Jobs in the Department of Psychology

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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.

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Evolution & Behavior JOB# 11058  (Posted 12/31/14.)
NOTE: The cooperation theory position is currently open; the microbiome post-doc has been filled (effective 9/10/15).
The Department of Psychology at ASU invites applications for a Postdoctoral scholar in Evolution and Behavior. A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Athena Aktipis’ 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. Read More.

Postdoctoral Fellow, INSTITUTE FOR THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING & LEARNING (Posted 11/16/15.) 

NOTE: the position listed below is not in the Department of Psychology although the successful candidate will be working with Dr. Danielle McNamara who is a tenure track faculty member in the Department.

The Institute for the Science of Teaching & Learning at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Science of Learning and Educational Technologies (SoLET) Laboratory. The postdoctoral fellow will be working on projects funded by the NSF, NIH, and IES, to develop natural language processing indices and tools, and conduct analyses on data collected from tutoring technologies and corpora collected from various sources. The candidate should have experience in learning analytics, data mining, or computer science. The ideal candidate will have experience in all three domains as well as natural language processing. Candidates who are not fully trained in techniques related to natural language processing will receive training during the fellowship to learn these techniques, but some background knowledge in the area of linguistics or language is necessary. The candidate may also participate in designing studies involving computer-based tutoring systems for literacy, with tasks including experimental design, materials development, data analysis, data mining, personnel management, and participant recruitment.

Qualifications: Must have earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, linguistics, computational linguistics, learning sciences, education, or in a related field within the past four years. The candidate should also have a solid publication record, experience leading or managing grant-funded projects, and good interpersonal skills. Finally, the candidate should have demonstrable interests in research related to learning and cognitive sciences, such as natural language processing, learning analytics, intelligent tutoring, educational technology, educational games, reading and writing processes, learning strategies, and/or knowledge and skill acquisition.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: $50K annually

Please submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. Danielle S. McNamara ( For information on current lab projects, visit

Other Information: 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. Please see Arizona State University's complete non-discrimination statement


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

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