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Postdoctoral Scholar in Child Studies – Liberman Lab, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay based on prior months of postdoc service (both domestic and international) before the start of appointment. See Table 23 and 23N (Hourly) for experience level minimums. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,480- $77,327. Salaries that are higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience level minimum, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: September 2024 or later
Position duration: This will be a 2 year position with the possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: April 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Zoe Liberman on projects relating to social cognitive development. The duties of the Postdoctoral Scholar will include study design and execution (e.g., programming online and laboratory tasks, collecting and analyzing behavioral data), writing up research papers and grant applications, presenting research projects within the department and on conferences, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

The Liberman Child Studies Lab studies infants’ and children’s understanding of the social world, including their expectations about people based on their social relationships and group membership. To answer these questions, we adopt a wide range of methods, including violation of expectation looking time studies, eye-tracking, and behavioral studies in the lab and at local partner museums. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to work on existing lines of research (including work on the impact of exposure to diversity on developing
social categorization and children’s use of relationships to make inferences about knowledge), while also starting research in line with their own related interests. The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is highly interdisciplinary and the preferred candidate will build connections with stellar scientists within both DEVO and Social Psychology areas.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Human Development or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-At least one year of research experience in Developmental Psychology (working with either infant or child participants)
-Data analysis skills, using R
-PhD must be conferred by start of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

-Applicants with training and experience in any of these areas will be given priority: infant studies, eye-tracking, computational modeling, bilingualism research, survey development

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are chosen for the shortlist (to be interviewed) will have their references contacted after the interview.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA