Sep 05, 2019

Open Rank Professor of Psychology

  • American University
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full time Neuroscience

Job Description

The Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, open rank faculty position in Psychology with a specialization in human neuroscience, effective August 1, 2020. Preference will be given to established investigators. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring. We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship, with a preference for applicants conducting research that investigates the link between health and environment, broadly construed. This could include, but not be limited to, investigating the impact of environmental factors on the neuroscience of psychological disorders or psychological health. Preference will be given to applicants working with human subjects, although we are open to all neuroscience approaches. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred.


Candidates should be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research; seek external funding for their lab; teach, advise, mentor and supervise the research of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students; and participate in departmental, school, and university-level service activities. Candidates at the Associate and Full professor levels should have a strong record of external funding; junior candidates are expected to actively seek external funding for their research program. Salary and benefits are nationally competitive.


Please submit application materials via: . Please include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, contact details for three references, recent teaching evaluations (if available), and 3-5 representative .pdf files of published papers. Applicants should also submit a Diversity and Inclusion statement including information regarding previous efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. Please contact Catherine Stoodley, Search Committee Chair, at with any questions or inquiries. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 31, 2019.

AU is a private institution in Washington DC, and part of a vibrant local scientific community that includes many biomedical research centers, federal and non-federal funding bodies, including the NIH and the NSF. For more information about AU, visit The Department of Psychology has an APA-accredited Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and many of its faculty members are affiliates of the university-wide interdisciplinary Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Ph.D. program. The department also has a terminal MA program. Learn more about the Psychology department at AU has an active neuroscience community, anchored by the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, which supports the pursuit of interdisciplinary neuroscience research across the university ( Center members teach and mentor students in the interdisciplinary undergraduate Neuroscience major at AU.

AU is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, and applicants who can contribute to this mission are particularly encouraged to apply. American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.  The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans, and highly encourages applications from these groups. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.


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