Opportunities

The Department of Psychology currently has two tenure track faculty positions and one postdoctoral position for which we are accepting applications. In addition there are several positions, paid and unpaid, available in our labs. 

Open Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor, Neural Mechanisms of Cognition and Behavior

The Department of Psychology at Emory University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2018.  We seek applicants to establish an independent, federally-funded program of research aimed at understanding mechanisms of cognition and behavior at biological and psychological levels with a goal of building on Emory’s strengths in behavioral, cognitive, affective, social, computational, developmental, and/or comparative neuroscience.  We also seek applicants with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.  Laboratory space for small animals as well as research facilities for humans (including a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner) are available.  Applicants whose research uses cutting-edge techniques in small animals and bridges to studies with humans are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Ph.D. required. Candidates should submit applications via Interfolio. Please include a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, two or three representative publications, and three letters of recommendation.  Please also include a brief statement in your cover letter that addresses past activities and future plans to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in your professional career.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, and applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration.  Emory University (Atlanta, GA) is a diverse community that values multiple perspectives and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Nonhuman Primate Behavioral Neuroscience 

Emory University, Department of Psychology and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of nonhuman primate behavioral neuroscience. Applicants of particular interest to us include: behavioral neuroscientists who focus on developmental behavioral genetics and work with large populations of nonhuman primates; primate behavioral neuroendocrinologists; primate neuroscientists who use large-scale neural recording and decoding technologies and/or MRI and PET; neuroscientists who manipulate brain activity using cutting-edge pharmacogenetic interventions, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or deep brain stimulation to inform on primate brain neural circuitry. This new hire would likely have synergistic interests with faculty from Psychology, Anthropology, and Yerkes studying social behavior, social determinants of health, stress, memory, decision-making, or other cognitive processes as well as neurobehavioral or developmental aspects of these processes. The department seeks a candidate with strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Ph.D. required. Candidates should submit applications via Interfolio. Please include a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, two or three representative publications, and three letters of recommendation.  Please also include a brief diversity statement in your cover letter that addresses past activities and future plans to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in your professional career.  We will begin reviewing applications Nov. 1, 2017, but applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration. Emory University (Atlanta, GA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Research Assistants

RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE

Fall 2017

Bauer Memory Lab at Emory University

The Bauer Memory Development Lab is interested in adding research assistants to a research team studying learning across languages in both traditional and dual-language classrooms. The research position begins in the fall and students earn 499 credit. The position then has the option to transition to a paid position in the spring. Students on this team will travel to NC for data collection during Spring Break. Therefore, students applying for this position must be available for all of Spring Break. Students should also be functionally fluent in Spanish. 

If interested, please submit the application (attached in this email) and email it to Alena Esposito at alena.esposito@emory.edu. Priority will be given to applications that are submitted by Friday, April 21st. Please contact Alena Esposito if you have questions. 

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!


RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE

Summer/Fall 2017

Spatial Cognition Lab at Emory University

The Spatial Cognition Lab in the Child Study Center at Emory University is looking for Research Assistants (RAs) to begin starting summer of 2017 and to continue into the fall. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credentials, a desire to continue education beyond the undergraduate degree, an interest in developing research skills in children’s cognitive development, and an ability to commit to our lab for approximately 10 hours/week for at least the next two semesters. Programming experience is beneficial but not required. This is not a paid position, but academic credit can be arranged.       

The Spatial Cognition Lab seeks to answer a variety of closely related questions. Here are some examples: How do humans represent our bodies in space? What is the relationship between abstract reasoning (e.g., mathematical ability) and spatial representation? Are children born with an ability to represent abstract relations, or does this ability develop over time? You can read about specific studies on our website: http://www.psychology.emory.edu/cognition/lourenco/lab/ 

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop research skills as an undergraduate, which is important if you are considering graduate school. If you think your qualifications and interests would be a good fit, send a resume to: ccheun4@emory.edu. Please include undergraduate courses taken in psychology and the grades you earned in those courses. If you are not a psychology major, please include any classes you have taken in related fields. Also, we would like to know why you are interested in working in the Spatial Cognition Lab. Please send all materials no later than May 3rd. We look forward to hearing from you.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Position in Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Brain Ark
Psychology Department
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Despite the advances in neuroimaging tools, they have not been widely applied to the brains of non-human animals. Apart from humans, non-human primates, rats and mice, almost no information exists about the connectivity of other species’ brains. For example, what is it in a tiger’s brain that makes it a tiger? Or in a bear’s brain that makes a bear? The relationship between brain and species is fundamental to understanding the evolution of the nervous system, and can illuminate sensory, motoric, and cognitive adaptations that help situate each species in its ecological niche. A postdoctoral position is available in the Canine Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Emory University. We are using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in opportunistically-acquired brain specimens of a wide range of mammals to construct a digital “Brain Ark.” The successful candidate will join a dynamic environment with a dedicated 3T research scanner, supercomputing cluster, and collaborations across multiple disciplines. Prior DTI experience is required, and a strong computational background is desirable. To apply for this position, please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/41710 AA/EOE.

For more information about the position, please contact directly:

Gregory S. Berns, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Psychology
Director, Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience

URLs:  brainark.org and www.neuropolicy.emory.edu
Email:  gberns@emory.edu

Volunteers

External Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
The Grady Trauma Project (located at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA) is now accepting applications for Fall semester and year-long volunteers.  

What is Grady Trauma Project?
The Grady Trauma Project is an NIH-funded research project that investigates the relative contributions of genetic and environmental risk factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a highly traumatized, low socioeconomic status minority population.  

What does volunteering for Grady Trauma Project entail?
Volunteers for the project are trained to conduct clinical interviews with participants on their trauma and psychological history, gaining unique clinical and research skills at the forefront of current trauma research.  In particular, volunteers will gain experience working directly with adults and/or children with a range of psychopathology, will develop critical clinical skills, and will be able to administer a number of widely used psychological assessment instruments with both chronic and acutely traumatized populations. Grady Trauma Project is the largest civilian trauma research project in the world, and we are looking for committed, organized and passionate volunteers to join our team. 

For more information and application instructions, please see our website: http://gradytraumaproject.com/volunteer/volunteer-application/