Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Developmental Psychology, with a focus on children’s or adolescents’ involvement with computer-based technology. We are seeking a scholar whose research is grounded in the everyday lives of children and youth, to enhance the program’s central theme of integrating cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of development, with sensitivity to issues of diversity in development. Specifically, the position focuses on children’s or adolescents’ everyday uses of technology and media, addressing topics such as (but not limited to) texting, social networking sites, video games, television, or other electronic media or technology. With the campus-wide efforts to build an interdisciplinary research cluster on human-computer interaction (HCI), we welcome candidates with a strong theoretical and empirical foundation in Developmental Psychology research and teaching expertise that would help define such a cluster.

Candidates should be actively engaged in research with promise of continued research productivity. In addition, they should be capable of teaching both graduate and undergraduate level courses, and of contributing significantly to graduate education through mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in candidates who are able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds and contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

RANK: Assistant Professor (tenure track)
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Psychology or related field, expected to be conferred by September 2017. The successful candidate must have both a record of empirical research and a record of teaching.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2017, with academic year beginning September 2017. Ph.D. must be conferred by September 30, 2017 for employment beyond that date.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include (a) a letter of application briefly summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, (b) a research statement describing your program of research, (c) a teaching statement describing your teaching experience and teaching interests, (d) a diversity statement describing your past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, (e) a curriculum vitae, (f) two to five most significant reprints or preprints, and (g) at least three confidential letters of recommendation.* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at Refer to Position #JPF00367-17 in all correspondence.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2016. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2017.

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