The Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) invites applications for tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions in the area of alcohol or substance use disorders (AUD/SUD) research. Major topics of interest include, but are not limited to, structural and synaptic plasticity, brain imaging, big data analytics, genetics, epigenetics, molecular mechanisms underlying AUD/SUD, and cutting-edge technologies to study AUD/SUD. Applicants should have a PhD and/or MD with appropriate research expertise and are expected to possess an outstanding record of high-quality publications and extramural funding appropriate to current rank.
Successful candidates will benefit from a highly collaborative research environment and a competitive start-up package in a basic science department that contains nearly $16 million in NIH awards, active core facilities, and a strong commitment to faculty mentoring and collegiality. The department’s strong addiction research focus includes a NIDA-funded P50 Center on Cocaine and Opioid Addiction (COCA), a successful PhD graduate program, and two NIH-funded (NIDA, NIAAA) T32 training grants for pre- and postdoctoral scholars. In addition, many of our Neuroscience faculty are members of the NIAAA-funded P50 Alcohol Research Center housed in the Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.
MUSC is located in the coastal city of Charleston, SC – a city known for its rich history, arts and culture, higher education, architecture, beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants and wonderful people. Charleston annually receives high honors as a most desirable place to visit and live.
Interested applicants should submit an updated CV, a 2-page summary of research interests, a 1-page diversity statement, and contact information for three professional references to Brandon Harris-Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rolling review of applications will begin on September 1, 2020.
The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.
Internal Number: 10002
About Medical University of South Carolina- Department of Neuroscience
We are a basic science research enterprise whose 22 faculty and 120 employees are dedicated to discovering how the brain works. The department is devoted to understanding how the brain generates thoughts, personality and behavior, and how brain pathologies create neurological and psychiatric diseases. To this end, we employ a host of cutting-edge electrophysiological, endoscopic, biochemical, genetic and behavioral approaches. We use the latest technologies for molecular and brain circuit imaging, cell- and circuit-selective optical and chemogenetic brain stimulation, and innovative molecular-genetic tools to study brain function across all stages of life.
In our laboratories, exploration of brain mechanisms ranges from discovering how protein ensembles are regulated to identifying how brain circuits regulate human cognition and thought processing. We employ cellular and animal models of disease and have a strong human imaging research team that translates our basic discoveries of how brain circuits regulate behavior into humans. Our research efforts resulted in $14 million in NIH awards in fiscal year 2017, making us the 8th-ranked Neuroscience department in the nation in terms... of funding, and the 2nd-ranked department in the College of Medicine at MUSC. In particular, the department has strong research programs in addiction neurobiology, neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment, and in vivo brain imaging, recording and stimulation technologies.
This level of research activity helps maintain a vibrant educational program. We have robust Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. training programs in Neuroscience and a strong postdoctoral training program, constituting 30 graduate students and 40 postdoctoral fellows. Our trainees are funded through a combination of stipends from the College of Graduate Studies, individual NIH and other awards, and NIH institutional T32 training grants. Graduate training includes a core neuroscience curriculum and electives on a wide range of topics in neuroscience. In addition, we have a robust departmental seminar series with invited speakers from leading institutions across the nation.
Finally, our department is located in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina - a historic town dominated by the education industry with four colleges, including MUSC, creating a strong intellectual tradition and creative environment. Charleston is often ranked as the #1 city to visit in the USA, and is widely known as an art and food community with numerous festivals appealing to both residents and tourists.
Learn more at: https://medicine.musc.edu/departments/neuroscience
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