Research Professor

    University park, PA

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    TheDepartment of Psychologyat The Pennsylvania State University, seeks a non-tenure open rank Research Professor positionin the Emotion Development Lab,headed by Dr. Kristin Buss, ( Start date of July 1,2020is highly desirable, but start date is flexible. Position will remain open until filled.

    This person will have the opportunity to work on two 5-year NIMH-funded studies. The first is designed to investigate the developmental trajectories of social anxiety disorder symptoms across adolescence, with a focus on identification of biobehavioral profiles of risk. The study has two data collection sites-Penn State, University Park; Penn State-PACT in Harrisburg, PA. The second study is an MPI study (Drs. Koraly Prez-Edgar & Vanessa LoBue at Rutgers are other PIs) designed to examine developmental trajectories of early temperament and attention in infancy. These studies incorporate a number of techniques, including neuroendocrinology (cortisol), electrophysiology (EEG & ERP), psychophysiology (RSA), eye-tracking, direct behavioral observation, clinical interviews and questionnaires. All projects in Dr. Buss' lab take advantage of the University's broad resources, including the Child Study Center ( and the PACT (

    The person in this position will primarily be responsible for overseeing and managing a large, vibrant lab environment currently running two large NIMH-funded studies. Responsibilities will include:
    • Collecting and analyzing electrophysiological and behavioral data
    • Writing scientific papers and presentations
    • Writing grants
    • Managing research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students
    Position qualifications include:
    • A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
    • At least3years postdoctoral experience in academic setting
    • Strong record of scientific productivity including experience with grant writing and managing large research studies
    • Experience with EEG acquisition and analysis
    • Strong experimental and statistical skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment on multiple tasks and projects and to share one's expertise with others
    • Experience with data collection platforms (e.g., BrainVision, Mindware, Eyelink), programming tasks (E-prime, Presentation), statistical analysis (R, SPSS, SAS) and general computing (MATLAB, Unix, Python) is highly desired.
    In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

    Submit a letter of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with annual renewal up to 5 years.

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    University Park, PA
    Posting ID: 558255611Posted: 2020-05-21