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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Institute for Behavioral Genetics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship with an academic appointment in one of the following departments: 1) Psychology and Neuroscience, 2) Integrative Physiology, 3) Economics, 4) Computer Science, 5) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 6) Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

The Institute seeks to build on its historic strength in behavioral genetics, broadly conceptualized. Successful candidates may include individuals who conduct cutting-edge research focused on human or rodent models in one or more of the following sub-disciplines: whole-genome analysis/methods development; statistical/quantitative genetics; psychiatric genetics; genetic epidemiology; population genetics; computational biology; bioinformatics. Appointees will participate in the research and teaching missions of both the Institute and their academic department. All previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1967, the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) is one of the world’s leading research institutes for genetic research on behavior. Its mission is to conduct and facilitate research which examines the genetic bases of individual differences in behavior and to conduct research training in this interdisciplinary area.

Internationally renowned research projects include the Colorado Adoption Project, the Colorado Twin Study and Longitudinal Twin Study, the Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center, the Colorado Drug Research Center, and the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. IBG is home to a DNA repository (about 40K samples) for research on human behavior, as well as studying behaviorally and genetically defined lines of selected, recombinant inbred, and other various genetically modified mice. Substantive research areas include statistical genetics, aging, alcohol, behavioral development, brain structure and function, cognitive abilities and executive functions, drug abuse, evolution, neurodegenerative disease, nicotinic receptors, personality, psychopathology, reading and learning disabilities, and synaptic plasticity.

There are currently 8 tenured or tenure-track faculty rostered in the Institutes and based at IBG, with one additional faculty hire in progress, for a total of 9 FTE. In total there are 33 faculty fellows, most of whom hold joint appointments in academic units on the Boulder and Denver campuses.  

In addition to our research mission, faculty on the Boulder campus teach both undergraduate and graduate students.

IBG administers about 45-50 grants (including Center components and subcontracts), with external support of $6-8 million per fiscal year currently, and expenditures ranging from $6-14 million annually over the past decade. We direct two NIH pre- and postdoctoral training grants (from NIMH (Mental Health) and NIDA (Drug Abuse)) supporting 8 graduate students and 3 postdoctoral fellows, and we provide NIMH-supported methodology workshops for about 100 scientists annually. An NIA (Aging) training grant, in collaboration with IBS, has recently been funded, supporting 2 pre- and 2 postdoc trainees. Appointees will have the opportunity to recruit postdoctoral fellows and graduate students using funds from these training grants.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Appointees will participate in the research and teaching missions of both the Institute for Behavioral Genetics and their academic department and contribute service to IBG, the Department, and profession. 

Your normal classroom teaching assignments will be in accord with Department policy and will normally include two courses per academic year, one undergraduate and one graduate course each year as long as you remain research active. The specific courses and course load will be determined in consultation with the Department Chair and the Institute Director. 

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and start up package. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Minimum requirements are a PhD, MD, or DPhil. 

What You Will Need

A successful publication record. 

What We Would Like You To Have

A record of successful external funding. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. A Statement of Research
  4. A Statement of Teaching
  5. 3 Sample Research Papers ( There will be 5 file uploads listed below to upload each Research Paper individually)

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Matthew C. Keller

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