Assistant Professor, Personality Psychology (94 views)

East Lansing, Michigan
September 9, 2022

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University is seeking to recruit a faculty member with expertise in personality psychology for a tenure system appointment at the assistant professor level starting in Fall of 2023. The ideal candidate will have established a strong program of visible research, a history of (or clear potential for) external funding, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in a) undergraduate and graduate teaching, and b) diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek a candidate who studies personality processes broadly defined, and we are particularly interested in applicants who work from a lifespan perspective and who use sophisticated methodological techniques  that allow for the exploration of the ways that personality processes unfold across time and shape important life outcomes. Methodological approaches could include expertise in quasi-experimental designs and contemporary approaches to causal inference, quantitative longitudinal methods used to test developmental processes, behavioral genetic designs used to identify transactions between individual and environmental influences, large-scale panel approaches for estimating population effect sizes net confounds, or other multivariate methods that incorporate critical cultural, relational, and identity processes that shape how individual differences are associated with important life outcomes. However, the ideal candidate may well have substantive and methodological interests related to personality outside of those areas listed. Applications from candidates with a demonstrated commitment to open-science practices are encouraged.

The candidate recruited for this position would join an active, intellectually diverse, and productive Department of Psychology. For more information about the department visit: and for more information about MSU’s strategic plan visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Psychology or related field required by the date of hire.

Desired Qualifications

– Strong record of research in content areas listed in position summary

– Potential for extramural funding

– Potential for excellence in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels

– Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service

– Commitment to open-science practices

Required Application Materials

– CV

– Statements of research and teaching interests

– A diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSUs commitment to inclusive excellence)

– Three representative publications

– Names and contact information for three references

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Richard Lucas (

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Department Statement

The Department of Psychology is dedicated to advancing psychological science through multidisciplinary research and providing a world-class education for our undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the College of Social Science at a land grant university, our department’s broader mission is to conduct research that transforms lives and inspires leaders on our campus, in Michigan communities, and across the world.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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