Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at WFU

Winston Salem, North Carolina
> 40k per year
May 03, 2021
Jun 02, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

The Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow (TSPF) position to begin July 1, 2021. Candidates should possess a PhD in a psychology or neuroscience-relevant field. Ideally, we seek candidates who have experience teaching undergraduates. The successful candidate will teach biopsychology, neuroscience laboratory sections, and/or other psychology and neuroscience related courses. 

This position will involve both teaching as well as conducting research in a neuroscience lab. One possible research opportunity includes participating in Dr. Terry Blumenthal’s human psychophysiology lab with undergraduate students as the primary participants, although other groups may also be available. Measures include facial EMG, ECG, EDA, HRV, reaction time and task performance accuracy, and self-report. Topics that could be investigated include cognition, attention, and memory, sensory processing, response inhibition, facilitation, and habituation, emotion, anxiety, personality, psychopharmacology, social interaction, subconscious processing, and some clinical conditions. Another possible research opportunity includes participating in Dr. Christian Waugh’s affective neuroscience lab investigating positive emotions and emotion regulation using behavioral and fMRI methods. 

Teaching postdocs are a vital part of our academic community and are mentored and trained in teaching and research.  This is a 12 month, full-time, non-tenurable appointment that is subject to 1 year renewal.

Review of applications will begin on May 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a 1) a cover letter stating your interest in the position,  2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement, 4) a description of your research interests, and 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, in a single PDF document. Confidential letters of recommendation (one of which should address teaching potential) should be requested to be submitted to wakejobs@wfu.edu.  Submit online applications here. Address questions about the position and application process to lackak@wfu.edu. 

While online applications are preferred, if access to the internet is a challenge, a paper copy of the application can be mailed to the Department of Psychology, Box 7778, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Additional information: Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,200 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 2,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.


Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals, and an active biomedical research community. Ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on a national survey, Winston-Salem is less than an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and less than 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean. Other prominent universities are approximately 90 minutes away in the Research Triangle area.