • Neuroscience
  • Professor
  • Neuroscience & Neurobiology
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:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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