Assistant Professor in Cognitive Psychology (40 views)

San Jose, CA
September 6, 2019

San José State University – San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Job ID (JOID):  25128
Department:  Psychology                                                                            
Specialization:  Cognitive Psychology
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track


  • A PhD in Psychology (or closely related field, including cognitive science or cognitive neuroscience) by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated scholarly productivity in the scientific study of cognitive psychology with a preferred focus on either judgment and decision making or psycholinguistics.
  • Proficiency with research methods typically used in cognitive psychology, which may include behavioral approaches as well as computational modeling.
  • Ability to take an active teaching and mentoring role in the MA program in Research and Experimental Psychology.
  • Commitment to, and demonstrated potential for, teaching excellence.
  • Dedication and interest in mentoring a diverse population of students, including first- generation and underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Commitment to seeking external funding to support research-related activities and/or to enhance student learning.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial atmosphere of shared governance.
  • Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


San José State University is a teaching institution that values mentored research. Teaching responsibilities for this position will include undergraduate and graduate coursework in cognitive psychology (e.g., cognition, cognitive science, human learning, perception) and the candidate’s area of specialization, and, as needed by the department, courses in writing in psychology, statistics, research methods, and/or introductory psychology.

Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Student mentoring is valued in our department, and a successful candidate will mentor and support undergraduate and graduate students of diverse backgrounds in conducting research. The candidate will be expected to develop a program of research focused on the scientific study of cognitive psychology, and to pursue both internal and external funding. The candidate must maintain a productive research program, which may consist of collaborative research across the University, with other academic institutions, or other external agencies.

The candidate will participate in service through membership on department, college, and university committees, and through academic advising of students. The successful applicant should be prepared to take an active role in the MA program in Research and Experimental Psychology. These responsibilities include serving as a mentor and advisor, instructor, and member of the program committee.

Information about the SJSU Psychology Department can be found at

Salary Range:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 13, 2020


Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by October 1, 2019 to

Inquiries may be directed to:

Clifton Oyamot

Professor and Chair

Psychology Department

San José State University


Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence:  25128 

San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups.  As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility.  The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society.  SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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