Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosciences

The School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the department of neurosciences. The department has a long-standing history of success, and the institution seeks an outstanding scientist with the leadership and vision necessary for developing and strengthening an innovative research program that integrates basic neuroscience research with other School of Medicine and university departments, and promotes disease oriented research and evaluation of new diagnostics and therapeutics with faculty across the 4 clinical campuses of the school at University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

The department’s research strengths include cellular and molecular neurobiology, neurodegeneration and regeneration, and systems and computational neuroscience. In addition, the department has an exceptional graduate program that provides high-quality interdisciplinary training in modern basic and translational disease focused neuroscience. A very popular undergraduate neurosciences major at CWRU provides a significant opportunity to prepare future graduate and medical students. The new chair will be supported by a highly competitive recruitment package including an Endowed Professorship.

The unified campus at CWRU encourages and facilitates collaborative interactions among scientists in the School of Medicine including Biomedical Engineering, Engineering, Nursing, Dentistry, and Arts and Sciences. Centers of excellence include the NCI designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Clinical Translation Science Collaborative, the Functional Brain Stimulation Center and the Center for Childhood Research.  

The new chair will be expected to lead the department’s interactive research and teaching programs and to draw on diverse city-wide resources and opportunities to catalyze new enterprises with both basic science and clinical science faculty  through the newly reconstituted   Brain Research Discovery and Therapeutics Initiative, and neurodegeneration research focused on Prion diseases,  Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Research is supported by excellent core facilities that incorporate a broad spectrum of basic science and translational neuroscience research including, but not limited to: high-throughput drug screening, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transgenic animal model development, behavioral testing, human and small animal neuroimaging, super-resolution light microscopy, flow cytometry, structural biology, and bioinformatics pipelines that support efficient data analysis.  

Application Process:

Applicants for this position must have a PhD and/or an MD degree with a distinguished record of scientific achievement, demonstrated leadership skills, and a commitment to the education and mentorship of both students and faculty. Appointment as a Professor of Neurosciences with tenure is anticipated and requires evidence of a productive and excellent research program recognized at the national/international level. The capacity for imaginative programming and a vigorous collaborative spirit are also essential characteristics.   

Interested candidates should submit the following by May 4th, 2023:

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A letter of interest addressing:
  • Research 
  • Educational, administrative and leadership goals 
  • A statement of how your research, teaching, and /or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within your scholarly field and your continuing efforts to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University. 

Materials should be submitted to Hope Barkoukis, PhD, Neurosciences Chair Search Committee, c/o Susan Reichert at

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University 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 at 216-368-3066 or to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.