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Developmental Psychologist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Developmental Psychologist
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170128
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Department of Psychology, within the College of Science (COS) at Virginia Tech, is seeking a tenure-track Developmental Psychologist (at the assistant professor level) who can add strength to the Developmental Science section of the department. The area of focus is open, though candidates should show evidence of scholarly distinction in typical or atypical development in infancy, childhood, and/or adolescence. Candidates with research programs that address decision-making and can contribute to the university wide-focus on the Adaptive Brain and Behavior (https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-brain.html) are particularly appealing. The Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area is focused on the transdisciplinary study of brain plasticity particularly as it pertains to decision making, physical and psychological trauma, and healthy development across the lifespan. Faculty are working together in this area to build understanding of the brain-behavior relationship in health and the human condition to enhance resilience and well-being in the world’s diverse communities. The successful candidate will be expected to grow an innovative research program, evidenced by a record of high-quality publications and external research support, combined with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate level education and mentorship. Virginia Tech is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices. As part of this commitment, Virginia Tech is actively seeking candidates with research programs that may intersect with issues involving diversity and inclusion. If applicable, candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letters how their research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to diversity and inclusion in higher education. More information is available at
http://www.inclusive.vt.edu/index.html.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field. Candidates will be expected to grow an innovative research program, evidenced by a record of high quality publications and external research support, combined with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate level teaching and mentorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates who can contribute to an overarching department initiative to enhance diversity and our understanding of diversity are particularly encouraged to apply.

Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech’s university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on the Adaptive Brain and Behavior.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Prof. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Psychology, 109 Williams Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Tel: (540) 231-0951, Email: jungmeen@vt.edu. Applications must be submitted online at http://listings.jobs.vt.edu (posting # TR0170128 ). The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Psychology
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 09/25/2017
Review Begin Date: 11/01/2017
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/79930

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
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