The Department of Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh seek to fill an open-rank position in higher-level language processes, pending budgetary approval. Applicants are expected to currently hold appointments as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, although applications from post-doctoral non-faculty researchers are welcome.

The Psychology Department ( is committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has 36 tenure-stream faculty and houses five graduate training programs: Biological and Health, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social, as well as cross-program training opportunities. The interdisciplinary nature of psychological science is reflected in both faculty research interests and training opportunities afforded to graduate students.

LRDC ( is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together researchers from several disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Education, Computer Science) whose work on human cognition and learning, effective schooling and training, and educational policy includes laboratory (behavioral, ERP, eye-tracking, MEG, and fMRI) and classroom settings. LRDC is committed to both basic and applied research that connects to the cognitive, motivational, and social bases of learning, and to the use of research in improving education practice and policy.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a rigorous research program in language and/or reading, broadly construed. This research program should complement LRDC’s current research programs in basic and comparative (cross-language) reading processes, vocabulary learning, sentence comprehension, second language learning, language-based reasoning, and language in learning technology (

The specific research area is open and might include reading/higher-level language, the role of language/reading processes in reasoning, problem-solving or argumentation. Research that includes a computational approach to language/reading, a strong quantitative emphasis, or a focus on minority language learners is especially welcome. Specific teaching areas are flexible, but a commitment to effective teaching is required.

Applicants should apply electronically by sending a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and up to three papers to In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent to this email address with the applicant’s last name and the word “recommendation” in the subject line.

Deadline for submitting applications is October 15, 2013.

Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Natasha Tokowicz ( and Tessa Warren ( Please include the word “search” in the subject line.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.