Jobs in the Department of Psychology

Arizona State University  |  Department of Psychology  

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

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University 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.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


REACH Institute Assistant or Associate Research Professor
JOB# 10799   Posted 7/04/2014

The REACH Institute in the Department of Psychology at ASU invites applications for Assistant to Associate Research Professor in the broad area of prevention and implementation science. This position is a non-tenure eligible annual appointment with the possibility of annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Rank will be commensurate with experience. Anticipated start date is Fall of 2014.

This position will work closely with scientists at the institute on research topics linked to diffusion of innovations in prevention science to real-world delivery systems involving children and families across the lifespan. An emerging area of interest in the institute is cost-effective training of service providers in evidence based practices, design and redesign of interventions that are economically (time and money) feasible in real-world settings, strategies for promoting high fidelity and effective interventions in real-world settings, and methodological strategies for evaluating impact and improving performance in the context of quasi experimental research. 

Expertise and interests in any of the following foci of intervention and translational science are of interest: training and supervision in family-centered interventions, cultural adaptation, biosocial assessment strategies, economic valuation, or technological/digital approaches to diffusion and training. This position will facilitate new discoveries that will increase the potential for reaching large populations of children and families globally to prevent and treat mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and to promote behavioral health. The candidates program of research will be supported and integrated within the institutes’ overarching goals of promoting evidence based practices in real world settings such as public schools, WIC, Head Start, child welfare, and community mental health, pediatric care, family court and/or juvenile justice. Specific academic department affiliations are negotiable and dependent upon the candidate’s field of expertise.

The successful candidate will work within the ASU REACH Institute's highly effective group of prevention scientists in seeking funding and contracts in translational research with evidence-based interventions as well as pioneering innovative strategies for diffusion of innovation. The institute has a large portfolio of NIH, IES, and CDC funded translational research and is actively engaging with community stakeholders locally and globally in the innovation, cultural adaptation, uptake and diffusion of evidence-based practices for children and families. Opportunities are available to pursue innovative ideas and participate in an international network of researchers with common interests.

Candidate must have a PhD in a related field (e.g. behavioral, social, developmental, clinical/counseling, education or health science focus) and at least one year of postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated experience in writing research grants and experience in working with community groups to develop or implement evidence based prevention programs are desired.

To apply, please submit a CV, three recent publications, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference via email to Janna LeRoy, Applications will be reviewed beginning August 30th, 2014; if the position is not filled, review will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. In compliance with the Arizona Board of Regents’ policy, a background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University and the Department of Psychology encourage and support diversity among applicants and employees.


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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