Associate or Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (Tenure Track) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is soliciting applications for a tenure-track research faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Professor. This tenure-track faculty position will be of central importance to the exciting expansion of the Department’s research program and its deepening integration with our training and clinical programs. Although all applications will receive serious consideration, preference will be given to candidates who are primarily applied researchers who work either with human subjects or in highly translational preclinical paradigms. A substantial portion of effort will focus on services research for mental health problems in college students, with an emphasis on screening, prevention, and early intervention efforts in the USC student population (My Mental Health Initiative). The program of research for successful applicants should have the potential to integrate with, translate to, or in some way advance this initiative. A demonstrable track record for collaborative, multi-disciplinary, funded research is required.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences integrates science, medicine, education, psychology, and behavioral health. The Department has grown substantially in recent years in its research mission, strengthened by its ongoing collaborations with local, national and international partners. It is an international leader in genomic psychiatry, translational research, health services research, and the neurosciences. The Department has expanded the breadth and depth of the education programming, with innovative leaders in curriculum, evaluation, research, and teaching methodology. The Department’s clinical educators and clinical services are a fundamental part of the academic and training missions, in collaboration with the Keck Medical Center and Clinics, the Norris Cancer Institute, Los Angeles General Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, USC Arcadia Hospital, and many other community partners.

This is a full-time tenure-track faculty position with an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. A generous benefits package includes: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term care, disability, malpractice coverage and more; significant retirement benefits (USC makes a 10% contribution when you contribute 5%); tuition assistance for you and your family; paid professional days and parental leave; access to free continuing education credits through our Grand Rounds lecture series; and generous paid time off. More information about benefits can be found here.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities: 

Under the direction of the Chair and Vice Chair for Research, the incumbent will:

  • Conduct research and disseminate findings via peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations
  • Procure grant funding for research
  • Participate in fundraising activities with prospective donors
  • Collaborate with other members of the Department of Psychiatry, medical school, and university
  • Teach and educate medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows
  • Mentor students and faculty members in area of research expertise
  • Clinically trained applicants may be asked to contribute some portion of their time to clinical care

Minimum Qualifications:

MD, PhD, or their equivalent Strong track record of collaborative funded research and peer-reviewed publications Demonstrable skills in teaching and education

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience working with or researching college populations or transition-age youth Prior experience with prevention or early intervention research and services

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Starting Date: Negotiable

Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is to care for and protect the mental health of our diverse communities. This unwavering support is embodied in our extraordinary, comprehensive services. We pursue leading-edge research powered by collaboration and commitment to meeting patients’ needs. Trainees work closely with faculty experts preparing them to be future leaders. Our eminent scientists and emerging investigators move at the forefront of psychiatric research, tackling the challenges of the brain and mind that affect people the most. Areas of excellence include Alzheimer’s disease, early childhood development, eating disorders, OCD, psychosis  and substance use disorders.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is committed to attracting and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to providing culturally informed, high-quality behavioral healthcare to a multicultural population. Both in our work environment and clinical practice, we embrace diversity across multiple dimensions. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, trainees, volunteers, patients, colleagues, and the multitude of stakeholders with whom we work. Through our clinical services, educational programs, research studies, and policy initiatives, we are committed to addressing health care disparities for historically underserved groups; to combating racism and anti-Blackness at all levels; and to promoting and ensuring social justice.

Health Sciences Campus 

Home to the Keck School of Medicine, the 79-acre Health Sciences Campus (HSC) is located three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and seven miles from the USC University Park Campus. HSC is home to the Keck Medical Center of USC – a state-of-the-art USC-owned academic medical center comprised of the Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Also based on the HSC are the USC School of Pharmacy and the Independent Health Professions programs. The Keck School is ideally situated in a dense urban and multicultural community to provide the kind of training necessary to meet the global health care challenges of the future. We engage with our neighbors through a spectrum of community partnerships and events that educate, nurture and care for the diverse populations we serve.

The University of Southern California 

USC is one of the world’s leading private research universities with approximately 48,500 students from all 50 states and boasts one of the largest international student bodies in the country. USC first opened its doors in 1880 to 53 students and 10 teachers. Today it is a world class research university and the oldest private research university in the West. USC has conferred degrees on more than a quarter-million students – leaders who have helped Southern California emerge as a national trendsetter in health care and the biomedical sciences, public policy, economic and business affairs, urban planning and engineering, scientific research, communications and the arts. USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, a culturally rich metropolitan city, and is close to both beach and mountains with wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. The mild temperatures along with the city’s average of 329 days of sun per year makes Los Angeles a wonderful city to live and work.

The University of Southern California (USC), is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, bi/multilingual and bi/multicultural individuals, and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply. For more information about the work visa types that USC’s Faculty and Staff Visa Services is able to sponsor, please visit the website at

The annual base salary range for this position is $125,000-$250,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

To apply, submit CV, cover letter, and 3 letters of reference from current or former direct supervisors that speak to your competency and suitability for this position.

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Apply on this job post

A public service of

Subscribe to our daily email digest for ongoing update to stay on top of new job opportunities

That’s the Streamlyne Way!