Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Psychology at Rice University

Rice University
Houston, Texas
Salary (TBD) + benefits (medical, dental, eye)
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

Job Details

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University (Houston, Texas) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in psychology to begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will join the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Research Interest Group (RIG), an interdisciplinary group of faculty who study cognition and emotion and their immunological, psychophysiological, and neural correlates.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to capitalize on the resources, patient populations, and cross-disciplinary opportunities associated with Rice’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center. Candidates with research interests that complement and bridge those of area faculty (e.g., language, memory, emotion, emotion regulation, aging, neuroplasticity, health psychology/behavioral medicine, psychoneuroimmunology) are especially encouraged to apply.

Research interests that span other areas of the Department of Psychological Sciences and other university-wide initiatives are also of interest. The Department of Psychological Sciences trains doctoral students in cognitive and affective neuroscience, health psychology, human-computer interaction and human factors, and industrial-organizational psychology. Rice has launched several University-wide initiatives in recent years that provide a rich interdisciplinary intellectual environment for the successful candidate, including the Neuroengineering Initiative (https://neuroengineering.rice.edu), the Data Science Initiative (https://datascience.rice.edu), and BRIDGE (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity, https://bridge.rice.edu).

The position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, human development, cognitive science). Faculty are expected to develop a productive research program; secure external funding; teach courses that contribute to the undergraduate psychology program and the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience graduate program, the Cognitive Science major, the Neuroscience interdisciplinary undergraduate majors, and/or the Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine graduate program; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; and provide service to the field and the department.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. In 2021, the Department of Psychological Sciences was ranked 6th in Best Colleges for Psychology in America by Niche. More information about the department is available on our website: https://www.psychology.rice.edu.

We encourage everyone to apply, especially those individuals who have been historically underrepresented in academia: people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and people of any age or family status. We strive to actively counter prejudice and to create a working environment that is inclusive and equitable.

Early applications are encouraged. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should use the application portal here (https://apply.interfolio.com/94126) to provide (1) a cover letter, (2) a vita, (3) a research statement, (4) a teaching statement including evidence of teaching effectiveness, (5) a description of how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Rice through your teaching, research, and service, (6) three representative reprints, and (7) three letters of recommendation.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. Rice University Standard of Civility serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.


Rice University is a highly selective institution located in Houston, TX, with outstanding opportunities for collaboration within Rice and with researchers at the adjacent Texas Medical Center (http://www.tmc.edu/), the largest medical center in the world. The Texas Medical Center provides access to research-dedicated imaging facilities and patient populations. Rice is located in Houston, Texas, the 4th largest city in the US. Houston is a dynamic, multicultural city with an affordable cost of living. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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