Mar 07, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Position

  • Rutgers University, Newark
  • Rutgers University - Newark Campus, University Avenue, Newark, NJ, USA
Postdoc Education Social Social Cognition

Job Description

The Rutgers Implicit Social Cognition (RISC) Lab ( at Rutgers University-Newark, directed by Dr. Luis M. Rivera, is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position.

The postdoctoral scholar will work on a multi-year NSF-funded research project investigating the roles of exposure to and relationships with STEM professionals from underrepresented minority (URM) groups in the recruitment of URM students into the STEM academic pipeline, as well as their STEM academic performance and STEM-related psychological, motivational, and cognitive factors (with a special emphasis on implicit social cognition).  The research is part of the Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Garden State LSAMP (, a coalition of eight New Jersey college campuses (under the direction of Dr. Alexander E. Gates).   The postdoctoral scholar’s main hub will be at Rutgers University-Newark, but will interact extensively with alliance representatives.

The scientific research will consist of a series of longitudinal, experimental, and cross-sectional studies.  The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for intellectual contributions to the overall project, collecting and analyzing data from self-report and reaction time measures, and writing scientific papers and presentations. Additional duties will include working with a team of graduate and undergraduate students and research assistants and sharing their expertise with others.  There may be opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar to develop their own project in collaboration with Dr. Rivera, provided they are related to the general goals of the NSF grant and the RISC Lab’s areas of research.


Position qualifications include a Ph.D. in psychology or related field; strong methodological and quantitative skills; experience with longitudinal designs and longitudinal data analyses; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; detail-oriented, motivated, efficient, and able to work independently and in a team environment; and effectively balance multiple tasks and projects. Experience with data collection platforms and programming software (e.g., Inquisit) and statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, R) is highly desired. Excellent scientific writing skills are required.


Postdoctoral scholar will receive a competitive salary (consistent with Rutgers and NSF guidelines), health insurance, and a modest research and travel budget. Postdoctoral scholar will also benefit from access to the greater university community of academics and are invited to join regular working group meetings within Department of Psychology and the RISC Lab, plus career development workshops aimed at young researchers. Funding is guaranteed for two years (based on satisfactory performance).


Submit a cover letter focusing on core substantive interests, methodological expertise to date, and reasons for applying to the postdoc position (no more than 2 pages), a statement of research interests and accomplishments (no more than 3 pages), a CV that includes contact information for three references. Reference letters will be requested from short-listed applicants.

Application materials received by April 1, 2019, will be given full consideration.   Start date is June 1, 2019. Please send application materials as a single PDF file to Dr. Luis M. Rivera at Also, applicants are asked to please submit their materials to the Rutgers Employment Opportunities website,


Rutgers University, Newark


Department of Psychology/Rutgers Implicit Social Cognition (RISC) Lab

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