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Assistant Professor

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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 with a focus on Public Health at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2024. 

 We seek a faculty member who takes a biopsychosocial approach to psychological science. This perspective is critical to advance the study of public health, including exploring the cognitive, emotional, social, biological, genetic, and contextual-environmental processes and factors that influence mental and physical health. To achieve health equity, one focus of psychology and neuroscience is on understanding and addressing the context of systemic racism and the impact of structural inequities and racial and ethnic discrimination on mental and physical health, as well as access to care. We seek a faculty member whose program of research aims to inform linkages among multiple biopsychosocial determinants of mental and physical health that will impact the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of theory-based and empirically supported interventions to improve psychological functioning, health behavior, access to and utilization of care, or relevant psychological and neurobiological outcomes. We are particularly interested in the interaction of individual-level and socio-contextual factors such as discrimination, stigma, identity, lack of access, and environmental challenges. We will prioritize applicants who use community-engaged research methods.
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.

Who We Are

​​The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has approximately 40 tenured/tenure track faculty and 10 teaching faculty. We offer separate bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience to 2,7000+ undergraduates and PhDs in 5 specialty graduate program areas (Behavioral Neuroscience; Behavioral, Psychiatric, and Statistical Genetics; Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; and Social Psychology). The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience recognizes that academic excellence is achieved only by fostering a diverse community that provides equitable opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty ( 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. ​
  • The normal classroom teaching assignments will accord with Department policy. Faculty who are grant active typically 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. The successful candidate will also be expected to supervise independent student research at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

What You Should Know

  • The teaching expectations for this position include courses consistent with the University of Colorado Boulder Public Health certificate that include, but are not limited to, PSYC 2111 (Psychological Science I: Statistics), PSYC 4606 (Special topics including Social Psychology of Health Promotion and Social Psychology of Discrimination and Health), PSYC 4021 (Psychology and Neuroscience of Exercise) PSYC 4541 (Special topics including Science of Happiness), and PSYC 4263 (Psychological Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach).
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time appointment is $100-$107,000 per year and a competitive 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 Psychology ​​or a related field.

What You Will Need

  • ​For this position, successful applicants should have an outstanding record of research achievement, evidence of or potential for extramural funding, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • A Ph.D. is required, but a Ph.D specifically in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, or cognitive science is strongly preferred.​

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: 
    • ​​Please 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. You can integrate this information into your research and/or teaching statements as relevant, or you can submit a separate optional Diversity and Inclusion Statement.
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
  5. Professional Publications
  6. Optional: Diversity and Inclusion Statement
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 15th, 2023.  This position will remain open until filled.

​If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Boulder Jobs help desk at 303-735-4357 or Submit a Request for Help. All other job related inquiries should be directed to Janie McKenzie at: 303-492-7358.​

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Janie McKenzie

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