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Assistant Professor of Psychology, emphasis in Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Psychology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech seeks outstanding scholars for tenure-track faculty positions in Cognitive Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience, broadly defined, to begin Fall 2024.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic and growing community of scholars focused on research questions at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience at Virginia Tech. This reflects a major investment in recent faculty hires and research infrastructure across the Department of Psychology, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, School of Biomedical Engineering, School of Neuroscience, and Center for Human Neuroscience at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion.

The candidates will be expected to establish an externally funded research program, mentor graduate trainees, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental service.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, bringing talent, experience and insights from multiple perspectives to solve the most pressing challenges in the psychological sciences. Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT- serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community(, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

A completed application will include the following:

(1) a cover letter
(2) curriculum vitae
(3) a statement of research interests
(4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy of teaching
(5) a diversity statement discussing any previous activities aimed at expanding diversity and/or mentoring of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, or members of other underrepresented or marginalized groups (e.g., supporting the LGBTQIA+ community), as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech's commitment to build a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment (,
(6) three publications that they are most proud of, either 1) published, 2) under review, 3) or in preparation
(7) names and contact information for three references.

Required Qualifications

Potential candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a closely related field by the appointment start date.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience 

Review Date

October 5, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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