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Tenure Track Faculty Position

Neural Mechanisms of Motor Control

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Motor Control at the Assistant Professor level. This position is part of a recently approved hiring initiative in the general area of neuro-engineering, brain-machine interfaces, and prosthetic devices. The appointee will be expected to carry out high-quality research in the area of motor control consistent with the broad goals of the Department. The appointee will be required to teach undergraduate courses in the departmental undergraduate curriculum, graduate courses, and other courses in their specialty as appropriate. Candidates whose research program integrates biological experimentation with computational modeling are especially encouraged to apply. Based on research focus, the position has the potential for a joint Assistant Professor in Residence appointment with the UC Davis School of Medicine.


The Department has grown steadily since its inception in 1993 to include 33 ladder rank faculty who conduct research encompassing a general theme of integrative animal biology, ranging from cell and molecular to organismal and behavioral levels of analysis. The Department is especially seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education, especially in the sciences. We are actively seeking faculty who aspire to educate a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation students, socioeconomic status, and academic interests.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or M.D. degree with significant post-doctoral experience. Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a curriculum vitae, descriptions of current research (up to 2 pages) and future research program (up to 3 pages), a one-page summary of teaching interests and experience, a diversity statement, and three publications. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website. Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by December 5, 2016 to be assured full consideration. Administrative contact: Dianna Smith; Faculty contacts: Jochen Ditterich and Marty Usrey,


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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments.


UC Davis has another Hiring Investment Program on the way to build further strength in the area of Computational Sciences, including Computational Neuroscience. For information, please visit

The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior has faculty and staff positions opening up throughout the year. If you are a student looking to apply for a position as a teaching assistant, please visit the TA Application Site.