Tenure-track assistant professor position at Rice University

September 16, 2021

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University (Houston, Texas) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in psychology to begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will join the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Research Interest Group (RIG), an interdisciplinary group of faculty who study cognition and emotion and their immunological, psychophysiological, and neural correlates.  

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to capitalize on the resources, patient populations, and cross-disciplinary opportunities associated with Rice’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center. Candidates with research interests that complement and bridge those of area faculty (e.g., language, memory, emotion, emotion regulation, aging, neuroplasticity, health psychology/behavioral medicine, psychoneuroimmunology) are especially encouraged to apply.  

Research interests that span other areas of the Department of Psychological Sciences and other university-wide initiatives are also of interest. The Department of Psychological Sciences trains doctoral students in cognitive and affective neuroscience, health psychology, HF/HCI, and industrial/organizational psychology. Rice has launched several University-wide initiatives in recent years that provide a rich, interdisciplinary intellectual environment for the successful candidate, including the Neuroengineering Initiative (https://neuroengineering.rice.edu), the Data Science Initiative (https://datascience.rice.edu), and BRIDGE (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity, https://bridge.rice.edu).  

The position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, human development, cognitive science). Faculty are expected to develop a productive research program, secure external funding, teach courses that contribute to undergraduate psychology program and Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience graduate program, the Cognitive Science major, the Neuroscience interdisciplinary undergraduate majors, and/or the Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine graduate program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and provide service to the field and the department.  

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. In 2021, the Department of Psychological Sciences was ranked 6th in Best Colleges for Psychology in America by Niche. More information about the department is available on our website: www.psychology.rice.edu 

We encourage everyone to apply, especially those individuals who have been historically underrepresented in academia: people of color, LGBTQI+ people, women, people with disabilities, veterans, people of any age or family status. We strive to actively counter prejudice and to create a working environment that is inclusive and equitable. 

Early applications are encouraged. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should use the application portal here (https://apply.interfolio.com/94126) to provide (1) cover letter, (2) vita, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement including evidence of teaching effectiveness, (5) a description of how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Rice through your teaching, research, and service, (6) three representative reprints, and (7) three letters of recommendation.  

Equal Employment Opportunity
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. Rice University Standard of Civility: Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public. 

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