Director for the Center for Innovation in Brain Science

Aug 20, 2014

The University of Arizona seeks to hire an accomplished scientist and leader in translational neuroscience to direct the creation of a new Center for Innovation in Brain Science.  The new Center will serve as a nucleus for interdisciplinary research that forms the foundation for advanced, evidence-based clinical care.  The integrative and systems neuroscience focused Center will place special emphasis on current research strengths in cognitive aging in health and disease, chronic pain, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and aphasia, as well as the emerging area of brain and cognitive development.

The University of Arizona has a large, active community of neuroscientists in academic departments across the university who together administer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience.  Many of those faculty have affiliations with the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior, the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and the BIO5 Institute.  Collaborations with world-class biomedical engineering and optical science faculty further enrich the interdisciplinary opportunities for neuroscientists at the university.

The Director will have the opportunity to build a program that will put Arizona at the forefront of neuroscience research, education, and clinical care in the 21st century.

For the Center’s inaugural Director, we seek an established neuroscientist with a strong record of extramural funding and research productivity that has clear relevance to human biology and disease.  We seek an individual, preferably a physician scientist, who embraces a collaborative and inclusive approach to clinical and basic neuroscience research and education and who has had experience building successful multidisciplinary programs.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, the Director will have his/her academic appointment in one of the departments of the Arizona Health Sciences Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, or Public Health and will likely have multiple joint appointments that facilitate intra-university interaction.  S/he will be expected to play a state-wide leadership role and coordinate Arizona Health Sciences Center efforts at both our Tucson and Phoenix campuses, as well as other research and clinical institutions across the state, to facilitate the discovery of basic mechanisms of disease that can be translated into solutions for neurological and behavioral disorders.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Todd Vanderah, Search Committee Chair, at and apply through UA Career Track, by submitting a cover letter and curriculum vitae via

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.