Sep 12, 2017

Assistant Professor (tenure track) Social Psychology & Health and Assistant Professor (tenure track) Cognitive Psychology/Developmental Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Full time Cognitive Cognitive Neuroscience Development Health Social

Job Description

The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University anticipates making a cluster of tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level over the coming years. We are interested in candidates with a strong grounding in psychological theory, cutting-edge methods, cross-cutting research programs, and high-quality teaching. Our interest is less in specific research areas or methods than in excellence, innovation, and a strong connection to theory-driven research that will facilitate developing a dynamic, successful, and diverse cluster of next-generation scientists. For the present hiring cycle we are particularly seeking applicants in the following broad areas:

(1) Social Psychology and Health. We seek applicants with a background in social and/or health psychology. We are open to areas of specialization within these fields. Ideally, applicants will have strong statistical training and quantitative skills.

(2) Cognitive Psychology / Developmental Psychology / Cognitive Neuroscience. We seek applicants addressing issues relevant to human cognition, its development, and its neurobiological basis. We are open to areas of specialization within these fields.

Across all areas of interest, we place high value on programmatic, theory-driven research that contributes to the substantive advancement of the field. Moreover, applicants who have areas of interest that connect areas in our department - cognitive, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, education, and social/health psychology - are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will join a growing and highly interactive cross-departmental research community invested in human behavior and its psychological and biological bases, as embodied by CMU’s BrainHub, a campus-wide initiative to expand brain research across disciplines, and Simon Initiative, fostering a continuous cycle in which learning science informs educational practice. The Department of Psychology has particularly strong ties to computer science, machine learning, engineering, modern languages, human-computer interaction, philosophy, social and decision sciences, and the Tepper School of Business. Our community is complemented by many collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh, including partnership through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, an interdisciplinary and collaborative research and training center jointly administered across institutions.

Carnegie Mellon is a highly supportive environment for scientists seeking to span disciplines and employ multiple methodologies in their research. Facilities include a state-of-the-art MRI facility, EEG, NIRS, and MEG systems, and large-scale, high-performance computing clusters situated in a highly collaborative environment. Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive and highly livable urban environment.

We especially encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Completed applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis through October 31, 2017. To apply to this position, please see:

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Carnegie Mellon University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; we invite and encourage applications from women and minorities. Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders. Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the vice president for campus affairs, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-2056.

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