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Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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Social Sciences, Psychology & Behavioral Science
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Department of Psychology is a research-oriented department which values a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation. By investing in the people who comprise our department, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment (see for more information). Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good.

Our department's vision, to be an inclusive intellectual community that fosters discovery and innovation, is embedded within the University of Denver's vision to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The University values Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about our commitments at the University of Denver, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence goals through scholarship, teaching, and service.

The University of Denver is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to 2.8 million people. Our metropolitan location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. The University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of approximately 5,800 undergraduates (including nearly 500 psychology majors), 5,700 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

We seek candidates for a Research Assistant Professor position, non-tenure track, to begin as early as January 2022. These Research Assistant Professors will collaborate with Dr. Galena Rhoades on several federally-funded grants and contracts primarily focused on the evaluation of relationship education programs for youth, women, and couples. Research Assistant Professors will advance their own research by publishing from these projects and other existing datasets and through the collaborative development of new projects and grant applications. These positions are fully-funded for five years, with the expectation that the Research Assistant Professors will secure addition funding to continue thereafter. Successful applicants will have a strong program of research in basic science on couples and families and/or related interventions. Candidates should also be committed to working with diverse populations and advancing social justice. For those with interest and degrees in fields allowing for clinical practice, accumulating hours for licensure is also offered.

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively with a team of other faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students to successfully implement large-scale descriptive and impact (randomized) evaluations of community-based programs for youth, women, and families.
  • Liaise with community partners and programs for implementation of studies.
  • Develop and maintain systems for accurate data collection and timely reports.
  • Examine research questions from these and other basic science and/or intervention datasets.
  • Disseminate findings through reports, briefs, conference and community presentations, publications in academic journals.
  • Innovate in developing new projects and grant applications.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology or related field of study. ABD considered with completion date before January 1, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
  • Excellent training and experience with a range of study designs and statistical analysis approaches.
  • Background and/or demonstrated interest working in the community and with culturally diverse populations.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by December 1, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.


Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

The University offers:

Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.

Collaborative, Experiential Learning

Our students work closely with faculty, peers and members of the community on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

In and out of the classroom, our students learn by doing, whether they're collecting data in the field or putting theory into practice in a clinical setting.

The University of Denver Culture

Across the University of Denver’s many divisions, departments, and offices, supervisors are searching for new employees who strive to excel and innovate, prize integrity, and who value the opportunity to engage with the community.  The University is always looking for creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners who want to know more and do more.

At the University of Denver, our culture is steeped in ethics and social responsibility. As a result, our faculty and students represent a wide array of perspectives and enjoy the healthy dialogue that grows out of diversity. University of Maryland, Baltimore

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