The Wilczynski-Georgia Research Alliance Future Faculty Fellowship in Neuroscience is now open for applications. Supported by a generous donation from the estate of Dr. Walter Wilczynski, founding Director of the Neuroscience Institute, coupled with funding from Georgia State University Research Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State, and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), our mission is to develop neuroscience scholars for possible tenure-track appointments at Georgia State or other research universities. All applicants are welcome; applications from persons from racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, disability, and other groups underrepresented in academic and professional settings; women; and individuals with a commitment to mentoring members of those groups are encouraged. We anticipate an inaugural cohort of three Fellows who will be supported for up to three years each with salary, benefits, annual seed funding for independent projects, and laboratory space. An individualized team of mentors will work with each Fellow to help them reach their full potential. Fellows will be appointed at the Postdoctoral or Research Assistant Professor level, commensurate with experience. Click the Job Ad below for details on how to apply.
Georgia State University is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the inaugural Wilczynski-Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Future Faculty Fellowship Program. This program recognizes the need to support high-caliber future faculty researchers with the intent to retain them for years of service to Georgia State University students. We seek to recruit an initial cohort of up to three fellows. The program aims to develop neuroscience scholars for possible tenure-track appointments at Georgia State University and other research universities. All applicants are welcome; applications from women; persons from racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, disability, and other groups underrepresented in academic and professional settings; and individuals with a commitment to mentoring members of those groups are encouraged. Fellows will be supported for up to 3 years with a minimum starting salary of $65,000 plus full benefits. Fellows will function as mentored investigators pursuing research in strategically selected areas that capitalize on resident strengths in the Neuroscience Institute and leverage intellectual and infrastructural resources. Fellows will be matched with a team of co-mentors and will have opportunities for professional development (e.g., training in grant writing, lab management, pedagogy, mentoring, etc.) aimed at preparing them for future faculty roles. In addition to access to the mentors’ laboratories, Fellows will be provided with independent laboratory space and annual seed funds of $30,000 to support independent research. There will be opportunities to mentor undergraduate students and co-mentor graduate student(s) in their research program.
Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related discipline, a demonstrated capacity to publish high-impact peer-reviewed research, a demonstrated record of pursuing or high potential to acquire external research funding, and a demonstrated research agenda that aligns with or complements areas of strength in the Neuroscience Institute and/or Brains & Behavior faculty/departments. Preferred qualifications include two years of prior postdoctoral experience and demonstrated interest and aptitude for collaborating across fields and disciplines. Strong preference will be given to those who have a commitment to diversity among faculty and an inclination to promote inclusion and expanded diversity within the College of Arts & Sciences, Neuroscience Institute, or the community of departments supported by the Brains and Behavior faculty. Georgia State, the largest university in Georgia, is an enterprising R-1 university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta that enrolls and graduates one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Appointment will be made at the Postdoctoral or the Research Assistant Professor level, commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit their (1) CV, (2) a research statement that articulates their commitment to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, (3) a statement of how the applicant meets the goals of the program and complements research foci at Georgia State, and (4) contact information (name, email, and phone number) for three potential references to be contacted by the search committee.
Evaluation of completed applications will begin September 15, 2023, and will continue until the positions are filled with a negotiable start date. Applicant materials and/or questions about the program should be directed to [email protected]. Georgia State University is an equal opportunity employer. It continues to be the policy of the University to implement affirmative action and equal opportunity for all employees, students, contractors, consultants and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, gender, transgender status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or disability.
Walter Wilczynski (1952 – 2020) was the inaugural Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State. A renowned behavioral neuroscientist, passionate educator and mentor, and 5K race enthusiast, he is pictured here with the first student to earn a BS in Neuroscience at Georgia State.
Georgia State is a vibrant, Research I University in the heart of downtown Atlanta that is ranked #1 among public universities for Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching and #2 in the country for Innovation by U.S. News & World Report. Georgia State boasts a highly diverse student body that is “majority minority” at the undergraduate level and for the past five years has awarded more bachelor’s degrees to Black students than any other college or university in the United States. We seek to develop a faculty in Neuroscience that best serves our diverse student body
Neuroscience Institute (NI) faculty Erica Tracey and Daniel Cox celebrate with 2023 NI winners at the annual College of Arts & Science Awards Ceremony.
Fellows will be appointed to the Neuroscience Institute or a Brains & Behavior affiliated department. Neuroscience-related units and Georgia State core facilities most likely to be relevant to potential Fellows are described below:
The NI is an independent academic department consisting of 24 core faculty members; in addition, over 50 faculty from 15 departments around the university participate as Associate NI faculty. Housed in the state-of-the-art Petit Science Center, the NI offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in Neuroscience, and trains roughly 12 postdocs each year.
The Petit Science Center is home to the Neuroscience Institute and houses state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities.
B&B is a transdisciplinary program with faculty members from across Georgia State University. The program awards Seed Grants, hosts an annual retreat, offers the B&B Distinguished Lecturer series and a summer scholar program, and contributes to the support of ~50 PhD students on graduate fellowships.
Established in 1999 as a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, the CBN supports behavioral neuroscience research and related outreach activities across Atlanta. The CBN is directed by NI faculty members, Drs. Elliott Albers and Debra Bangasser.
Dr. Javier Stern (left) and Elba Campos Lira (right) celebrate with Ranjan Roy, winner of the best oral presentation at the Postdoctoral Symposium in 2022.
The mission of the CNCD is to promote interdisciplinary research in neuroinflammation, which is recognized as a common factor in the development of diseases ranging from hypertension and obesity to Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Established in 2018, the center is directed by NI faculty member, Dr. Javier Stern.
This recently-established organization has as its mission to enhance the postdoctoral experience for the roughly 100 postdocs at Georgia State. The group facilitates social camaraderie and career connections. The inaugural, university-wide Postdoctoral Symposium was held in 2022 and is slated to become an annual event that enhances the visibility of postdocs on campus and celebrates their many contributions.
Listed below are several of the core facilities at Georgia State most likely to be of interest to Wilczynski-GRA Neuroscience Fellows. Most of these facilities are conveniently located in the same building that houses the Neuroscience Institute. Other facilities at Georgia State not specifically highlighted here can be found at: Core Laboratories and Facilities.
Staffed by a full-time technician and located in the Petit Science Center, the NI Core offers all members of the NI access to shared equipment (microtomes, microscopes, homogenizers, etc…) and services (biological assays and histology, etc.).
Located in the Petit Science Center, the Imaging Core Facility provides laser scanning confocal microscopes, electron microscopy, and inverted and upright microscopes, training, and other services.
Located in the Petit Science Center, the Mass Spectrometry facility provides modern instrumentations and expertise in the analysis of chemical and biological molecules with state-of-the-art mass spectrometers.
Within the larger AB Core, the Cell, Protein and DNA facilities provide equipment for proteomics, flow cytometry, microarray, chemiluminescence, and supporting equipment. Located in the Petit Science Center and the Natural Science Center.
Small animal MRI imaging is available in the Petit Science Center in the Advanced Translational Imaging Facility. This facility boasts a newly acquired 7T Bruker 70/20 Biospec 20 cm MRI scanner, a surgery area for animal preparation, and supporting equipment for anesthetizing and monitoring animals, and collecting data, as well as staff for technical support.
Located in midtown Atlanta, CABI is a shared core facility between Georgia State and Georgia Tech. CABI focuses on human and non-human primate neuroimaging research, but also has facilities for EEG, tDCS, TMS, and eye tracking.
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