Assistant Professor of Psychology - Personality and Individual Differences


Open date: August 13th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service, and who can address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Personality and Individual Differences. We seek applications from individuals whose scholarship includes excellent research in any area of personality psychology; the scholarly significance and potential of a candidate’s research program is more important than their specific area of research.

As one of the country’s leading research institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, including (but not limited to) underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, and undocumented students. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized communities. The successful candidate will also have a track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clear vision of how their work at UC Davis will contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Candidates are requested to submit a statement describing (a) their track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as (b) their plans for future engagement (see for guidance and information about the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion). This statement will be carefully read as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.

Applicants must have a PhD by the time of appointment, an active research program relevant to the field of personality psychology, a strong commitment to quality teaching and mentoring, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the potential to attract (or an established record of attracting) extramural funding.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement describing their current research and future research goals, a teaching statement describing their experience as well as beliefs and practices related to effective teaching, and a statement outlining their past and planned efforts to contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of their academic community. The first round of review will focus on evaluating the research and diversity statements, which will be anonymized to reduce potential for bias based on identity. In addition, applicants should submit at least 3 letters of recommendation and up to 3 representative publications (or preprints). All application materials should be submitted electronically at:

The start date for this position is July 1, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Applications submitted by September 30th, 2021 will receive full consideration. Feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Richard W. Robins, at, with any questions about the search or position. The department and UC Davis are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about benefits, potential relocation to Davis, career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, and other resources for new faculty, please visit:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in a field of psychology or a related field - anticipated by July 1st, 2022

Preferred qualifications

  • Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in the discipline of psychology.
  • Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate (if applicable) activities
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that have been historically excluded from the academy through teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences
  • Willingness and interest to teach and advise undergraduates
  • Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor Ph.D. students
  • Evidence of communication and perspective-taking skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - The research statement should describe your research to date and future research goals.

  • Statement of Teaching - The teaching statement should describe your experience as well as beliefs and practices related to effective teaching.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in this statement will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested. Statements will be evaluated based on (1) past contributions to improving diversity and inclusion in education and/or research and (2) vision and plans for how the candidate’s work will continue to contribute to UC Davis’ mission to serve the needs of our diverse state and student population and create an inclusive campus.

  • Representative publication or preprint 1 (Optional)

  • Representative publication or preprint 2 (Optional)

  • Representative publication or preprint 3 (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are
    selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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Department of Psychology at California State University, Fresno - tenure-track Social/Personality Psychologist at the rank of Assistant Professor

The Department of Psychology at California State University, Fresno, is accepting applications for a tenure-track Social/Personality Psychologist at the rank of Assistant Professor. Here is a link to our vacancy announcement:

Post-Doc Position in Healthy Aging/Language Analysis (University of Arizona)

The Naturalistic Observation of Social Interaction Lab (Director: Matthias Mehl, Ph.D.) in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The full-time position is for one year, but renewable beyond that. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Dr. Mehl on a large interdisciplinary research project on Predictors of Healthy Aging. Members of the research team include, among others, neuroscientists, physicians, engineers, and computer scientists.

This postdoctoral fellowship will provide training at the intersection of language analysis, health psychology, aging research, and methods. Opportunities exist in a range of areas, including linguistic analysis (computerized text analysis), advanced statistical modeling (e.g., machine learning), and objective assessment of social behavior and cognition. Responsibilities include the management of the interdisciplinary research project (project communication, help with data collection and data management) as well as data analysis and preparing of publications.

Ideal candidates have a strong background in advanced statistical modeling, very good project management skills, very good familiarity with the programming language R, research interests in health psychology or aging, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to open science. Experiences with linguistic analyses are ideal but not required.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more.

Interested applicants can contact Matthias Mehl ( with any questions.

To apply, please submit your application (incl. CV, letter of interest, statement of research interests) at this website: and have two letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Mehl.

Research Associate - University of York, United Kingdom, full-time, 10 months fixed-term

JOB TITLE: Research Associate- University of York, United Kingdom, full-time, 10 months fixed-term




The position of a Research Associate has become available at the Hungry Mind Lab ( at the Department of Education at the University of York. The position is associated with a research project awarded by the Nuffield Foundation to Prof Sophie von Stumm. The project’s aim is to study the gene-environment interplay in children’s early life development, using longitudinal cohort study data. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative statistical skills. Flexible/remote working options are available. The post is for 10 months in the first instance, but may be extended depending on performance.


The Research Associate will have completed a PhD in psychology, genomics or a related discipline with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis. S/he will be trained in data use and advanced statistical analysis for this role. The Research Associate will (a) lead on preregistering data analyses; (b) conduct statistical analyses on the gene-environment interplay; (c) prepare manuscripts for publication; and (d) present the findings at meetings and conferences. Prof Sophie von Stumm will supervise, support and mentor the Research Associate in all tasks.

 Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • The Research Associate will have completed a PhD in psychology, genomics or a related discipline with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis. 
  • The successful candidate should have knowledge of advanced quantitative statistical analysis and child development research.
  • The successful candidate will have experience with relevant software tools (e.g. R, SPSS, STATA), writing up research for publication, and with developing and conducting research ideas and projects.
  • Please see full details on the main qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience essential to the post in the ‘person specification’ document 

To apply, please click here

Any questions, please email Prof Sophie von Stumm on

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