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Post-Doctoral Associate in the Division of Science Psychology, Dr. Theodore Waters

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Division of Science at New York University Abu Dhabi is inviting applications for one fully-funded Post-Doctoral Associate position in the area of developmental psychology.

The position requires involvement in multiple longitudinal and experimental lab-based studies examining the development and impact of attachment bonds and/or autobiographical memory. The projects cover a diverse range of ages and levels of risk, as well as cultural contexts. Of major interest is the role of (1) attachment scripts (i.e. secure base script knowledge) and (2) the coherence of autobiographical narratives in behavior and psychological adjustment.

Successful candidates are expected to develop a productive and collaborative research program addressing questions related to how early experiences with caregivers (or personally significant events more generally) are represented in memory, how those representations change over time, and how they may impact behavior, cognition, or psychological adjustment.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in developmental or social psychology, or a related field. PhD holders with a strong publication record, a background in attachment theory, and experience with the Adult Attachment Interview, the Attachment Script Assessment, or narrative coding/natural language processing are encouraged to apply. Further, statistical expertise in structural equation modeling and analysis of longitudinal data is a plus as is experience with cross-cultural research focused on China or East Asia.

Applications will be accepted immediately. To be considered, all applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, statement of research interests, up to three representative publications, and three letters of reference, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email

The anticipated appointment starting date is Sept 1, 2024, with funding guaranteed for a term of two years and opportunity for renewal of the position for additional years following performance evaluation. Applications review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. The terms of employment include highly competitive salary, housing allowance, and other benefits.

 About NYUAD:

 NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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