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Aug 17, 2022

Two tenure track Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences positions, University of Delaware

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (https://www.psych.udel.edu) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware invites applications for two tenure track Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences positions, to begin September 1, 2023. For one position, we seek a scholar with expertise in any specialization of Cognitive Psychology and/or Cognitive Neuroscience. For the second position, we seek a scholar with expertise in computational modeling of cognition and/or computational cognitive neuroscience. Topical areas of specialization within the broad domain of cognition are otherwise open, and we welcome applications from candidates who combine computational approaches with other empirical methodologies (behavioral experiments, psychophysics, neuroimaging, etc.). We especially welcome applicants who conduct research with strong interdisciplinary connections and who can contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring that support equity and inclusion.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a scholar to join and strengthen a thriving, growing community of cognition and neuroscience researchers within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and its research and teaching missions. The Cognitive Area has faculty focusing on spatial representations, vision science and visual cognition, the auditory system, body representations, memory, attention, cognitive control and decision-making. They employ multiple methodologies including neuroimaging at our MRI center, EEG, brain stimulation (TMS), computational modeling, and studies of brain-damaged individuals. Other faculty in Social, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Clinical areas in the Department study closely linked topics such as social cognition, social neuroscience, memory and learning in animal models, and psychological disorders linked to cognition. A strong and growing interdepartmental network of cognitive scientists and neuroscientists is also represented in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, as well as in departments in the University of Delaware’s Colleges of Health Sciences and Engineering. A new Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program provides opportunities to train interdisciplinary scholars and build connections with researchers across departments and colleges. Candidates with strong cross-area and interdisciplinary interests are especially encouraged to apply.

An innovative leader in research and teaching, the University of Delaware combines a rich historic legacy with a commitment to education and the latest in advanced technology. Enhanced by state-of-the-art facilities, research is conducted across all seven colleges and numerous interdisciplinary institutes and centers. Relevant staffed facilities on campus include the new 11,600 square foot Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging (CBBI, http://cbbi.udel.edu) housing a 3T Siemens Magnetom Prisma for humans and a 9.4T/20cm Bruker MRI for small animals, an animal housing and research facility attached to the CBBI, a 103,000 square foot Health Sciences Complex, a 194,000 square foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, and the Delaware Technology Park, where entrepreneurial and academic research labs are co-located. The Early Learning Center at UD is a daycare and preschool that supports the academic and research programs of the University as a site for student observation and practicum as well as faculty and graduate student research. The NIH-supported Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research in collaboration with Delaware State University, and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA), a partnership among the University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, and Thomas Jefferson University, provide infrastructure and opportunity for innovative basic, clinical and translational collaborations. The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware, a charming college town with a busy main street near Wilmington, DE. Newark is only a short drive or train commute from Philadelphia, PA. UD is also within driving distance of New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, the Poconos and some of the finest beaches in the country, making it an ideal location for day or weekend trips.

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: We are seeking two exceptional candidates in cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience, one specifically with computational expertise and the other employing any methodological approach. Both candidates should have expertise in one or more topics in cognition. The successful candidate will have a strong history of research and publication of scholarly work and be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants for this position must have earned a Ph.D. Applicants who are ABD will be considered but must have a granted Ph.D. upon arrival. Responsibilities will include research, teaching and mentorship, and service to the department.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES AT UD:  The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware (https://www.psych.udel.edu/) is within the College Arts and Sciences. The department is home to roughly 1200 undergraduate majors and 400 minors and offers degrees in both Psychology and Neuroscience. The department is organized around four concentrations of research and graduate training that is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary. Our graduate students and full-time faculty conduct basic and applied research in behavioral neuroscience, clinical science, cognitive psychology and social psychology. We promote the principles of equity and inclusion within our department and beyond through recruitment and retention, graduate training, clinical work, research, service and teaching, as well as through open and productive dialogue.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

The University of Delaware (www.udel.edu) is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, three representative publications, and contact information for three references at http://www.udel.edu/careers [direct link to application portal: https://careers.udel.edu/cw/en-us/job/499181/tenure-track-assistant-professor-department-of-psychological-and-brain-sciences]. Please indicate in the cover letter if you believe that you are qualified to be considered for the computationally oriented position (note that this will not exclude you from consideration for the other position). Inquiries, but not application materials, should be emailed to co-Chairs Jared Medina (jmedina@udel.edu) and/or Tim Vickery (tvickery@udel.edu).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html.