Open-Rank Position at the Department of Psychology, Bilkent University

Bilkent University
Ankara (TR)
Internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications + free housing and other benefits
Closing date
Nov 5, 2021

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Graduate School or University
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time

Job Details

Bilkent University invites tenure-track faculty applications (rank open) in the Department of Psychology. The university’s strategic plan includes an expansion of the psychology department ( Accordingly, we seek applications from promising or established scholars in all areas of psychology (social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience). Those with interdisciplinary approaches to studying psychology, bridging different subfields are particularly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications and Responsibilities: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in psychology or a related discipline, and should have an excellent publication record (requirements vary with rank). A demonstrated ability or the potential to secure external research funding will be a strong advantage. Faculty members are expected to maintain productive research programs. Successful applicants will teach 2 courses per semester (with no teaching requirement during summers, and a possibility of reduced teaching in the first year of appointment), and supervise Ph.D., Master’s, and senior thesis students.

Appointment: The full-time appointments will begin in September 2022 (negotiable). Salary will be internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The language of instruction in Bilkent is English. The Psychology Department serves around 350 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students and strives for excellence in teaching and world-class research. The Department and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience ( offer Master’s and Ph.D. programs. For 5 consecutive years, each newly admitted Psychology major has scored in the top 6% or higher on the national university entrance exam. The Department has newly renovated research laboratories, as well as access to the university’s state-of-the-art facilities, which include a 3 Tesla MRI scanner, animal research center, and EEG equipment.

Bilkent is located in Ankara, Turkey’s metropolitan capital with daily direct flights to Istanbul and other major European cities. Bilkent University provides faculty members and their families with free housing, access to private health insurance, International Baccalaureate schooling options for dependents, and other benefits.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit

1) a cover letter
2) CV
3) research statement
4) teaching statement
5) pdf copies of 3 representative publications; and
6) contact information for 3-5 professional references

The review of applications will commence on October 29, 2021. Applications after this date will be considered only if the position is not filled. Applications will not be considered after April 1, 2022. Applications can be submitted through the application portal ( For more information regarding the Psychology Department and Bilkent University, please visit the following websites:


Bilkent University was founded on October 20, 1984 by Ihsan Dogramaci, through the joint resolution of Ihsan Dogramaci Education Foundation, Ihsan Dogramaci Science and Research Foundation and Ihsan Dogramaci Health Foundation. The establishment of this private university was later approved by an act of Parliament. The aim was to create a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent”‘ exemplifies the founder’s aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti” in Turkish for “city of science and knowledge.” Currently there are about 13,000 students in 9 faculties and 2 four-year professional schools. Among them are foreign students from different countries. With funds from the endowments provided by the founder, the university each year awards scholarships to 47% of the student body. To promote the enrichment of teaching and research programs, Bilkent University entered into collaborative projects and exchange programs with many universities abroad. Bilkent has student exchange agreements with universities from countries such as Australia, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. The faculty is comprised of an academic staff from around 40 different countries. Most of them were working in prominent universities in North America and Europe when they received offers from Bilkent University. According to ISI Citation Indexes, Bilkent ranks high in Turkey and internationally in number of published papers per faculty member. Bilkent University ranks 28th in Times Higher Education’s 100 Under 50 list of the world’s best young universities
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