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Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Aug 25, 2021

The Department of Psychology in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cognition or Cognitive Neuroscience. The Department of Psychology is expanding the undergraduate Neuroscience major and graduate Neuroscience minor. We are looking for faculty who can enrich and expand existing cognition and neuroscience research. We invite applications from individuals who study cognitive processes and mechanisms using behavioral, computational, or neuroimaging techniques. The new hire will join a vibrant and diverse community of neuroscientists within the Department of Psychology who conduct a wide range of animal and human research. Information about the department and our undergraduate Psychology and Neuroscience programs, as well as our graduate programs is online at

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is the flagship university and the premier public research institute in the State of Tennessee. There are extensive opportunities for collaborations with members of the Neuroscience Network of East Tennessee (NeuroNET), National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The university has a 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Trio located at the UT Medical Center which is a 10-minute drive from the Department of Psychology.

Candidates should have a strong research record and enthusiasm for teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Position responsibilities include maintaining a productive research program, teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and directing graduate student research. The successful candidate will be expected to have either existing or strong potential for obtaining extramural funding.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. 

The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, thriving music scene (, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ( More information about Knoxville can be found at and



Applicants should have met all requirements for a Ph.D. prior to the start date, a strong research record, enthusiasm for teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, and strong potential for extramural research funding.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit their vita, research statement, representative publications, teaching statement, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation to Interfolio. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application by October 1, 2021 to ensure full consideration. The position will begin August 2022. Qualified applicants should have met all requirements for a Ph.D. by August 1, 2022.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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