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Tenure-track Positions in Learning & Neuroplasticity

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa is embarking on a multi-year effort to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions in Learning and Neuroplasticity. We invite applications from candidates with outstanding research records and exceptional promise who study humans or non-human animals to understand the processes and mechanisms of behavioral, cognitive, or affective change using behavioral, neurobiological, physiological, or computational methods. Potential candidates may identify principally with a traditional psychological sub-discipline or may adopt an inherently interdisciplinary perspective; candidates from allied fields (e.g., robotics, computer science, education) are also encouraged to apply. We are focusing these hires at the rank of assistant and associate professor, and candidates must have records of research productivity and external funding commensurate with their level of experience. In addition, successful candidates are expected to teach courses (graduate and undergraduate) in the department. Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 8, 2018. Successful applicants must have received their PhD before the semester in which the appointment is to begin.

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is experiencing a period of vigorous growth and enhancement, including construction of a new building containing laboratories, classrooms, meeting spaces, and offices. In addition, the University of Iowa is making substantial new investments in neuroscience—already a large community with more than 100 faculty members across five colleges and 26 departments—including the recent founding of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the creation of a new undergraduate major in neuroscience. The university-wide DeLTA Center brings together a vibrant community of researchers interested in all aspects of learning and development. There are also extensive opportunities for collaboration with other researchers across campus, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (e.g., Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science), the Carver College of Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Genetics, Otolaryngology), the College of Education, and the College of Public Health. The university also supports a variety of state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Iowa Magnetic Resonance Facility, which includes 3T and 7T scanners, the Central Microscopy Research Facility, and the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics.

To apply, please visit the electronic submission website at and refer to requisition 71459. Materials should be submitted electronically, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, selected scholarly papers and email contact information for three letters of recommendation.

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Professional/Technical Positions

There are no open positions at this time.


Teaching Assistant Positions

The Psychology Department sometimes has TA positions available each semester for graduate students from other departments. Most of these positions are full half-time positions (nominally 20 hours/week) for freshman- and sophomore-level courses (see list below). These positions typically involve attending two one-hour lectures each week, leading four one-hour discussion sections (30 students per section), holding office hours, proctoring exams, attending a weekly TA meeting, and grading papers and other written assignments.

We occasionally also have quarter-time TA positions available (nominally 10 hours/week) for junior- and senior-level courses. These positions typically involve attending three 60-minute or two 90-minute lectures each week, holding office hours, proctoring exams, and grading papers and other written assignments.

To apply, send a cover letter listing the classes for which you are qualified, a CV (including relevant coursework), and a list of 2-3 references to our Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Prof. Julie Gros-Louis. These materials can be sent in paper form to Julie Gros-Louis at W311 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1407, or in electronic form to (questions may also be sent to this e-mail address). To receive full consideration, you should apply by June 15th for the Fall semester and by November 1st for the Spring semester. If it looks likely that we will need someone with your background, you will be contacted for an interview, typically 2-8 weeks before the beginning of the semester. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge of the subject matter for a particular course, their previous teaching-related experience, and their communication abilities. Appointments are generally for a single semester.

TAs are most often needed for the following courses:

  • 031:001 Elementary Psychology
  • 031:012 Introduction to Brain and Behavior
  • 031:013 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • 031:014 Introduction to Child Development
  • 031:015 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • 031:016 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

TAs are also sometimes needed for these courses:

  • 031:043 Evaluating Psychological Research
  • 031:114 Cognitive Development of Children
  • 031:118 Infant Development
  • 031:120 Experimental Psychology I
  • 031:121 Experimental Psychology II
  • 031:126 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • 031:128 Psychopharmacology
  • 031:130 Psychology of Thinking
  • 031:133 Sensation & Perception
  • 031:134 Cognition & the Brain
  • 031:140 Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
  • 031:141 Loss & Trauma
  • 031:163 Abnormal Psychology
  • 031:166 Childhood Psychopathology
  • 031:170 Behavior Modification

The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.