Assistant Professor (tenure-track) - Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to develop an independent research program in the area of neuroethology. Applicants should have a PhD in biology,  neuroscience, or another relevant field. The successful candidate is expected to develop an outstanding independent research  program, and to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in neurobiology. The normal teaching load is one course per semester, and creation of new courses is encouraged.


We are particularly interested in an individual whose focus is on the neural and biomechanical mechanisms of behavior, who is working in preparations that are tractable to detailed circuit analysis (invertebrate organisms preferred), and who is using genetic tools  or other novel techniques to monitor and manipulate behavior through the activity of individual neurons or neural circuits. Computational or biomechanical approaches to problems in neuroscience are of interest, but not required.

The successful candidate will be joining a department that has strong research programs in the neural, biomechanical, and modulatory mechanisms of invertebrate behavior, and has strong ties to interdisciplinary collaborators (e.g., multiple biorobotics laboratories in the CWRU School of Engineering; computational neuroscience in the Department of Mathematics; and developmental and molecular neurobiology in the Department of Neurosciences in the CWRU School of Medicine). The successful candidate’s research, teaching, and mentoring will contribute to a new major in neuroscience, which is a joint venture with the Department of Neurosciences in the School of Medicine, and includes contributions from faculty in the Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy.

Application Instructions

Candidates may apply to this position via Interfolio at: Candidates should include three published papers, a brief research statement, a teaching statement, and a diversity statement describing how their research, teaching, and/or service might contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts may promote structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future. Candidates should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through Interfolio. Applications should be received by December 14, 2023 to receive full consideration. 

The start date for this position is flexible, and we encourage applications from outstanding candidates who may wish to delay their appointment to complete current research projects.

Case Western Reserve University is a private university located in Cleveland, Ohio. Faculty research interests in the Department of Biology at CWRU include Animal Behavior, Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Neurobiology, and Plant Biotechnology. In addition to on-campus facilities, CWRU owns and operates University Farms, a 389-acre property that includes laboratory and greenhouse facilities, and has an affiliation agreement with the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Cleveland is home to a world-class orchestra and art museum, several award-winning restaurants, and three major league sports teams. In 2016, Forbes Magazine named Cleveland “America’s Hottest City.” CWRU is committed to our relationships with world-class health care, cultural, educational, and scientific institutions in its University Circle neighborhood and across greater Cleveland.

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.