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Assistant Professor--Neural Basis of Motivated Behavior, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) has embarked on a multi-year, multi-departmental expansion in neuroscience and related areas of research. As part of this growth, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty position in the Neural Basis of Motivated Behavior. The appointed person will be expected to establish a strong neuroscience research program related to motivated behavior broadly defined utilizing one or many techniques including behavioral, physiological, and/or computational approaches.

Applicants must have completed the requirements necessary to have a PhD conferred in Psychological and Brain Sciences or a related discipline by the time of appointment. Preferred candidates will have an outstanding record or promise of research accomplishment commensurate with this stage in their career, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior experience in research related appointments such as Post-Doctoral Scholar is also desired.

For primary consideration, the following application materials should be submitted by November 15th, 2017 online via UC Recruit at:

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following materials:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter
• Statement of Past and Future Research Interests
• Teaching Statement

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted on their behalf to UC Recruit.

Questions can be directed to the Neural Basis of Motivated Behavior Search Chair, Tod E. Kippin via email at

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2018.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required