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Postdoctoral Scholar in Cognitive Development - Woo 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: May 13, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jun 12, 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 Foundations of Learning and Knowledge (FOLK) Lab at UC Santa Barbara (PI: Dr. Brandon Woo) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow beginning September 2024 or later. This position will involve designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, writing papers, presenting findings, and mentoring more junior lab members. Additionally, the successful candidate will work with the PI on professional development activities (e.g., applying to grants and academic jobs).

Through behavioral studies of infants, children, and adults, the lab aims to shed light on how humans come to understand others’ actions and minds, particularly in social contexts. The research can take place online (e.g., over video calls or Lookit), in person at the lab, and/or at local museums. Through this position, the successful candidate will be able to build and develop their own research program.

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)

At the time of application, candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except for the dissertation. The PhD should be in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-At least one year of experience designing and conducting behavioral experiments with infants and/or children.
-PhD must be conferred by the start of the appointment

Preferred qualifications

-a strong background in cognitive development
-quantitative data analysis skills (in R)
-project and data management skills

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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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA