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University of Maryland - Medicine Institute for Neuroscience Discovery (UM-MIND)

The University of Maryland-Medicine Institute for Neuroscience Discovery (UM-MIND) will accelerate translational research of the brain by facilitating interaction between basic and clinical scientists and enhancing collaborative research across the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and with our local partners, MPRC and STAR.

UM-MIND is recruiting new talent to campus and leveraging the more than 120 leading neuroscientists on campus under one umbrella. UM-MIND will focus on 3 pillars of strength: 1) neurodevelopment and neuropsychiatric disorders, 2) neurotrauma and brain injury and 3) aging and neurodegeneration.

Our vibrant community of neuroscientists includes faculty and trainees in a wide range of foundational discovery and clinically oriented departments, centers and institutes.  Our exceptional graduate program awards the PhD under the Program in Neuroscience and contributes to a culture of excellence and equity.

UM-MIND is currently recruiting tenure-track faculty with an MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree with expertise in the 3 pillars of strength . UM-MIND is committed to recruiting, training and retaining faculty from underrepresented groups in biomedical science. Additional opportunities exist through the National Institutes of Health funded Maryland FIRST grant. Read more about the FIRST opportunity and how to apply here.

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University of Maryland- Medicine Institute for Neuroscience Discovery Faculty Position
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

The University of Maryland- Medicine Institute for Neuroscience Discovery (UM-MIND) is expanding the diversity of its faculty by recruiting several tenure-track neuroscience faculty members, preferably at the Assistant Professor rank but higher ranks considered. We are interested in PhD, MD, or MD/PhD candidates whose research complements the pillars of the institutes strengths in three areas; 1) neurodevelopment and psychiatric disorders, 2) neurotrauma and brain injury and 2) neurodegeneration and aging. Rank and tenure status will be dependent on the candidate’s qualifications, which should include a strong record of scholarly activity and funding.

New faculty will be actively mentored to achieve success in an exceptionally collaborative environment comprised of highly productive research programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and outstanding core facilities. We offer highly competitive salary and recruitment packages. All institute faculty are members of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience and will reside in a home department in the University of Maryland School of Medicine commensurate with their interests and expertise. Expected rank for this position will be Assistant Professor or higher, however, final rank and tenure status will be commensurate with selected candidate’s experience. 

Candidates should submit, as a single PDF: curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and vision, and contact information for three references. Candidates should submit their application to the UM-MIND Search Committee ( Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. We encourage applications from a broad range of applicants with backgrounds and life experiences that are underrepresented in biomedical research, including but not limited to persons from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, for any part of the recruitment process, please contact us at  and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.



Through a multi-year NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Cohort program grant, The University of Maryland FIRST Program was established to create an environment conducive to supporting highly effective biomedical researchers. In close partnership, both University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) are committed to establishing a home for inclusive excellence. A diverse group of faculty who are interested in the advancement of underrepresented faculty in biomedical research will be hired in cohorts of 2-3 until the positions are filled. Faculty hires will be provided with competitive salary, generous startup packages, and ample laboratory space. UM FIRST faculty will also receive both individual and group-based inter-institutional support including mentoring, career advocacy, and guidance within the research enterprise.

These new faculty will be hired into broadly themed areas of cancer biology, neuroscience, and microbiology/immunology/vaccinology/infectious diseases, which are areas of significant strength at both institutions.

Through this joint program, UMSOM and UMBC will hire a diverse cohort of at least 10 early-career scientists into tenure-track assistant professor positions. UM FIRST will recruit candidates whose research interests align with various departments, institutes, and centers that have demonstrated validated organizational readiness to promote the advancement of early-career faculty. We anticipate hiring the first two cohorts (3-5 positions) in 2023-2024 and the final two cohorts in 2024-2025.

The UM FIRST Program aims to foster inclusive excellence and provide a supportive environment to establish and grow a community and promote individuals who:

  • successfully compete for federal research funding
  • develop a vibrant and independent research program
  • meet the criteria for NIH-defined Early Stage Investigators
  • have a strong commitment to diversity 

UM FIRST faculty will be provided a comprehensive support infrastructure including sponsors, mentors, career coaches, institutional research navigators, targeted instruction for grant-writing, and professional development opportunities to help them mitigate the difficulties often experienced by early career faculty and accelerate the development of their research careers.

All qualified individuals with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are welcome to apply. Because evidence suggests that participation in the field of biomedical research by historically marginalized groups can help to alleviate existing healthcare disparities, we encourage applications from a broad range of applicants with backgrounds and life experiences that are underrepresented in biomedical research, including but not limited to underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and persons from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Please plan to provide a cover letter, your current CV, and a statement describing how your background or life experiences will help to advance under-represented and marginalized groups in biomedical research.

Please submit inquiries about this position here. Interested candidates may apply here.