Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology

Assistant Professor - Computational Approaches to Understanding Social Behavior

About this job: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, QUANTITATIVE/METHODS

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Psychology -   See this job on our site

Job is in: Austin, TX US

Contact: James Curley

Post Date: August 26, 2021
Job Starts: August 15, 2022

The Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking a faculty member in computational approaches to understanding social behavior. Recent advances in large data, large-scale experiments, network analysis, text mining and analytics, and machine learning and artificial intelligence have central relevance to the behavioral sciences. Scientists are studying and predicting human behavior and health by examining a broad range of dense data sources including social media, personal sensing devices such as cell phones and wearables, and other large datasets from public institutions, private companies, and elsewhere. Emerging analytic approaches hold great promise to unlock the potential of these datasets to shed light on human behavior. A major focus of our future hiring is to target scientists applying new and highly innovative approaches to behavioral science. We are therefore seeking an emerging scholar (at the Assistant Professor level) who is working on developing and/or using computational methods/tools for use in psychological research and applies those to the study of social behaviors. We are seeking an individual who can join and help shape the data-science education initiative in the department – teaching cutting edge methods and data analysis at the undergraduate and graduate levels—and who can contribute to a departmental culture of rigorous and reproducible research. We aim to hire computational behavioral scientists who can bridge domains and disciplines in a way that will spearhead breakthrough scientific discoveries, encourage cross disciplinary approaches in graduate training, and educate the next generation of psychology undergraduate majors. Therefore, we deliberately define this position broadly and are open to a broad array of approaches and topics, including scholars from other fields if they can make strong connections to Psychology and publish some of their work in disciplinary journals in Psychology.