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Endowed Chair Position in the Depart. of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa

University of Iowa - Dept of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Iowa City, Iowa
Closing date
Oct 31, 2022

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

Job Details

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications to fill the Ketchel Family Chair. The successful applicant for this position will have a productive, visible, and well-funded research program that exemplifies an integrative approach to the study of behavior. The position is open to an associate or full  professor  who  uses  behavioral,  cognitive,  neurobiological,  developmental,  clinical,  social, biobehavioral, and/or computational approaches to understanding learning and behavioral change in humans or non-human species. The appointment includes a generous
startup package and an annual unrestricted research fund. Review of applications begins on October 3, 2022, and continues on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position begins as early as August 2023.

The University of Iowa is a leading public university located in Iowa City, a midsize community and UNESCO City of Literature with a high quality of life. This faculty position continues an extended period of departmental investment, highlighted most recently by the completion of the new Psychological and Brain Sciences Building. Our faculty are active contributors to the university’s vibrant neuroscience community that includes the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, an NIH-supported Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and a popular undergraduate major in neuroscience. The Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program, which is also supported by NIH, creates additional opportunities for integrative and cross-disciplinary research. The DeLTA Center brings together a campus-wide community of researchers interested in all aspects of learning and development.

There are extensive opportunities for collaboration with researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, and the College of Public Health. Departmental faculty have ongoing collaborations with colleagues in such departments as Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Biology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Computer Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Public Health, Otolaryngology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The university also supports a variety of institutes, centers, and facilities, including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, the Magnetic Resonance Research Facility, which includes research-dedicated 3T and 7T scanners, the Central Microscopy Research Facility, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Injury Prevention Research Center, and the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics.

To  apply,  please  go  directly  to  the  application  portal  or  visit  the  Jobs@UIowa  website ( and enter requisition #74531. Materials should be submitted electronically, including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of three significant papers, research, teaching, and diversity statements, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the department chair, Mark Blumberg, at

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.  The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.




The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences combines a long history of outstanding achievement with a modern commitment to interdisciplinary research. As the seventh oldest psychology department in the country, it has been home to such eminent psychologists as Kenneth Spence, Albert Bandura, and Leon Festinger. That tradition of research excellence continues today, reflected in part by the selection of its faculty members as recipients of many of our discipline's most prestigious awards. The department's commitment to research excellence is matched by a commitment to providing outstanding training in psychology for both undergraduate and graduate students. The graduate program reflects our strong belief in the importance of hands-on training in the discipline, scholarly productivity, and methodological rigor. Opportunities also abound for undergraduates who wish to become involved in research. Many of our faculty are affiliated with more than one departmental training area or research group. In addition, most faculty have strong ties with many other departments, centers, and programs across the university, including the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, the DeLTA Center, the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative, the College of Medicine, College of Business, College of Education, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and the Neuroscience Graduate Program. The department's intellectual life is enhanced by its location in downtown Iowa City, which achieves a rare blend of charm, fun, and safety, and provides a large variety of coffee-houses and restaurants within close walking distance. Iowa City and the University of Iowa also offer a rich cultural life, from live theater, music, and book readings downtown to bigger performances and exhibits at the Hancher Auditorium and other venues for the arts.

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