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Faculty Positions in Neurodegenerative Disease

Faculty Positions (In Residence Series)

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) and UCSF seeks to appoint faculty positions with interdisciplinary research approaches focusing on the biology of neurodegeneration and the development of therapeutics that target Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Up to two faculty appointments are available for exceptional candidates with interests in addressing fundamental problems in neurobiology using approaches in biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, chemical biological, and genetics. Research integrating advanced biophysical approaches including cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), tomography (cryo-ET), light microscopy, and single molecule techniques is of particular interest. The IND and UCSF recognize the critical importance of diversity in developing a successful research program; we strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups and are thoroughly committed to providing the necessary resources and support for advancing career goals. 

The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. in a relevant discipline with an exceptional track record in research and mentoring. They will develop an independent research program and be a part of a world class team of researchers at the IND focused on understanding and developing cures to neurodegenerative disease. Successful candidates will work collaboratively with expert faculty across the UCSF campus and greater Bay Area and have access to state-of-the-art IND and UCSF resources including a dedicated cryo-EM facility (with a Krios G4 and Hydra plasma FIB SEM to be installed in 2022-2023). Both junior-level and established scientists are encouraged to apply. Once identified by the IND, the successful candidate(s) will join a suitable academic home department (e.g. Neurology) as a faculty member based on the candidate’s area of research specialization. 

The IND prides itself on being a stimulating, collaborative environment of interdisciplinary groups with regular research-in-progress seminars and social events, as well as a postdoc program, and striving to be a leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The expected appointments are In-Residence* track faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level (assignment commensurate with background, experience, and work history). The successful candidate will be eligible for membership in Graduate Training Programs including Neuroscience, the Tetrad umbrella program, the Program in Biological Sciences, the Quantitative Biosciences Consortium, and other graduate training programs. The individual will be a member of the IND and be involved in additional department-specific activities such as graduate student teaching. Exceptional laboratory space and resources will be available in the Sandler Neurosciences Center on UCSF’s vibrant Mission Bay campus. 

Interested applicants should apply online at and submit: 1) curriculum vitae 2) full contact information for three references, 3) statement of research which should include: a) summary of current research (up to 2 pages), b) a concise outline of future research (up to 3 pages), c) listing of current research support, 4) a cover letter, 5) a statement of teaching, and 6) a statement of contributions to diversity. 

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 

About University of California, San Francisco 

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. 

The UCSF School of Medicine is a global leader in education and public health, clinical practice and scientific discovery, and is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture of its community and a supportive work and learning environment that attracts the best faculty, staff, students and trainees. 

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases 

Founded in 1999 by Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner, the IND is located on the UCSF Mission Bay campus and is dedicated to discovering new therapies and diagnostics to treat brain diseases related to prions and protein abnormalities. Such devastating diseases include, but are not limited to, Creutzfeldt–Jakob, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. 

*The In-Residence faculty at UC are academically qualified individuals who engage in teaching, research or other creative work, and University and public service to the same extent and at the same level of performance as those holding corresponding titles such as Ladder Rank. These positions in the IND will be fully independent Principal Investigators, with full faculty privileges appropriate to rank (Assistant, Associate or Full). In-Residence faculty at UC are non-tenure track and are intended to be supported by non-state funds. The IND provides generous benefits to its In-Residence faculty including state-of-the-art laboratory space and equipment, HR and Operations support, and salary underwriting as a part of a competitive 5-year start-up package. All faculty benefit from the IND Compensation Plan and enjoy excellent UC health and retirement benefits.