Jobs in the Department of Psychology

Arizona State University  |  Department of Psychology  

Post-doctoral Training Position, Research Training in Drug Abuse/HIV Prevention: Closing the Research-Practice Gap Posted 6/18/15

ASU's Department of Psychology and its REACH Institute invite applications for a NIDA-funded T32 post-doctoral training program focusing on closing the research-practice gap in drug abuse and HIV prevention. Training is delivered through individually-tailored programs of coursework in drug abuse, HIV, and implementation science and through mentored research experience. Trainees select multiple mentors from a large and multidisciplinary faculty whose work includes preventive interventions with children and families in settings including schools, health care, community mental health settings, and family courts. Emphases include implementation science for the adoption and sustainability of preventive interventions in natural service delivery settings; interventions for ethnically diverse populations; and quantitative methods in prevention science. Training is for a two-year period. For further information, visit the T-32 home page and the REACH Institute.

TO APPLY: interested candidates should electronically send a vita, statement of research and training goals, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 July 2015 and continue until positions are filled.

ASU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.    

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Microbiome, Evolution & Behavior
JOB# 11058  Posted 12/31/14

The Department of Psychology at ASU invites applications for a Postdoctoral scholar in Microbiome, Evolution and Behavior. A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Athena Aktipis’s lab for individuals with a PhD in Biology, Psychology or related discipline to work on the role of the microbiome (and biome) in health and human behavior using an evolutionary approach.  There has been recent rapid progress in our understanding of the importance of the microbiome in human health and the role of the gut-brain axis in shaping cognitive and behavioral predispositions.  This position will use experimental and modeling approaches to investigate the evolutionary pressures and proximate mechanisms shaping human-microbe interactions including addressing questions such as (1) Does the microbiome directly or indirectly influence human eating preferences? (2) Are taste/smell perception and the disgust response influenced by the microbiome? (3) Are human social behaviors and mating behaviors influenced by the microbiome?  To be eligible for these positions, applicants must have training in evolutionary biology and methodological expertise in human laboratory experiments and/or microbiome analysis. Other desired qualifications include training in statistical analysis and computational modeling.

Scholars will be part of a highly interdisciplinary research team in Dr. Aktipis’ lab and also be part of a larger community of interdisciplinary researchers at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology, the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and the Center for Evolution and Medicine. The Department of Psychology on the Tempe campus is among the largest and most popular departments at ASU. Interactions among faculty and students across the department are central to a variety of ongoing research and educational programs. These interactions allow our faculy  to grow their expertise in both teaching and scholarship. Faculty and students are actively involved with a number of other centers, institutes, and research groups on campus that promote transdisciplinary approaches to issues of local and national significance, affording outstanding research and training experiences that extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Psychology is a hub department that makes an important contribution to the advancement of ASU as a leader of knowledge generation and utilization.

To apply, please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials: 1) a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of current research interests and expertise (2 page maximum), 4) two letters of reference, and 5) one peer-reviewed publication. Please include “Application for Microbiome, Evolution and Behavior Postdoctoral Scholar JOB#11058 in the email subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015; if not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

ASU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.    



ASU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For other jobs at ASU, please visit the university's employment page: Jobs at ASU.


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