Assistant Professor in Psychology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Psychology is in CSU’s College of Natural Sciences along with seven other departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. The Psychology Department serves approximately 1000 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students, with approximately 30 full-time faculty members distributed across five doctoral programs: (1) Applied Social and Health Psychology, (2) Cognitive Neuroscience, (3) Cognitive Psychology, (4) Counseling Psychology, and (5) Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The Department also houses the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, a University-designated program of research and scholarly excellence that concentrates on social problems that affect rural areas; and the Colorado Injury Control Research Center which is funded by CDC and is dedicated to reducing the occurrence and severity of injuries in rural areas of the Rocky Mountain region, particularly among underserved populations.

The Department is primarily housed in the Behavioral Sciences Building, a building that was completed in 2010 and was designed to meet LEED Gold Certification standards for environmental quality, innovative design, sustainability, and efficiency. The Behavioral Sciences Building includes office space for all full-time faculty and graduate students, meeting and seminar rooms, state-of-the-art classrooms, numerous lounge and study areas, and a café. The entire campus is wi-fi enabled, including all areas surrounding the buildings. Also included are faculty research laboratories in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and sensation and perception that have been designed to specification. An adjacent building includes additional research space, computer facilities, a brand new imaging center housing EEG and NIRS imaging labs, and undergraduate instructional laboratories. A 3T MRI is expected to arrive on the CSU campus in the 2018-2019 academic year. In total, the Department controls over 100,000 square feet of research, teaching, and office space. More information on the Department can be obtained on the Department’s website:

Position Summary

The Department of Psychology at Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Psychology. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2018. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in both teaching and research. We welcome candidates with a wide range of research expertise in human neuroscience research. Candidates should be able to teach undergraduate and graduate level coursework in biological psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and specialty courses related to their area of research interest and will also be expected to participate in the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate Neuroscience program at CSU.

Research and Laboratory Resources
The department houses the newly built Center for Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, which includes approximately 1000 square feet of laboratory space housing research and teaching equipment for a wide range of human neuroscience modalities, including several high density EEG systems, tDCS, eyetracking, and NIRS imaging. In addition, the university is investing in a multi-use 3T MRI facility in the new Translational Medicine Institute (under construction), with the scanner expected to come online during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Neuroscience Programs at CSU
Although the successful candidate will have a full-time appointment in the Department of Psychology, interaction with the undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs in Neuroscience at CSU is expected. For information on these programs, see the following websites: and

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

The successful candidate must research experience and a Ph.D. in Psychology or Neuroscience or related field or anticipate completing their Ph.D. by 06/30/2018.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Post-doctoral research experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a research focus that complements one of the areas of interest to the Department (e.g. aging, memory and/or dementia, addictions, cognition, and/or perception). The ideal candidate will also demonstrate expertise in one or more human neuroscience-related technologies or toolsets (e.g., functional MRI, anatomic neuroimaging, EEG, TMS, tDCS, fNIRS, computational neuroscience, neuropsychological assessments, etc.). Preference will be given to the candidate whose publication record is clearly and consistently related to use of these tools. Preferred candidates will demonstrate: (1) Evidence of an active, high quality research program with the clear potential for establishing an independent laboratory; (2) demonstrated ability to deliver high quality undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring; (3) Evidence of the capability to obtain external research funding; (4) Evidence of interdisciplinary research and (5) Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Although the area of specific research interest within neuroscience is open, successful candidates will be expected to be able to teach core curricular classes within the Department of Psychology, including Cognitive Neuroscience and/or Biological Psychology, and supervise laboratory courses in these areas.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, materials must be received by Monday, November 20, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit application material: cover letter, curriculum vitae, three reprints or preprints (accompanied by letter of acceptance), statement of research interest, and teaching interests and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and e-mail addresses for three referees to this posting. Immediately upon submission of the on-line application, referees will be sent an email with a link for submitting the letters of reference on-line. Reference letters must be received by Monday, November 27th, 2017 for an application to be considered complete. Additional information about the application process can be found on the department website. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Psychology.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Ginger Lacy-Gill 970-491-6363 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Research in the area of Neuroscience

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Instruction Duty/Responsibility

Instruction in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience, Biological Psychology, and other courses as required.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Service to department, college and university.