Sep 15, 2023

Professor - Open Rank

  • University of Wisconsin Madison - Department of Psychology
  • 1202 W Johnson St, Madison, WI, USA
Full time Cognitive Development Perception

Job Description

Cognitive or Perceptual Development - Open Rank

The highly ranked Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking excellent candidates for a tenure-track, or tenured, faculty position in the area of Cognitive or Perceptual Development. The selected candidate will mount a vigorous research program while making significant contributions to the department's teaching mission. Topics of study might include how humans learn to perceive, represent, and act on the world; what kinds of experiences guide perceptual organization and conceptual development; the interface of perception with the development of conceptual representations; or the development of executive functions, memory, reasoning, or decision making. In addition to experimental behavioral research with human infants and/or children, successful candidates might also employ cognitive neuroscience methods, cross-cultural or ethnographic methods, or computational modeling, among other approaches. Our interest is less in specific topic areas or methods than in innovation and excellence in the applicant's research program. We seek candidates whose scholarship complements existing research strengths in our Department, taking it in clearly new directions. The successful candidate will contribute to an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement and a sense of belonging for faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community. Our department is enhanced by members' diverse approaches, perspectives, and life experiences; applicants are encouraged to highlight these features in their application materials.



Successful applicants will teach graduate and undergraduate classes, mentor students, conduct scholarly research, and provide service to the department, college, university, and academic community nationally or internationally. The general teaching load is 2-3 courses per year. The successful candidate, as a member of the College of L&S, will proactively contribute to, support, and advance the college's commitment to diversity among all aspects of their teaching, research, and service.



Candidates should demonstrate evidence of creativity and excellence in teaching and scholarly research. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate experience with fostering or the ability to foster an inclusive and equity-centered teaching, learning, departmental, and research environment where all can thrive.


PhD in Psychology or simllar by start of appointment is required.


How to Apply

Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.


This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL# 287124 (Assistant) and PVL# 287125 (Associate and Full) ; please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the Search & Screen Committee to consider candidates in either a tenure or tenure-track position.


To begin the application process, please click on the 'Apply Now' button. Please upload the following items: 1) Cover letter 2) C.V. 3) Research statement 4) Teaching statement, and 5) Three representative publications (please upload all three as one PDF doc). In addition, candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three references. For Assistant applications, each reference will each receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference. References of tenured applicants will only be contacted for those that are named as a finalist for this position.


The appointment is expected to begin on August 19, 2024. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 17, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.


Additional Information

Madison is the state's capital city and is well known for offering a small town feel in a medium-sized city. It is a great place to raise a family and offers an ideal combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural events, outstanding schools and outdoor recreation.


The Department of Psychology at UW-Madison is highly rated and is a leader in its field. The department is multidisciplinary and has a highly collaborative environment. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our research, teaching and service, including hiring and graduate admissions ( 


In addition, the College of Letters & Science is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all of us - students, staff, and faculty - can thrive. Ours is a community in which we all are welcome. Most importantly, we strive to build a community in which all of us feel a great sense of belonging. There is no excellence without diversity in all its forms; diverse teams are more creative and successful than homogeneous ones. We are better when we are diverse and when we acknowledge, celebrate, and honor our diversity. In acknowledging and honoring our diversity, we also assume a responsibility to support and stand up for each other.


Institutional Statement on Diversity

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


University of Wisconsin Madison



Reference Number

287124 / 287125

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