[vslist] Assistant/Associate Professor: Visual/Cognitive Neuroscientist

Mark McCourt Mark.Mccourt at ndsu.nodak.edu
Fri Oct 22 17:36:12 GMT 2004

Assistant/Associate Professor: Visual/Cognitive Neuroscientist

The Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University announces a
tenure-track position in visual/cognitive neuroscience, beginning August 1,
2005. Applicants with interests and expertise in psychophysical approaches
to the study of low vision and visual rehabilitation, visual cognition, or
visual attention are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of
Psychology offers doctoral training in Vision and Cognition and seeks to
recruit a new faculty member whose research specialty compliments our
existing strengths. The newly established NDSU Center for Visual
Neuroscience is funded by a 5-year $8.9M Centers of Biomedical Research
Excellence grant from the NIH/NCRR and will consist of 10 core research
faculty members, as well as numerous additional scientific and technical
staff. Housed in over 2100 sq ft. of remodeled space, the Center's core
facilities will include two 168+ channel high-density EEG systems for
electrical brain mapping studies as well as state-of-the-art driving
simulator, immersive virtual reality, and PC-based psychophysical
laboratories with advanced eye-tracking capability. Standard teaching load
is 3 courses per year; however, the start-up package for this position will
include a teaching load reduction to 1.5 courses per year for the initial
two years of appointment (and 2 courses per year for the subsequent two
years), allowing exceptional freedom to launch and pursue high-quality
research. The successful applicant will be able to teach courses in their
area of specialty. In addition to a competitive salary and attractive
start-up package the Center for Visual Neuroscience will supply an annual
research allowance.

Qualifications. The position requires the Ph.D. but exceptionally well
qualified A.B.D. candidates will be considered for a special appointment as
Instructor until the degree has been completed. The minimum qualifications
for the position are: strong potential for high-quality research using human
subjects in the topic areas of visual/cognitive neuroscience; strong
potential and interest in generating external funding for research program;
teaching competence in courses in specialty area at the graduate and
undergraduate levels; nearly completed Ph.D.; ability to interact
effectively with colleagues and students; and effective interpersonal, oral,
and written communication skills. Preferred qualifications for the position
are: a completed Ph.D.; interest and expertise in the study of low vision
and visual rehabilitation; and the ability to teach courses within our
curriculum. In making hiring decisions we will weigh the qualifications as
follows (in decreasing order of importance): strong potential for
high-quality research using human subjects in the topic areas of
visual/cognitive neuroscience; strong potential and interest in generating
external funding for research program; interest and expertise in the study
of low vision and visual rehabilitation; teaching competence in specialty
area; ability to interact effectively with colleagues and students;
demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; and
proximity to completed Ph.D.

We have a congenial and highly interactive faculty who are highly supportive
of productive research programs and quality instruction. NDSU is located in
Fargo-Moorhead, a pleasant, safe, and growing metropolitan community of
166,000. Fargo-Moorhead is the largest population center in the region and
has a conveniently located international airport served by two major
airlines (Northwest and United). It is a center for entertainment, finance,
medical services, and distribution for a large geographic area. Two
universities (North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University
Moorhead) and one private liberal arts institution (Concordia College) are
located in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Fargo-Moorhead boasts excellent public
schools, ample shopping, a community theatre, symphony, opera, dance
companies, several art galleries, semi-professional baseball, and
intercollegiate athletics. Winters are cold, though snowfall is moderate.
Summers are pleasantly warm with occasional hot stretches. Sun, clear skies,
and clean air predominate the year round. Outdoor sports and activities are
popular. Canoeing, camping, cycling, softball, and soccer are popular summer
pastimes. Winter sports include cross-country skiing, skating, and
snowmobiling. The city has an excellent park system that includes numerous
quality golf courses and bicycle/running paths along the Red River, which
spans most of the city and becomes a ski trail during winter months. Fargo
is an hour's drive from a major resort area in the Minnesota "lakes country"
and two hours from Itasca State Park (headwaters of the Mississippi river)
and its wilderness areas. Central and western North Dakota offer beautiful
hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and related opportunities in the
Badlands, national grasslands, and numerous river valleys. Winnipeg,
Manitoba is less than a four-hour drive to the north and Minneapolis-St.
Paul is an equal distance to the southeast.

To apply, send a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and
accomplishments, a curriculum vita, copies of representative publications
and other supporting materials, available summaries of teaching evaluations,
and letters of reference from three individuals familiar with your career
to: Mark McCourt, Chair, Visual/Cognitive Neuroscience Search Committee,
Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
58105-5075.  For more information about NDSU, see http://www.ndsu.edu
<http://www.ndsu.edu/>  and for more information about the community and
region, visit http://www.fmchamber.com/community/qualityoflife.html. Further
information about the Department of Psychology can be found on our website:
http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/psychology. Informal inquiries are encouraged
and should be directed to Mark.McCourt at ndsu.nodak.edu; (701) 231-8625.
Application deadline is January 14, 2005, but applications will be accepted
until the position is filled.  This search will be conducted in compliance
with North Dakota's open-records law. NDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Mark E. McCourt, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Visual Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Psychology

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND 58105-5075



Vox: 701-231-8625

Fax: 701-231-8426



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