Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS), Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS)-ASSTPROFANIMBEH [#4210]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Evolution
Biology / Animal behavior
Appl Deadline:2014/09/25 finished (posted 2014/08/01, finished 2015/01/07, listed until 2014/09/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior
Tenure Track-9 month Academic Year Appointment

Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

Cornell was the first university, in 1964, to build an academic unit devoted to the joint study of neurobiology and behavior, and Cornell’s Department of Neurobiology and Behavior remains a leader worldwide in interdisciplinary programs that combine the study of neurobiology with that of animal behavior. Neurobiology and Behavior is the most popular concentration of study within Cornell’s undergraduate Biology major and graduates about 100 students each year. Besides gaining instruction in our well-taught courses, the majority of students pursue research in our laboratories or at field sites under faculty mentors, so the successful candidate will have many opportunities to nurture the intellectual interests and research skills of undergraduates. The successful candidate will also have access to superb graduate students through our interdisciplinary Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior, which for decades has attracted the cream of the crop of prospective graduate students. Currently, we have 32 graduate students, most of whom go on to postdoctoral fellowships and faculty positions at other universities. The department occupies Mudd Hall, on the main Cornell campus, and the Liddell Field Station, a behavior laboratory located in a rural area two miles off campus (as the crow flies). Our faculty and students enjoy first-class research and teaching facilities and they have productive interactions and research collaborations with other life science faculty in the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, Entomology, and Natural Resources, among many others, as well as the Laboratory of Ornithology. If the successful candidate’s work includes investigating the neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior, then s/he will benefit from the growing neuroscience and life science community at Cornell as well as other faculty in the physical, engineering, and computational sciences.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will develop an internationally-distinguished research (50%) and teaching (50%) program focused on exploring the mechanisms and evolution of adaptive behaviors in animals, including humans. We are especially interested in candidates whose aims are to discover general principles of animal behavior that link to other areas of biology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program, and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D., postdoctoral training, and an exceptional track record in research and a dedication to excellence in teaching.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Electronically submit online to your Curriculum Vita, Statement of Research Interests, Statement of Teaching Interests, and up to three publications. In addition, have three letters of reference submitted to the same site. Questions can be directed to Prof. Kern Reeve, Search Committee Chair, NBB, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. (email:; phone 607–254–4340). Application deadline, including letters of recommendation: September 25, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately after the closing date and will continue until acceptable candidates are identified.

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will help create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. We strongly encourage women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply.

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
W363 Seeley Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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