Assistant Professor of Psychology - Biological Bases of Behavior

Psychology Department, Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 30, 2021

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Undergraduate College
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time

The Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in the area of biological bases of behavior beginning July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a rigorous program of high-quality research that integrally involves the contributions of undergraduate students. Research interests across the discipline are welcome and may include human subjects research, vertebrate or invertebrate models, or computational approaches. The ideal candidate will have a research program that intersects with one or more other areas of focus in the Psychology Department: Social, Educational/Developmental, Abnormal/Personality, or Cognitive. We also seek candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate education who will contribute to the department’s core courses of introduction to psychology, statistics, or research methods and to the Program in Neuroscience and Behavior. The candidate will also develop intermediate-level courses in biological bases of behavior, and upper-level laboratory and seminar courses in their area of expertise. The teaching load is 4 courses per year.

Mount Holyoke supports faculty scholarship through competitive start-up funds, travel support, internal grants, and a generous sabbatical policy. Laboratory spaces are available to accommodate research, including newly-renovated spaces for mammalian and non-mammalian model organisms. Mount Holyoke also offers a comprehensive faculty mentoring program and invests in faculty across their career span. All candidates should have a doctorate at the time of application; postdoctoral experience is preferred. 

Applications must be made online at by submitting a cover letter, a CV, and statements on the following: (1) teaching philosophy, (2) research plans, and (3) mentoring a diverse student body. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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