Southern Methodist University

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. 

SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

SMU was founded by what is now The United Methodist Church, in partnership with civic leaders. The University is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

Why Work at SMU?

Employment opportunities at SMU range from faculty members to professional staff to support services – all equally supportive of the mission and direction of the University. Employees can gain satisfaction in knowing that they are helping, in their own ways, to complete the educational experience for a myriad of students. For that, SMU seeks to offer competitive salaries and a broad array of benefits. Options include – but are not limited to – comprehensive medical benefits, retirement plan with immediate vesting, 100 percent tuition benefits, athletic and recreational privileges, and some on-site day care.

Work/Life Balance

The University also is committed to its Work/Life Balance Program that focuses on innovative ways to help employees balance work life and personal life. Cultural development includes free or reduced-price tickets for theater and dance performances, lectures and museum exhibitions on campus. The Wellness Program promotes a healthy lifestyle through coordinated exercise programs, free health screenings, CPR training and lectures ranging from nutrition issues to stress reduction. Employees are invited to participate in activities such as volleyball and bowling leagues, choir and intramural sports. The SMU Staff Association coordinates luncheons, lectures and a Staff Development Day. Employees also are encouraged to update and polish their work skills through regularly scheduled technology training and career guidance. In addition, employees can fulfill a desire to participate in volunteer or community service by joining coworkers on various projects such as Meals-on-Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.

The Setting

The campus is nestled in a traditional residential neighborhood five miles north of downtown Dallas.  SMU’s spacious park-like campus features red brick buildings of Collegiate Georgian architecture and beautiful fountains. Dallas ranks among the most livable cities in America and is consistently ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the top cities in the nation for business. Dallas has more than 150 museums, galleries, and artistic attractions; more shopping centers per capita than any major U.S. city; and four times more restaurants per person than New York City. Just a short walk away from the campus is Mockingbird Station, which includes a light rail train station, restaurants, shops, and an art house movie theater.

SMU also has a campus in Northern New Mexico that draws upon the area’s rich natural and cultural resources to offer summer courses in the humanities, sciences, and studio and performing arts. The site includes excavation of a 13th-century Indian pueblo.

Overall, SMU provides opportunities for all levels of employment in a pleasant, empowering, and fun environment. Take a look at the campus, either in person or by visiting our Web site at

Apr 03, 2018
The Social and Clinical Neuroscience Lab  (PI: Ben Tabak) in the department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to begin in the Summer of 2018 for a term of one year with the potential to add additional years depending on funding. The post doctoral scholar's primary function will be to analyze data and write papers from existing datasets that integrate social and clinical psychology with neuroscientific methods such as fMRI, pharmacological administration, and genetics.  Essential Functions: Analyze existing fMRI and behavioral data from previous studies examining the effects of oxytocin and vasopressin administration on several social processes.  Analyze existing self-report and behavioral data from a three-site study examining psychometric properties of different domains of social cognition, and associations of these social cognitive domains with outcomes including empathic accuracy. Assist in developing new neuroimaging paradigms involving similar topics. Assist in grant development for future studies.     Education and Experience: Applicants must have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, statistics or a related field. Experience in fMRI and behavioral data analysis is required. Proficiency using MATLAB, SPM, SPSS, and other similar programs is desirable. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Candidate must demonstrate strong quantitative skills using a variety of statistical techniques.  Candidate must possess strong writing skills with a motivation to publish, and an interest in the neurobiology of social processes. Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Please include curriculum vitae (CV) , one page statement of interest and contact information of two references for full consideration . Physical/Environmental Demands: Stand Push/pull Handle objects (dexterity) Sit for long period of time. Deadline to Apply: This position is open until filled.  Review of applications will begin immediately. EEO Statement: SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, .    
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX, USA Postdoc