Assistant/Associate Professor in Glial Biology

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
December 27 2018
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Assistant/Associate Professor in Glial Biology

Adaptive Brain and Behavior Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Glial Biology


Virginia Tech (VT) is poised to make significant advances in understanding plasticity of the brain and its resultant manifestation as adaptive behavior by building trans-disciplinary teams and employing state-of-the-art technologies to address related themes and questions in the areas of decision-making, physical and psychological trauma and development across the lifespan. Discoveries made in the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (ABB) Destination Area ( will have an impact on key health, economic, and social issues confronting our region, country and the world, including performance, wellness, and treatment of brain/behavior disorders, resilience, and health policy. ABB research will be paired with an innovative curriculum introducing students to principles of the brain-behavior relationship and its impact on community, health and the human condition. VT has already made and will continue to make substantial investment into these areas to transform the university into a national and international destination area for scientists, students, and inventors interested in ABB.

As part of this initiative, we are recruiting multiple tenure track faculty members in ABB, including one at either the assistant or associate professor level in glial biology. Areas of particular interest for this recruitment include glial-neuronal and glio-vascular interactions, the role of glia in brain development, synaptogenesis, myelination and/or the role of glia in disease.  Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided. The faculty member will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators with similar research interests. This position will have an academic tenure earning position in the School of Neuroscience ( in the College of Science, with the faculty member located in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute ( within the institute’s Center Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer. The research institute provides an intellectually vibrant and technologically advanced environment that includes 21 ABB research teams, state of the art imaging facilities ranging from super resolution molecular imaging to multiple MRIs, molecular and cell biology facilities including cell sorting and behavioral testing facilities for humans and animals.

Applicants should have an earned doctorate and a demonstrated record of research excellence in some aspect of glial biology with strong potential for developing an innovative research program that already has or is likely to attract sustained extramural funding and should be able to collaborate with other faculty members at the research institute.  In addition to a primary mission of high quality research, it is expected that the faculty member will also contribute to the educational/training mission through participating in graduate teaching and mentoring of undergraduates and medical students in their research projects.

The research institute and the adjacent medical school are located in Roanoke in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC with 28 research groups with over 300 research and support team members with a research grant portfolio of over $125M.  Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers several graduate programs in biomedically-related disciplines, including the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Ph.D. program that has neuroscience and as one of its tracks (

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in February 2019.

To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and interests and teaching/mentoring philosophy at, posting #TR0180205. Also, have at least three references post their letters of support to the same site.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded.  Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT ( - serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.


Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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