Assistant Professor of Psychology - Tenure/Tenure Track - 520891

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Alabama
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

204711 - Psychology

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama invites applications for an assistant professor of psychology. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 2024.

Detailed Position Information
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Alabama (UA), Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor of Psychology. We are seeking candidates working or planning to work in the area of the neuroscience of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), especially using one or more neuroimaging techniques (MRI, fMRI, Diffusion Imaging, MR Spectroscopy etc.). The anticipated start date for the position is August 16, 2024.

This position is part of the Department of Psychology and the Center for Innovative Research in Autism (CIRA). Under the auspices of the College of Arts & Sciences, the CIRA is a state-of-the-art research, training, education, and service facility that brings together investigators from diverse disciplines who share interest and expertise in autism. CIRA focuses on enhancing existing expertise in autism and NDD and building a diverse group of basic, clinical, and translational researchers at UA. The mission of CIRA is in facilitating interdisciplinary, innovative research on autism, providing research and training opportunities for faculty and students, and serving as a collaborative foundation for autism researchers.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of psychological sciences or neuroscience. We seek a candidate with an active research program who has the promise of securing extramural funding to support basic and translational research in autism. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborating with researchers from other disciplines and working in multi-disciplinary teams. The doctoral degree in Psychology or Neuroscience is preferred, but candidates with degrees in other related fields will be considered. As Assistant Professor in CIRA, the successful candidate will have an active research lab that involves both undergraduate and graduate students and will be expected to serve as primary advisor to students in the Psychology Department’s doctoral program. Successful candidates will also be expected to teach courses appropriate to their area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels and contribute to departmental and university service.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in a relevant area of psychological sciences or neuroscience

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have an active research program with the promise of securing extramural funding to support basic and translational research in autism. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborating with researchers from other disciplines and working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Visit the UA faculty jobs page for applying: The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities. To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation can be mailed directly to the search committee Chair, Dr. Rajesh Kana, Professor of Psychology, and Director of CIRA. Email: Available start date for this position is Fall 2024. For questions regarding the application process or to learn more about the position, you may contact Dr. Kana.

About the Division/College/School
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers an exciting and dynamic environment for faculty seeking to make an impact in their field and in the lives of the innovators and changemakers of tomorrow.

As the largest college at The University, we house over 8000 students and 1000 faculty and staff across our 25 departments.

With nationally recognized programs and award-winning faculty, our College has positioned itself as a leader in higher education. Our facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories, research centers, and performance venues, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for research and creative expression.

The College is committed to the liberal arts philosophy that fosters creative and critical thinking and a lifetime of learning.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 25 Sep 2023 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 01 Aug 2024 Central Daylight Time


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