Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in its Developmental Science Division, starting fall, 2017. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

We seek an outstanding scientist to join our Developmental Science program. We are expanding a robust multidisciplinary research and training program that approaches development with an integrative framework incorporating multiple domains and contexts. Program resources include a new developmental research center at the UMass Center in Springfield (, and new fMRI facility at UMass Amherst ( Candidates in any area of developmental psychology will be considered. However, special consideration will be given to candidates whose research interests create synergies with current faculty. Research areas could include: affective, social, cognitive, or cultural neuroscience; familial or cultural underpinnings of development; genetic or epigenetic processes and developmental trajectories; stress; and learning processes. For examples of potentially relevant connections, see the links at the end of this ad. Visit our website ( for more information about the department.

The Developmental Science program and the department are committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive community of faculty, students, and staff with the conviction that such an environment catalyzes learning and cultivates ethical, informed, and prepared citizens. We are especially interested in qualified candidates whose research, teaching, and service reflect engagement with varied perspectives and constituencies.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology or a related discipline and have a record of innovative research, potential to attract extramural funding, and strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, samples of representative research papers, and the names of at least three references. We will begin reviewing applications on November 7, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit materials online to:

The University provides an intellectual environment committed to providing academic excellence and diversity, including mentoring programs for faculty.  The College and Department are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body, and the curriculum.  The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equality in education and employment.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Developmental Science Division:
Other Departmental Research Divisions:
Center for Research on Families:
Rudd Adoption Research Program:
University Neuroscience and Behavior program: