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Assistant Professor in Psychological Science

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Feb 28, 2022

About the position

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The Department of Cognitive Science in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in behavioral data science beginning Fall 2022.

Applicants must have a PhD, EdD, or foreign degree equivalent in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have successful teaching experience at the collegiate level. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in behavioral data science, Bayesian data analysis, and research methods & statistics. The Department of Cognitive Science offers B.S. degrees in Psychological Science, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Science.

Candidates must have a strong theoretically-motivated program of research that complements the department’s existing strengths in cognition, perception, and/or action through the use of innovative techniques to analyze, model, and interpret behavioral data, neural data, and/or non-traditional datasets. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally-supported research program as well as to participate in interdisciplinary research across the university where behavioral data science is essential to advancing research.

Why Rensselaer? Our dynamic global community of changemakers includes some of the world’s leading researchers, students, alumni, and faculty who ask the important questions and devise the scientific and technological innovations that make the world a better place for all of humanity. Nestled on a beautiful 275-acre campus in upstate NY, Rensselaer is home to five schools, 32 research centers, three makerspaces, an observatory, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. 

Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, # astronauts, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

The Department of Cognitive Science offers B.S. degrees in Psychological Science, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Science.

Application instructions


Follow the on-screen prompts at to create a short online profile, and to add contact information for three references.  Please be ready to upload required documents, including your CV, a letter of interest, a diversity statement, a statement of research and a statement of teaching. 

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Job Posted Date

Posted on 02.10.2022.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work primarily onsite. Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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