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

Assistant or Associate Professor (Relationship Science) in the UCLA Department of Psychology

About this job: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, OTHER

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Job is in: Los Angeles, CA US

Contact: Prof. Benjamin Karney

Post Date: September 15, 2022
Job Starts: September 1, 2023
Application Deadline: October 8, 2022

The UCLA Department of Psychology seeks to hire a full-time tenure-track Assistant or early Associate Professor pursuing innovative research on interpersonal relationships, at any phase of the lifespan from infancy through adulthood. Relevant interpersonal contexts may include the family (parent-child and sibling relationships), intimate partners, friends, peers, co-workers, strangers, and so on. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to: understanding the development, maintenance, longevity, or consequences of interpersonal relationships; emotional processes in relationships; articulating how interpersonal contexts affect processes of learning, memory, and perception; evaluating interventions designed to improve interpersonal functioning; explaining change in relationships across the lifespan and at specific developmental stages; and identifying links between interpersonal relationships and emotional and physical well-being. Applications are encouraged from scholars whose research addresses interpersonal relationships among people from historically excluded groups, including sexual and gender minorities. Candidates should add to the Department’s existing strengths in relationship science, and preference will be given to individuals whose areas of focus have broad application and connection to ongoing research throughout the Department. Potential applicants who have questions about how their specialization aligns with the position can inquire to Prof. Benjamin Karney, search committee chair, at Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field no later than one year after hire. Applicants should demonstrate a strong track record of or potential for productive and impactful research relative to their career stage, with a substantive focus on interpersonal relationships. In addition to an outstanding record of research and potential for extramural research support, the successful candidate will demonstrate a history of, or the potential for, contributing to the teaching, mentoring, and service missions of the Department and University, and the candidate should have a demonstrated interest in collaboration with researchers in psychology and the social/behavioral sciences. Applicants with a history of commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. UCLA Psychology has been an internationally recognized hub for relationship science since the field took shape. Faculty across areas of the department (including Developmental, Social, Clinical, and Health) and across the campus (including Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Public Health, the School of Medicine, and the Anderson School of Management) focus on interpersonal relationships and their implications for well-being, pursuing both the basic science and translational science (i.e., applications to intervention and policy). Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will continue until the position is closed. Candidates are urged to apply by or before October 8, 2022. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three recommenders, three relevant publications, and three personal statements, each of no more than three pages. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date from applicants who progress to a later stage of review. UCLA and the UCLA Department of Psychology are firmly committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Therefore, in addition to research and teaching statements, applicants should submit with their application a statement that addresses their past efforts, as well as future plans, to advance EDI in their scholarship, teaching, and service. Applicants should indicate their history of commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups in their cover letter or EDI statement. Requests for information should be sent to the search committee chair at

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