Swarthmore College

The Department of Psychology at Swarthmore College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in Social, Cognitive, or Affective Neuroscience, broadly construed. Preference will be given to candidates who conduct research on human participants.  Particular attention will be given to applicants who complement or enrich existing departmental strengths in clinical, cognitive, cultural, developmental, and/or social psychology. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and an active research program that can involve bright undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.  Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses per year: a core undergraduate course in the neuroscience area (e.g., Social Neuroscience, Affective Neuroscience, SCAN), an upper level undergraduate seminar in a related area, undergraduate Research Design and Analysis, and either an elective course, a research practicum, or Introduction to Psychology.  This is initially a two-year appointment beginning Fall 2022, with the possibility of reappointment for two additional years.

Laboratory resources include a shared state-of-the-art ERP lab with Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI) 64-sensor nets, shared (or possibly independent) behavioral laboratory space, a participant pool, and a shared postdoc to assist with training of research assistants and data analysis. The Psychology Department is housed in the new Singer Hall on Swarthmore’s beautiful campus (https://www.swarthmore.edu/facilities-management/maxine-frank-singer-hall), along with the Biology and Engineering Departments. Swarthmore College offers support for faculty research and teaching, funds for travel to professional meetings, and summer support of undergraduate research collaborators.

The courses and seminars of the department are designed to provide a sound understanding of the principles and methods of psychology. Students learn the nature of psychological inquiry and psychological approaches to various problems encountered in the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences. See link to program of study: https://www.swarthmore.edu/psychology/academic-program.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence/information-candidates-new-faculty.


Areas of specialization are open. Must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2022. Some teaching experience is preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a brief cover letter describing their interest in applying for this position, statements describing their teaching and research interests, a current CV, and reprints or preprints of recent work. The teaching statement should describe the applicant’s interests in teaching at an undergraduate institution, previous teaching experience, and approach to teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. The research statement should describe the applicant’s program of research (including research interests, recent and current research, and anticipated areas for future work) and its potential to engage undergraduate students. Relevant experience mentoring students on empirical research should be described in the teaching and/or research statement. In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted. Apply via Interfolio:  http://apply.interfolio.com/104132   

Strongest consideration will be given to candidates who have all of their materials submitted by April 8, 2022. Inquiries may be made to Catherine (Cat) Norris, Search Committee Chair, at cnorris2@swarthmore.edu.