Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine (US)
Commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Neuroscience
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Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience


Position Summary

The Department of Biology and the Neuroscience Program at Bowdoin College invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position jointly appointed in biology and neuroscience beginning July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be a neurophysiologist and will teach a comparative physiology lab course and a neurophysiology lab course of their choice. In addition, the newly hired faculty member will alternately contribute to the introductory curriculum of the biology major and offer an upper-level seminar in their area of expertise. We are especially interested in candidates who can offer courses that reflect the interests of our increasingly diverse student body. A breadth of animal models, tools, and questions could be used by the successful candidate. Of particular interest are fields that provide foundational information about biological mechanisms using electrophysiological, molecular, genetic, and /or behavioral approaches. Teaching load is three courses per year, and full-time laboratory instructor support is provided for introductory and intermediate level courses. A PhD by the start of the appointment is required. 

Bowdoin requires its faculty to have a promise of long-term successful research and a strong commitment to inclusive excellence in their teaching. (For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence). We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education. 

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. Support for teaching, grant-writing, digital initiatives, computing software, and community partnerships in courses is readily available to all faculty. The College also offers robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a cover letter that summarizes your scholarly and pedagogical achievements; 2) a research statement that details your scholarly research agenda; 3) a teaching statement that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness; 4) a statement describing your commitment to inclusive excellence in the classroom; 5) a curriculum vitae; and 6) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. 

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich in natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (40% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:


Special Instructions to Applicants

At the time of application, you will be required to include information for a minimum of three references, including name, title, email address, phone number and how you know the reference. 

Once you have provided the required reference information and submitted your application, the reference providers will receive an email which is generated automatically from the application system.  The email will provide them a link within which to upload a confidential reference letter on your behalf. 

You will not be able to view the reference letters but will be able to see how many have been submitted on your behalf.



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