Job Announcement - Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science


Job Announcement - Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science

Date posted: 2016-10-25 14:26:00

Posted: October 2016

Screening of applicants will begin immediately; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled


The Cognitive Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek applicants with a strong theoretically motivated program of research that makes use of experimental approaches and complements the department’s existing strengths in cognition, perception, and/or action (broadly defined). Priority will be given to applicants who are developing or using innovative techniques from statistics or machine learning to analyze, model, and interpret behavioral data, neural data, and/or non-traditional (e.g. “naturally occurring”) datasets. However, outstanding candidates using more conventional techniques are also encouraged to apply.

We seek applicants whose research and teaching will contribute to our recently expanded, quantitatively oriented undergraduate program in psychological science, and further strengthen the department’s established undergraduate and graduate programs in cognitive science.

Applicants must hold a Ph. D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or a related field. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, externally supported research program, and to teach courses on statistical and/or mathematical methods in the psychological and cognitive sciences, as well as specialty courses in their area of expertise.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students from across the country and around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley. The university’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) offers scholars and students opportunities for creative interdisciplinary research in the arts, performance technologies, science, and engineering.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Screening of applicants will begin on October 20, 2016, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please complete the short on-line application at and please upload a letter of interest that explains how the above mentioned criteria are met, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, research statement, teaching statement, a list of select publications, and three letters of reference. If the reviewers wish to submit the letters directly, please have them sent via email to