Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholars

Program Overview

The Institute is recruiting investigators with particular interests in PD, dystonia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), neuromuscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, and/or ataxias. Strong candidates using state-of-the-art molecular, cell biological, imaging, or systems approaches to investigate neurodegenerative diseases are particularly encouraged to apply. Further, the Department of Neurology is particularly interested in clinician-scientists in all aspects of movement and/or neuromuscular disorders with strong, laboratory based research programs.

Key criteria are superlative scientific accomplishment, the promise of future research impact, and the potential for interaction with existing programs. Successful candidates must demonstrate the capability to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program, a commitment to medical, graduate or undergraduate education, and leadership through vision and collaborative program development.

Successful recruits will receive substantial recurring salary support from ITN, an excellent startup package, and laboratory space in the WMBB housing the ITN, CND and the GCMRC. WMBB is a part of an integrated biomedical research complex consisting of the CMRR building and the Lions Research Building/McGuire Translational Research Facility housing the Center for Neurological Research, the CMRR, the Center for Orphan Drug Research, the Stem Cell Institute, and the Center for Immunology. Departmental affiliation will be determined by a combination of the applicant’s research interests and relevance of applicant’s research program and teaching/clinical interests to departmental mission.

For Assistant Professor appointments, candidates are expected to have relevant doctoral and postdoctoral training and research accomplishments consistent with developing a nationally recognized and independent research program. Associate or Full Professor appointments require demonstrated independence and research productivity, including a strong track record of major external funding and peer-reviewed publications. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or be eligible to secure permanent residence status. The starting date is negotiable, with appointments available as soon as summer 2012. The University of Minnesota is committed to diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from women and minorities.