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Assistant Professor, Applied Cognitive Psychology

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Assistant Professor, Applied Cognitive Psychology



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Description of Work:

The Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is recruiting a tenure-track Assistant Professor in applied cognitive psychology who studies how cognitive principles impact human behavior in real-world settings. Potential areas of interest include but are not limited to applying cognition to the study of medical/health decision making, education, environmental behavior, human factors, human-machine interfaces, human-animal interactions, legal issues, national security/public safety, athletic performance, and cognitive mechanisms associated with mental health or substance use. Experience with EEG, fMRI, neurostimulation, virtual/augmented reality, or other techniques that go beyond behavioral approaches is welcome but not required for the position.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in psychology or related field.
  • Research experience in applied cognition.
  • Successful history of scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Evidence of impactful teaching in psychology or related areas.
  • Evidence of the ability to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience post-Ph.D.
  • Experience with research techniques such as EEG, fMRI, neurostimulation, virtual/augmented reality, or others that go beyond behavioral approaches.
  • Research interests complement current faculty expertise (e.g., attention/perception, spatial cognition, decision making, executive functions, and/or cognitive neuroscience).
  • Research interests that connect to existing multidisciplinary endeavors at UNL.
  • Successful history of external and/or internal funding.
  • Evidence of mentoring students in a research setting.
  • Teaching experience in the field of cognition.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job" and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Research statement.
  4. Teaching statement.
  5. A statement describing past and future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, and outreach/service.
  6. Up to three publications.
Please combine the statements (items 3, 4, and 5) into a single document and attach as “Other Document.” Use the “Online Portfolio” link to attach or link to the publications.

In addition, please arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to Jamie Longwell at [email protected].

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Jamie Longwell
[email protected]

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Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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