Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
Aug 09, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

The Socio-Cognitive Processes Lab in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University is seeking applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research associate position. The lab focuses on understanding how large-scale social phenomena (e.g., collective beliefs, collective memories, collective emotions) emerge from the interaction between individual cognitive mechanisms and social dynamics. Projects in the lab will explore how cognitive mechanisms affect information propagation in social networks, how communities converge on shared memories/beliefs/emotions, and how people draw on these shared memories/beliefs/emotions to make decisions in real-world circumstances. The researcher will have the opportunity to develop new innovative projects building on their research interests and learn new methodologies that have been developed in the lab. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. The position start date is approximately September 15, 2017. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in psychology or a related discipline (e.g., computational social science, complex social systems, social network analysis). Princeton University is a vibrant research community, with experts collaborating across disciplines. This setting will provide the postdoctoral research associate with many opportunities to engage in training and build cross-disciplinary collaborations. Applicants must apply online at and submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for two references. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Essential Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for this position are: -a Ph.D. in psychology or related discipline (including, but not limited to: computational social science, complex systems, network science) -strong quantitative skills -an excellent academic record, with evidence of research promise -expertise in designing behavioral experiments and/or collecting large-scale data. Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with strengths in behavioral research, social network analysis, and/or large-scale dynamics, regardless of their disciplinary background, are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should be willing to engage in cross-disciplinary interactions.


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