Nov 13, 2023

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Arizona State University
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
Postdoc Applied Psychology Discrimination Experimental Group Processes Judgment and Decision Making Judicial/Law Postdoctoral Prejudice Social Social Cognition

Job Description

The School of Interdisciplinary Forensics at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position in Psychology. We are interested in candidates with training in any area of psychology with interest in conducting socially impactful research on issues of race, racial justice, and/or racial disparities in the legal system, broadly defined. The postdoctoral scholar will work alongside Dr. Jessica Salerno and Dr. Laura Smalarz to design and conduct socially impactful empirical research, analyze data, draft manuscripts, present at academic conferences, and supervise a team of graduate and undergraduate students with interests in issues of race, racial justice, and racial disparities in the legal system.

All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding and/or a transition to a tenure track position may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit. 

The postdoctoral scholar will be embedded in ASU’s Law and Behavioral Science group, an interdisciplinary group of psychological scientists who are engaged in basic research in psychology with the explicit goal of making the legal system more fair and just. Information about our Law and Behavioral Science group including faculty, research labs, academic programs, and events can be found at The Law and Behavioral Science group spans many academic units across the university, but this position will be headquartered in the School of Interdisciplinary Forensics within the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. The core mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Forensics is to blend scientific rigor and technical training to advance the fair and effective administration of justice. More information about the school can be found at

The postdoctoral scholar selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU.

The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented or underserved in higher education in the United States. Where pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment to inclusive excellence. Examples of such contributions are research, teaching, mentorship, service or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations that increases equitable access and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.

The School of Interdisciplinary Forensics has committed to provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

 About Arizona State University

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit

 All we do at ASU is guided and inspired by the University Charter, which reads:

 ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

 Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of this charter.


Qualifications and Characteristics

Successful candidates will engage in scholarly research and may be asked to perform duties common to academic personnel including grant writing. For candidates who are interested in gaining teaching experience, opportunities will be made available.

 Minimum qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in psychology or related field at the time of appointment

 Desired qualifications

  • Strong training in social and/or cognitive psychology
  • Demonstrated interest in conducting socially impactful research
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality psychological research that is publishable in premier academic journals
  • Demonstrated interest in conducting research investigating issues of race, racial justice, and racial disparities
  • Demonstrated interest in translating and applying basic research to forensic/legal issues
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing an externally funded research program
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including students from groups underrepresented in academia and first-generation college students
  • Demonstrated evidence of a research agenda committed to advancing principles of the ASU Charter 

This position is located at the Arizona State University at the West campus. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure track position may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit. 

Application Instructions

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is November 21, 2023, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. For assistance with your application, or for position-related questions, contact

Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. All required materials must be submitted at time of initial application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to

Applications must contain:

  •        A short cover letter describing how you meet the required and desired qualifications listed above
  •        A curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  •        A research statement that addresses current research and accomplishments, future research plans, and the social     impact of your current and future research
  •        1-3 publications (either published or unpublished)
  •        A statement addressing how you will advance ASU’s Charter
  •        Unofficial graduate transcripts
  •        Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number), one reference must be from your current employer 

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of the background check.


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