Assistant Professor of Psychology – Computational Cognitive (Neuro)Science


University of California, Davis


Salary range: “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay ( i.e., a salary that is higher than the published systemwide salary at the designated rank and step), are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $102,000 – $133,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.


Open date: September 6, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Computational Cognitive (Neuro)Science. We seek applicants who primarily identify as a cognitive scientist whose research integrates the strengths of one or more of the department areas. Example topics include computational approaches to understanding memory, affect, decision making, action, attention, or perception. We welcome candidates who examine these domains as they relate to higher cognitive functions (e.g., representations, categories, concepts) and complex real-world behaviors (e.g., language, music). Candidates who use theoretically-motivated computational modeling to understand development and change (e.g., across the lifespan) or individual differences, especially as a function of cultural background or context, are of particular interest.As one of the country’s leading research institutions, and an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from student communities historically excluded from higher education, including (but not limited to) individuals marginalized due to their race or ethnicity, LGBTQIA+ status, veterans, individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation scholars, and undocumented students. In addition to being exceptional scholars, successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized communities. The successful candidate will also have a track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of individuals historically excluded from higher education, and a clear vision of how their work at UC Davis will contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

Applicants are required to submit a research statement describing their research to date and future research goals, and a contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement describing (a) their track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as (b) their plans for future engagement (see for guidance and information about the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion). The DEI statement will be carefully read as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.

The first round of review will focus exclusively on the research statement and the DEI statement. We will anonymize both statements to reduce potential for bias based on an applicant’s identity, including their mentor(s) and university affiliations. In addition, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement describing their experience as well as perspectives and practices related to effective teaching, up to three representative publications (or preprints), and names and contact information for at least three individuals who
may be asked to submit letters of recommendation. All application materials should be submitted electronically at:

The start date for this position is July 1, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2023 for full consideration. Applications submitted after this date may not be considered. If you have any questions about the search or position, feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Petr Janata (, or any member of the search committee: Dr. Erie Boorman (, Dr. Joy Geng (, Dr. Andrew Fox (, Dr. Lindsay Bowman (, Dr. Jingwen Zhang (, or Yicong (Alan) Zheng ( .

The department and UC Davis are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about benefits, potential relocation to Davis, career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, and other resources for new faculty, please visit:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in psychology (or related field) or anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2024.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

· Evidence of scholarship, teaching, and leadership relevant to successful research and teaching in the discipline of psychology
· Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities
· Track record of and plans for future contributions to research, teaching, and/or service activities addressing the
needs of individuals historically excluded from higher education
· Demonstrated ability or potential to develop curriculum and instruct undergraduate and graduate students
· Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor undergraduate students
· Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor Ph.D. students
· Evidence of communication and perspective-taking skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus, and professional citizenship


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research – The research statement should describe your research to date and future research goals.
  • Statement of Teaching – The teaching statement should describe your experience as well as beliefs and practices related to effective teaching.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Authorization to Release Information Form – A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:
  • Representative reprint or preprint 1 (Optional)
  • Representative reprint or preprint 2 (Optional)
  • Representative reprint or preprint 3 (Optional)
  • Cover Letter – Can describe how you believe your research area complements the department, why you are interested in UC Davis, and/or any extenuating circumstances you would like the committee to consider when evaluating your application.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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