Research Assistant Scientist in Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Psychology
University of Florida
United States


The Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Lab at the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a position to be filled at the rank of Research Assistant Scientist for a start date of February 20, 2020. This is a twelve-month, time limited, nontenure-accruing position, to be renewed on a year-to-year basis, contingent on funding. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research and mentoring of a diverse student population at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department embraces open science and strives for replicable, reproducible, and rigorous research. We support transparent research with open data, open material, and pre-registrations. Candidates are asked to describe in their research statement in what way they have already pursued and/or plan to pursue open science. For more information about our department, visit:


Applicants will have a Ph.D. in Psychology and/or Neuroscience or complete their Ph.D. by February 20, 2020. We encourage applications with expertise in neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging including neurofeedback), in the context of experimental cognitive and socioemotional aging research and a strong background in methods and statistics, including advanced statistical modeling (e.g., multilevel modeling) and analysis of neuroimaging data. Experience with eye tracking methodology and fluency with various experimental and data analytic software (e.g., MATLAB, SPM, FSL, Data Viewer, R, SPSS, and Stata) are especially encouraged.  

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) samples of research and research interests, and (4) three confidential letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 21, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at   

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.  



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