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University of Iowa - Dept of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Iowa City, Iowa
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Oct 24, 2023

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications from innovative and visionary psychological scientists and neuroscientists who are committed to the research, mentoring, and teaching missions of our department. The successful applicant will have a productive, visible, and well-funded research program and a clear vision for achieving even greater future success. We are also interested in candidates who will build interdisciplinary connections with the Iowa Neuroscience Institute or other entities across campus. The position is at the rank of full professor and is open to candidates using experimental (human or non-human animal), theoretical, clinical, or computational approaches to address problems in any area within the field. This position includes a generous startup package and a named chair or professorship. Review of applications begins September 25, 2023, and continues on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position begins as early as August 2024.
The University of Iowa is a leading public university located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature with a high quality of life. This faculty position continues an extended period of departmental investment, highlighted by the recent completion of a new Psychological and Brain Sciences Building. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with basic and clinical scientists working in such areas as learning and plasticity, neural circuits, development, perception and cognition, cognitive control, sleep, and brain disorders. Our faculty contribute actively to the university’s large and vibrant neuroscience community that includes the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, an NIH-supported Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, a popular undergraduate major in neuroscience, and the NIH-funded iDream post baccalaureate program. The Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program, also supported by NIH, creates unique opportunities for integrative and cross-disciplinary research. The DeLTA Center brings together researchers interested in all aspects of learning and development. There are also growing groups of computational neuroscientists and psychiatrists across campus.
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. Department faculty have ongoing collaborations with colleagues in such departments as Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Biology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Computer Science, Health and Human Physiology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Public Health, and Otolaryngology. 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 houses research-dedicated 3T and 7T scanners), the Center for Neurodegeneration, the Central Microscopy Research Facility, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Injury Prevention Research Center, and the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics. REQUIREMENTS • A PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or closely related field. • An exceptional record of scholarship and external funding. • A productive and innovative research program. • A commitment to the research, mentoring, and teaching missions of the department. APPLICATION INFORMATION To apply, please visit the Jobs@UIowa website ( and enter requisition #74923. Materials are submitted electronically and include a letter of interest, CV, 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
Successful candidates will be required to disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct investigation, including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment, along with a related release. Successful candidates will also be subject to a criminal background and credential check. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.


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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