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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. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Institute seeks to strengthen its next generation of research on the genetics of behavior. In particular, we are seeking a scholar who utilizes animal models and state of the art tools to investigate the genetics of behavior. Priority will be placed on applicants whose research interests will integrate and complement ongoing areas of research including, but are not restricted to, pharmacogenetics, addiction, psychiatric disorders, cognition, development, or aging. The appointee will be expected to develop a productive, extramurally funded research program and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of both the Institute and their academic department.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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.

Substantive research areas include 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, statistical genetics, and synaptic plasticity.

There are currently 9 tenured or tenure-track faculty rostered in the Institute and based at IBG.  In total there are 34 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.  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 Institute Director.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a salary range of $80,000 to $100,000  for the academic year and a 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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Be adaptable. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Minimum requirements are a PhD, MD, or DPhil in a life science discipline which includes, but is not limited to, biology, genetics, neuroscience, psychology, and physiology.

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. 3-5 Sample Research Papers (Please combine into 1 file.)

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 November 1, 2021 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: Jerry Stitzel

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