The Department of Psychology at Princeton University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior position. Applicants should have a PhD degree (or expect to receive a PhD degree by September 1, 2022) in Psychology or allied fields (e.g., Neuroscience, Education, Sociology) with an interest in conducting research on human emotion.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work with Dr. Erik Nook in his lab set to launch July 2022. The lab's research will integrate behavioral, developmental, psycholinguistic, and neuroscientific approaches to advance both basic and translational understanding of human emotion. Responsibilities will include working with large datasets, collecting new data (potentially using behavioral, developmental, online, web scraping, and/or fMRI methods), processing data (e.g., preprocessing linguistic and/or fMRI data), running advanced statistical models, visualizing data and results, writing manuscripts, presenting research, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers. Expertise in any or all of these skills is not required. However, familiarity with some of these approaches is preferred, as specific research projects will emerge through collaborative conversations that extend both the Postdoctoral Associate and Dr. Nook's programs of research. To learn more about potential areas of synergy, please refer to the research questions described on Dr. Nook's website (

The position is offered for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. In addition to the aforementioned project, the appointee will have opportunities to develop additional projects with members of Dr. Nook's lab. The position will start on or around July 2022. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Salary will be in accordance with NIH guidelines.

Applicants must apply online at and submit the following documents: (i) a cover letter, (ii) a C.V., (iii) a research statement, (iv) 1-2 research papers, and (v) names of two referees who can provide letters upon request. The cover letter should focus on the applicant's academic and technical training (i.e., research and academic training so far, current technical skills, postdoctoral training goals, and how the current postdoctoral position will allow applicants to reach these goals). The research statement should focus on the applicant's research (i.e., the core research questions within the applicant's scholarly focus, a synthesis of projects completed so far, and potential future directions of research). Applicants are welcome to include other information in these documents if they deem it relevant. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to submissions received before February 1st, 2022.