Assistant Professor: Social and Affective Neuroscience

Job description

The Department of Psychology at San Diego State University invites applications for a faculty position tenure-track at the Assistant Professor level in Cognitive Neuroscience with focus in Social and Affective Neuroscience preferred. We seek candidates with expertise and scholarly research in the emerging cross-disciplinary field that focuses on the neural basis of emotional responses and the modulating influence of contextual, social, and/or cultural factors. This includes but is not limited to the neural bases of psychological processes associated with the role of emotion in risk perception, decision making, reward and motivation, aggression and attraction, and perception of “other”, as well as the influences of cultural and ethnic diversity. We are especially interested in candidates whose research program utilizes advanced neuroimaging computational techniques, given the newly established SDSU MRI Center with 3T Siemens Prisma, and who would be open to collaborations using such techniques. This position will complement existing department strengths in neuroscience, translational psychological science, and diversity science. 

Candidates must hold a doctorate in Psychology or allied discipline. Candidates should have a strong record of research productivity and extramural funding, and present evidence of teaching effectiveness. They are expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students, and engage in department, college, and university-level service activities. The Psychology Department has an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology offered jointly with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, and its faculty are affiliated with a range of doctoral programs throughout the university including programs in Public Health, Language and Communicative Disorders, and Computational Sciences, as well as the Biomedical Informatics Research Center. The Psychology Department also has a research-oriented MA program with research areas that include behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, social/personality psychology, developmental psychology, learning and cognition, and physical and/or mental health research; a terminal MS program in applied psychology with emphases in industrial/organizational and program evaluation; and a large and diverse population of undergraduate majors. SDSU moreover has a newly established MRI Center (opened January 2018) with Siemens Prisma 3T, including dedicated Center staff, director (Dr. Marty Sereno), and physicist. Additional information about SDSU, the Psychology Department, the Joint Doctoral Program, and the Neuroimaging Center can be found at,, and

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. The College of Sciences is host to a large number of federally-funded minority training programs (described at


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Applicants should submit a letter of interest, research statement, teaching statement (including evidence of teaching effectiveness), a current curriculum vitae, up to 3 representative reprints, and 3 letters of reference.  For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by September 28, 2019, although applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions, please contact Committee Chair Dr. Marty Sereno at [email protected]

This position may also be eligible for the SDSU Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) hiring program that creates additional faculty lines for candidates who meet two or more of the criteria listed in To be considered for one of these additional BIE hires, candidates should identify in their letter of application how they meet two or more of the criteria.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 9/10/2019
Application Due: 11/9/2019
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