Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

Closing Date: November 1, 2021

Contact: Committee chair, Dr. Alex Shackman (

Description: The Department of Psychology ( at the University of Maryland, College Park seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in cognitive neuroscience, employing human fMRI. Research interests may include (but are not limited to) aspects of higher cognition such as learning, memory, decision-making, affect, cognitive/executive control, language or social processing. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research builds strongly on mathematical or computational methods (e.g., Bayesian methods, big data, economic approaches, deep learning, predictive classifiers, psychoinformatics, social network analysis, computational statistics, neural networks, machine learning), including using computational methods to bridge different levels of analysis (behavioral, neural). Research programs designed to answer questions related to how brain function changes across the lifespan (e.g., development, aging) and/ or study brain function in health and disease (e.g., addiction, autism, Alzheimer's, anxiety) are welcome. The research plan should strengthen collaborative interactions between neuroscience and other disciplines within our department and possibly across other departments at UMD (e.g., biology, engineering, hearing and speech sciences, linguistics, computer science).


Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong publication record in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience and show promise for, or an established record of external funding. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a commitment to conducting open and reproducible research. Consistent with Departmental and University values, candidates should be committed to fostering diversity and inclusion through their approach to research, teaching, and mentoring. A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or related field is required at the time of appointment. The University of Maryland has a vibrant community of scholars conducting research in the area
of neuroscience. Candidates will have many opportunities to collaborate with scholars within
psychology and across multiple units, including the departments of Biology, Computer Science,
Engineering, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Family Sciences, Linguistics,
Kinesiology, Hearing & Speech Sciences, and African American Studies, and the University of
Maryland Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Education, and Social Work. Located in the
Washington DC metropolitan area, faculty benefit from an array of other resources including
close collaborative ties with neighboring institutions (e.g., Children’s National Medical Center;
National Institutes of Health; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Mental Illness
Research, Education and Clinical Center/Baltimore). In addition, the University of Maryland is
home to the new Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI), which is a centralized community of ~ 150
research scientists from a range of disciplines pursuing the common goal of bold, impactful
research on brain and behavior. By fostering excellence and innovation, and promoting collaborations between neuroscience and engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, cognitive sciences, and humanities, the BBI provides the platform for the elevation and expansion of campus neuroscience.

Application materials should be submitted no later than November 1, 2021 through and should include: a cover letter, CV, statement of current and future research interests and research philosophy, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (including evidence of teaching excellence, if available), and contact information for three references. Applicants should provide sample research manuscripts or journal articles in the Supplemental Document 1 field in eJobs. Because the Department of Psychology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and promoting inclusion across campus, materials should address how the candidate will contribute to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. In addition, the Department embraces the values of open and reproducible science, and candidates are encouraged to address how they have pursued and/or plan to pursue these goals in their work.

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