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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track / Neurodegenerative Disease

RFUMS/Chicago Medical School
Chicago region
Full-time, 12-month salary. Excellent benefits.
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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Assistant/Associate Professor Position - Neurodegenerative Disease and Therapeutics

The Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Therapeutics at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. As a member of the Chicago Medical School faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to direct an extramurally funded research program in the area of neurodegenerative disease, neurodevelopmental disorders and/or neural repair. Expertise in movement disorders is of particular interest. The Center specifically seeks highly motivated and productive individuals with demonstrated incorporation of novel, innovative approaches to studying mechanisms, treatments, and/or biomarkers of neurodegenerative disorders at the basic science or translational levels. Applicants whose technical expertise and research focus integrates well with current Center faculty research interests are considered desirable. This faculty member will direct graduate students and/or postdoctoral associates, and other trainees in research, and exhibit a commitment to excellence in education.

The CNDT operates as a collaborative research environment where integrative skills and approaches are valued.  Prioritized areas of research or technical expertise include:

  • Molecular, cellular and animal models of neurodegenerative diseases, brain injury or aging with high translational potential, including iPSC or derived human brain cells from patient populations, incorporation of human samples, and machine learning and bioinformatics applications.
  • Cutting edge and innovative technical approaches including gene editing, advanced microscopy and imaging, neurophysiology, and AI interface models among others.
  • Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease of special interest

Research at RFU is organized around centers of excellence in discovery and translational science. The Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Therapeutics is one of six such centers designed to nurture collaboration among scientists and clinicians, and facilitate relationships with potential industry partners. RFU’s new 100,000 square foot Innovation and Research Park is due to open in the fall of 2019. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to accelerate clinically-relevant research advances across complementary fields, including brain function and repair, stress and affective disorders, cancer and immunology, genetic diseases, and protein biochemistry, and will facilitate growth opportunities with industry, biotech firms and startups also housed in the research park. RFU’s history dates back to the founding of the Chicago Medical School more than 100 years ago; the University was renamed in 2004 to honor Dr. Rosalind Franklin’s groundbreaking contributions to modern biology. Today, the University is composed of five Colleges and Schools that provide graduate-level education to more than 2,000 students in the health professions and life sciences. RFU is situated on a spacious suburban campus next to Lake Michigan with easy access to Chicago, Evanston, and Milwaukee, as well as rural countryside and convenient suburbs.  This faculty position is appointed in the Chicago Medical School and School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and will benefit from a collaborative interdisciplinary research community and 100% FTE salary support.

Qualified candidates can apply directly at Neurodegenerative Disease Faculty RFUMS, or to 

Inquiries can be directed to Grace Stutzmann at

RFUMS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to creating and fostering a diverse academic environment. We encourage applications from individuals belonging to groups underrepresented in their respective fields, and others who would enrich and add unique perspectives to the University.

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