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Assistant Professor: Social Psychology of Resilience

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track position in Social Psychology at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2020. We are particularly interested in applicants who study Psychosocial Resilience, encompassing social, relational, or individual factors that allow a person to preserve well-being and health in the face of psychological, physical, or social threat, broadly construed. To build on department strengths and promote inclusiveness, we are particularly interested in hiring an individual who examines resilience in the context of diversity (e.g., ethnic/racial, sexual/gender identity, economic status, or disability), as well as the intersection of social, cognitive, and mental or physical health processes. Candidates with strong quantitative skills and the ability to teach quantitative courses and/or strong neuroscience skills will be favorably considered. 

For this position, successful applicants should have an outstanding record of research achievement, evidence of or potential for extramural funding, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. A Ph.D. in Social Psychology or related science is required. 

Who We Are

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has roughly 40 tenure track faculty. We offer separate bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience to 2,7000+ undergraduates and PhDs in 5 specialty areas (Behavioral Neuroscience; Behavioral, Psychiatric, and Statistical Genetics; Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; and Social Psychology). We encourage cutting edge and collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, while maintaining a firm footing in psychology and neuroscience.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Appointees will participate in the research and teaching missions of the Department and contribute service to the Department, University, and profession. This will include developing an externally funded, innovative, and impactful research program.

Your normal classroom teaching assignments will be in accord with Department policy. Faculty who are grant active teach two courses per academic year (one undergraduate and one graduate course). The specific courses and course load will be determined in consultation with the Department Chair. You will also be expected to supervise independent student research at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and start up package. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Ph.D. in Social Psychology or related science

What You Will Need

An outstanding record of research achievement, evidence of or potential for extramural funding, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Include a discussion of how your research, teaching, and/or service would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at the University of Colorado. This information could either be integrated into your research and/or teaching statements as relevant, or be addressed in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement. 
  6. 3 Sample Research Papers (There will be 3 file uploads listed below to upload each Research Paper individually).
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation immediately after you apply. 

All applications received before October 31, 2019 will receive full consideration; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Sadie Halnier

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.