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Assistant Professorship: Neurobiology

The Department of Biology at College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR appointment in neurobiology to begin August 2018. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching and be prepared to develop an active research program in which engaged undergraduates may meaningfully participate.  A Ph.D. is required; post-doctoral experience is preferred. 

Additional information regarding the position

  • Teaching:  The successful candidate will teach an intermediate level neurobiology course with lab and contribute to the interdisciplinary neuroscience program (  In addition, they will be expected to contribute to the introductory courses for biology majors by teaching a lecture section in either BIOL 161 (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology) or BIOL 162 (Introduction to Mechanisms of Multicellular Organisms).  Both of these utilize a community-developed curriculum. Beyond this, faculty members generally develop one additional intermediate or advanced course related to their area of expertise: these might include advanced research topics in the form of a seminar or more general courses such as sensory physiology, animal physiology, endocrinology or animal behavior.  Also, the candidate should be prepared to teach a non-major's course.

The position carries a 3-2 teaching load:  one academic semester the faculty member will teach three courses and then teaches two during the subsequent semester.  A lab section accompanying a course, such as neurobiology, counts as an individual course.  Thus the neurobiology lecture course with an accompanying lab would count as two courses. 

We welcome research programs incorporating lower vertebrates, invertebrates, tissue culture systems and/or computational approaches. Please note that we currently do not have facilities to support research utilizing mammalian or avian model systems.  Applications with research dependent on such model organisms cannot be reviewed.

Prior to tenure decisions, faculty members receive a one-semester research leave with full pay and benefits. This research leave is typically taken the third year.  Tenured faculty members typically receive a research sabbatical after each six years of service to the College.  There are internally funded competitive research leaves available.  New hires receive a competitive start-up that are fully vetted and discussed at the time of offer.

About the Department: The Biology Department prides itself in its collegiality and strives for a cooperative environment.  We presently have 12 tenure-line faculty members whose interests span the range of the biological hierarchy plus one geologist.  In addition, we have two lecturers with administrative duties, four full-time laboratory instructors (whose primary duties are staff introductory labs and a few other selected courses), several visiting assistant professors, occasional teaching post-docs, and two office administrators.  Additional information on members of the department can be found at:  We have excellent research facilities and equipment that is both for individual and shared use (the environment is highly cooperative). Some highlights include equipment for molecular biological studies, tissue culture facilities, confocal and scanning electron microscope facilities, 3-D surface scanning equipment and 3-D printing.  

Submitting the application:

The College maintains a core commitment to need-blind admissions, diversity, inclusion and social justice. 

Please submit a cover letter, a CV, a statement on teaching expertise and specific interests, a research plan with up to three supporting reprints, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to articulate their potential contributions to the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program in their cover letter and in their teaching and research statements. Moreover, as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts institution, the College values dialogue among people from diverse perspectives as integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program (  In your application highlight how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or service would support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.  For more information, please visit

Please submit all application materials to the following website: by October 16, 2017

For questions related to these positions please contact, Prof. Ann Sheehy (Biology), email:

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition, enrolling about 2,900 students and located 45 miles west of Boston.  The College supports resources for dual career couples, and embraces all EEO and AA laws in the workplace.