The Human Development and Social Policy program at Northwestern University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor whose theoretical and empirical research focuses on early human development, from the prenatal period through approximately age 10.  A focus in cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, and social or cognitive aspects of school readiness is desirable, but strong researchers focusing on social, emotional, biological or other aspects of early human development should also apply.  Scholars conducting research on adolescence or the transition to adulthood are also potentially suitable for this position if their research also addresses the role of earlier developmental experience.  Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in the environmental or contextual determinants of early development, the impact of policies or interventions on early development, or the implications of research on early human development for the design of social policy or intervention.   The ability to teach human development (childhood and adolescence) at the undergraduate and graduate levels is also important.

Scholars from all social-science disciplines engaged in the science and study of early human development are encouraged to apply.  Teaching and advising responsibilities will include doctoral students in the Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program within the School of Education and Social Policy, as well as masters or undergraduate courses. 

Applicants should submit electronically a letter outlining their research program and teaching experience, a current CV, representative reprints, and three letters of reference, to Professor Emma Adam, Search Committee Chair, c/o Laura Salus at  Review of materials will begin on October 15, 2013 and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials before that date.  Minorities and women are strongly urged to apply. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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