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Computational Neuroscience (x 2 positions)

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The University of California, Davis invites applications for up to two tenure-track positions in computational neuroscience. Each position will focus on computational models and methods at the molecular, cellular, circuit and/or systems levels; and/or on identifying general principles of brain function. Each appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level and will be in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; Computer Science; Statistics; Mathematics; or Physics; or have a joint appointment between two of these departments. Research space will be located at the interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience ( or in the most relevant of the above departments. Based on research focus, the position has the potential for a joint Assistant Professor In-Residence with the UC Davis School of Medicine. Applications are sought from scholars who have strong and innovative research portfolios that would complement the existing research at the Center for Neuroscience and/or the relevant academic departments. This is part of a 3-year initiative to hire 10+ new faculty across multiple departments who focus on advanced computational theory and methods, including clusters of hires in computational neuroscience, network science, and data science (see
UC Davis, located approximately one hour from the San Francisco Bay area, has a large and highly collaborative neuroscience community, with a graduate group in neuroscience comprising over 90 faculty members. In addition to the interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience that houses 25 faculty, there will be many opportunities for interactions with neuroscientists at the Center for Mind & Brain, the MIND Institute, the Complexity Sciences Center, and a variety of departments on the main campus and at the medical school.

Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, physics, psychology, neuroscience, or related field; an active and productive research program in computational neuroscience focusing on identifying general principles of brain function and/or on modeling and methods at the molecular, cellular, circuit, and/or systems levels that connect to data obtained from different experimental techniques (but that would not require facilities for animal research); a demonstrated record of teaching, or evidence of the potential to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the relevant academic department or departments; and a record of attracting, or the potential to attract, extramural funding. Service expectations include University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and/or other appropriate contributions. UC Davis has a highly collaborative environment and candidates are expected to possess excellent interpersonal communication skills that foster team research interactions/collaborations with existing faculty at the Center for Neuroscience and in the relevant departments.

Application Process:
The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by November 20, 2017. Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, at least two representative reprints and/or preprints, a statement of contributions to diversity, and at least three letters of recommendation electronically at: The cover letter should indicate which of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior; Computer Science; Statistics; Mathematics; or Physics would be the most appropriate academic departments.
For more information on the position, contact Prof. Mark Goldman (, Prof. Tim Lewis (, Prof. Daniel Cox (, Prof. Raissa D’Souza (, Prof. Jane-Ling Wang (, and/or Prof. Kim McAllister ( For technical questions please contact Susan Sainz (
UC Davis has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and received an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting diversity in STEM faculty, with emphasis on Hispanic Women/Latinas ( Several UC Davis ADVANCE initiatives, such as the Center for Multicultural Perspectives in Science (CAMPOS), in addition to Work-Life programs offered by the Office of the Vice Provost Academic Affairs are working together to make UC Davis a model for inclusivity and collegiality for all academic faculty, staff and students.
UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.
UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.
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UC Davis and UC Davis Health System are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis and/or UC Davis Health System -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots, industrial and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Reprint / Preprint #1

  • Reprint / Preprint #2

  • Reprint / Preprint #3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required