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Rising to the Challenge-Two Positions in Neuroscience

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Application Window

Open date: September 8th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Oct 11, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Nov 12, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Rising to the Challenge


UCLA is recruiting two tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Neuroscience. One position is in the David Geffen School of Medicine with an appointment in the Department of Neurobiology and the other position is in the College of Letters and Science, Division of Life Sciences with a split appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology and the Institute for Society and Genetics. Successful candidates will be evaluated by the respective units/departments in which they are appointed. These positions were created in partnership with the Ralph J. Bunche Center as part of the campus-wide effort to rise to the challenge expanding scholarship in the areas of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost. Both appointments have the opportunity to be affiliated with the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental biological, environmental, or social mechanisms influencing the nervous system that affect health, well-being, resilience, and/or physiology in Black individuals and communities living in a racialized society. Successful candidates will exhibit interdisciplinary skills and aspire to work at the intersection of neuroscience, biology, and society. Preference will be given to applicants who have strong academic scholarship, potential for joining or leading initiatives that address the health of Black communities and a strong record/potential for mentoring trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in any relevant discipline and are encouraged to apply one or both positions. For the latter, the same documents may be uploaded to both links. To apply, candidates are directed to the website where they will be able to search for the position under JPF06811 and JPF06815. The following materials are required: 1) full curriculum vitae; 2) a description of research plans (≤ 3 pages); 3) a statement on teaching, mentoring, and community engagement (1-2 pages); 4) a statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (1-2 pages); 5) 3-5 letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on October 8, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. We highly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented groups in the sciences.

Selected applicants will be invited to present their research at a 2-day symposium at UCLA on December 13 and 14, 2021.

Cultural North Star: The shared values of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at

Anti-racism Roadmap: The David Geffen School of Medicine Anti-racism roadmap is our co-created path to ensuring racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to actively dismantling structural racism in our organization as described in more detail at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in any relevant discipline

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - statement on teaching, mentoring, and community engagement

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants provide names and contact info for references and ask references to provide letters

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA