Assistant Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of California, San Diego, Social Sciences - Cognitive Science
United States

Assistant Professor - in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Social Sciences - COGNITIVE SCIENCE



Open date: November 19th, 2018
Last review date: December 18th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

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.


We invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in the Cognitive Science Department (


We are looking for candidates who specialize in human developmental science and have made independent, original research contributions in this area. We are especially interested in scientists who take an interdisciplinary perspective and apply integrative approaches aimed at bridging levels of analysis. These levels might combine cognitive-behavioral, socio-cultural, neural systems, genetic, epigenetic, molecular, and/or computational investigations of developmental phenomena. The successful candidate will be expected to lead an independent research program and supervise trainees at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students.


The Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego boasts a broadly interdisciplinary faculty that has experienced substantial, rapid growth in recent years. The department places a strong emphasis on teaching and undergraduate education. Since the Fall of 2014 the number of enrolled undergraduates in the department has grown from 600 to nearly 2200, in large part because Cognitive Science faculty have spearheaded new majors or concentrations in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Design, and Data Science - the latter two of which are affiliated with new research centers.


Cognitive Science faculty have research interests in a diverse set of phenomena, including affect, cognitive development, creativity, decision making, individual differences, executive function, gesture, language, learning and memory, math, music perception, vision, reasoning, and social interaction. We often combine multiple methodological and theoretical approaches, including behavioral neuroscience, comparative cognition, computational epigenomics, computational neuroscience, control theory, data science, electrophysiology, experimental psychology, eye tracking, field work, genomics, image processing, linguistic methodologies, machine learning, neuroimaging, and psychophysics.


The preferred candidate will have strong evidence of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to participate in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to excellence in a diverse and inclusive academic environment.


To apply for the tenure-track Assistant Professor position: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in their area of expertise.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise trainees at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate levels, in developmental science courses and/or topics related to their area of expertise in a cognitive science department, and to conduct extramurally funded research. An interdisciplinary, collaborative perspective and experience with multiple methodologies is highly valued. Candidates applying at the rank of Assistant Professor should submit, via online application to, (a) a short cover letter describing background and interests, (b) vita, (c) research statement, (d) teaching statement, (e) reprints of up to four representative publications, (f) personal statement summarizing their contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity and leadership (, and (g) a minimum of three letters of reference, (provide name, title, address and email). Evidence of other creative work may also be submitted (optional).


Appointments will begin July 1, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales.


Review of applications will start on December 18, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.


UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity and to addressing dual career issues All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.



San Diego, CA



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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize quality of teaching in classroom and student mentoring.

  • Documentation of Teaching Evidence - Examples: links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, on-line instructional segments, or reprints of any scholarly articles with a pedagogical focus.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publications - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles (provide links or attach PDFs).

  • Other Creative Work - Provide videos, demos or press coverage of other creative work (optional). 

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required



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