The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position examining evolutionary social psychological processes in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Neuberg. The laboratory integrates evolutionary theory with social-cognitive and intergroup frameworks to understand better a wide range of phenomena, including stereotyping and prejudices, obesity stigma, threat perception, motivated social-cognitive biases, religion’s effects on intergroup conflict, female sociality, and the effects of physical and social ecologies on social perception and behavior. One new direction takes a life history approach to explore the effects of discrimination and stigma on health-related behaviors and outcomes. Research includes laboratory, survey, and archival work using both experimental and correlational designs.
We seek a highly motivated and talented candidate to work closely and collaboratively with Dr. Neuberg and his graduate and undergraduate students. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field by the time of appointment, academic exposure to evolutionary theory, strong quantitative skills, excellent oral and written communication abilities, high degree of self-motivation, and evidence of research productivity. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in evolutionary psychology and intergroup relations processes, grant-writing experience, and a proven publication record; an interest in health outcomes would be a plus. Responsibilities include grant writing and submission, development and implementation of research designs, project oversight, data analysis, co-authoring manuscripts with Dr. Neuberg and students, and co-mentorship of undergraduate students. Ongoing collaborations exist with researchers within the Department of Psychology and with other centers and departments across campus, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will engage such collaborations and facilitate additional ones.
The successful candidate will receive substantive training in evolutionary psychology, social cognition, intergroup processes, and relevant methods; will engage with a highly collaborative, productive lab that has had great success placing its graduates into tenure-track faculty positions; and will work within a highly interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial university with a strong representation in evolutionary approaches to behavior in Psychology, the Center for Evolution and Medicine, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Social Insect Research Group in the School of Life Sciences, etc. To aid in professional development, the successful candidate will allocate 20% effort to independent research and manuscript preparation. The position will provide two years of funding, with the possibility of a third year by mutual agreement. Salary will follow NIH postdoctoral salary standards, commensurate with experience.
To apply, please submit, in a single pdf document, the following: (a) a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications for the position, (b) a curriculum vitae, and (c) the names and contact information for at least three professional references to Dr. Steven Neuberg (email@example.com). The initial deadline for receipt of applications is June 15, 2017, and the job could begin as early as August 1, 2017; however, if not filled, review of complete applications will continue until the position is closed. A background check is required for employment.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX.