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Post-doctoral Scholar in Intergroup Relations
Indiana University
Psychological and Brain Sciences
Post-doctoral Position

Job Title: Post-doctoral Scholar in Intergroup Relations (PI: Dr. Kurt Hugenberg; co-PI: Victor Quintanilla) 


Company:  Indiana University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Position: Fellowships/Post-doc: Post-doctoral 

Salary Range: Competitive 

Lab Websites:,


The Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral scholar position. The post-doctoral fellow will work with Professors Kurt Hugenberg and Victor Quintanilla, as well as graduate and undergraduate students on new interdisciplinary, grant-funded projects using social psychological theory and methods in pursuit of social good.  These new research lines involve 1) understanding the role of stereotyping, prejudice, identity threat, and digital divides in legal proceedings and 2) using inter-group perspectives to understand causes and consequences of dehumanization. These projects are being funded by Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Science Foundation.  The postdoctoral scholar will also have the opportunity to develop their own projects.  Salary is competitive and aligns with NIH standards (  Start date is flexible and can begin as soon as Summer 2021.  

Desired qualifications include: 

  • a PhD in social psychology or related field;

  • statistical expertise including multilevel modeling; 

  • demonstrated evidence of research productivity and academic writing;

  • strong communication and interpersonal skills;

  • a passion for using psychological research in pursuit of social good; and 

  • willingness to learn and deploy novel research techniques.

Advantages of this position include: 

  • The ability to work in Bloomington, Indiana, within a vibrant and diverse community of social psychologists at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Center of Law, Society & Culture. 

  • Preparation for academic jobs through the supportive community of mentors and sponsors. 

  • The opportunity to conduct basic research that advances theory while also applying it to improving access to justice and increasing equity.

  • Mentoring from Professors Hugenberg and Quintanilla. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests and how they align with this position, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to Dr. Hugenberg ( . Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled and applications review will start May 1, 2021. 

More about Dr. Hugenberg’s research and lab can be found here:, and more about the Center for Law, Society & Culture can be found here:

Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This institution is also a provider of ADA services

Kurt Hugenberg
1101 E. 10th St.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Bloomington IN, 47405
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