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Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Cognitive Neuroscience - Psychology

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Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Psychology
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

This position is part of a cluster hire initiative in Social & Health Policy.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for an open rank position in Cognitive Neuroscience to begin September 2023. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology or another relevant field (e.g., human neuroscience) and have a strong record of published research, external funding commensurate with their rank upon hiring, and interest or experience in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

We welcome applicants with expertise in, but not limited to, the following areas: neurodiverse populations, neurodegenerative disease, mental health, social-emotional, cognitive and behavioral functioning, chronic conditions, trauma, and/or prevention science. Additionally, candidates with expertise in psychophysiological research methodologies such as electrophysiological measurement (EEG/ERP), eye-tracking, neuroimaging (fMRI, fNIRS), and neuropsychological methods are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education. Consistent with our department values, we are especially interested in applicants whose work addresses the needs of underrepresented and underserved populations; reduces health, mental health, or educational disparities and promotes equity.

Responsibilities involve maintaining an active research program, including pursuing external funding, teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses, supervising theses/dissertations, and engaging in departmental and university service.

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest academic units on campus, with on-campus and online bachelor’s programs, master's programs, and a doctoral program in Applied Psychology and Prevention Science. UMass Lowell is close to major medical research facilities such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, UMass Medical School, and VA Bedford Hospital.  Additional information about the Department is available at

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) is the largest academic unit of the University, with 12 academic departments and over 230 full-time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 70 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and adding several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

This hire will be part of the University of Massachusetts Lowell hire of six tenure-track faculty members (various ranks) as part of our 2022-2023 Social & Health Policy cluster hiring initiative. As outlined in our values statement, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as a public higher education institution, recognizes its responsibility to serve the public good and immediate surrounding communities. Faculty in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are nationally and internationally recognized for research and work engaging some of the pressing social issues facing the world today, such as race equity, health, and education (for more information about UML FAHSS Research Centers, please visit the college website.) The FAHSS cluster hiring initiative marks an essential step towards our goal of increasing inclusive excellence by recruiting outstanding faculty across disciplines who share our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, impactful socially- and community-engaged research, student engagement and experiential learning, and institutional transformation.

Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley, and the Boston region are home to diverse communities. The historic city of Lowell, MA, is a gateway city that is a majority-minority city (20.9% Asian American, 17.9% Hispanic, 8% Black/African American). UMass Lowell has robust partnerships with the City of Lowell, Lowell Public Schools, health organizations, and many other local nonprofits and businesses. The Boston region is also home to a large number of potential research partners.

About University of Massachusetts Lowell:

UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing our students for work in the real world--solving real problems and helping real people--by providing an affordable high-quality education. US News and World Report ranks UMass Lowell among the top 200 research universities in the country, and our rankings have been consistently rising.  The university offers an excellent salary and benefits package.

UMass Lowell is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology or another relevant field (e.g., human neuroscience) and have a strong record of published research, external funding commensurate with their rank upon hiring, and interest or experience in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received. 

The appointment is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2023.

Please submit the following required documents with your application:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Cover Letter that describes the candidate’s qualifications and record of accomplishments
  • Research Statement describing research interests, accomplishments, future plans, and fundability of research (up to three pages)
  • Teaching Statement describing teaching philosophy, interest, and experience (up to three pages)
  • Diversity Statement that describes your commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity across scholarship, teaching, and service activities
  • Publications (three to five representative publications)
  • Names and contact information for three references will be required at the time of application. References will be contacted for a letter of reference immediately after application submission. References will be required to upload recommendation letters to our online portal; neither emailed nor hard-copy letters will be accepted. *Three letters of reference are required.

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