Appointment Conditions

This position is an open rank, tenure track position and full university benefits apply. We seek applicants with expertise on substantive areas on child development, emotion, motivation and volition, personality, learning sciences, and educational neuroscience to inform teaching and learning, especially in complex digital environment. We welcome candidates from a wide range of fields including child development, learning sciences, neurosciences and any related fields.

Proficiency or interest in a range of educational psychology, including (but not limited to) the following, is highly welcomed: 

  • positive school/counseling psychology (preferably for youth career planning, subject well-being, etc.),
  • learning design in complex environment,
  • social-emotion-motivation development,
  • educational neurosciences.


The successful candidate will have an active program of research and will have responsibilities for teaching residential undergraduate and graduate courses, advising master’s and doctoral graduate students, and providing service to the Department, College, and University as well as to professional organizations or other external agencies.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences or a closely related field with an emphasis on learning and instruction. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to a significant program of research that has the potential to secure external funding, commensurate with experience. Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in teaching and advising, commensurate with experience.Candidates must be willing to contribute toward program efforts to support the University’s general education program. Candidates must also provide evidence of commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Desirable Qualifications

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to the Educational Psychology program’s emphasis on the development and evaluation of educational interventions. The ideal candidate will have an active program of theoretically­driven research focused on one or more content areas of learning. This research should utilize innovative methods for examining the delivery and testing of interventions in real world settings. We are particularly interested in strengthening the faculty in the areas of innovative methodology, the design and testing of educational interventions, and assessments of learning processes and outcomes.

The strongest candidates will show evidence of the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as advanced learning topics, methodology, advanced measurement, individual differences, and instruction.

East China Normal University

East China Normal University (ECNU) is recognized as one of Shanghai’s top public research universities under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, and is included in China’s national education projects, “Project 211” and “Project 985”.

At present, ECNU has four faculties, namely the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics and Management, and Faculty of Information Sciences. Its 30 full-time schools and colleges are School of Humanities and Social Sciences (including the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, History Department, Philosophy Department and Politics Department), School of Marxism, School of Law, School of Social Development, School of Foreign Languages, International College of Chinese Studies, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, School of Sports and Health, School of Communication, School of Music, School of Fine Arts, School of Design, School of Math Science, School of Physics and Materials Science, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, School of Information Science and Technology, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, School of Data Science and Engineering, School of Geographic Sciences, School of Urban & Regional Science, School of Ecological and Environmental Science, School of Marine Science, School of Teacher Education, School of Economics, College of Business Administration, School of Public Management, School of Statistics, and Asia Europe Business School (AEBS).(

Department of Educational Psychology 

The Department of Educational Psychology (DEP) is a newly established department in the Faculty of Education, East China Normal University. The foremost mission of the DEP is to improve students’ learning and development. The faculties at DEP strive to better understand the psychological mechanisms of students’ learning and development and to design a better environment for students of all ages. At DEP, we also seek to contribute to the development of theory as well as to provide meaningful solutions to practical problems in the real education setting.

The DEP offers five specialities including Learning Research and Environment Design, Child Development, Education Measurement and Statistics, School Counseling, and Educational Neuroscience. All DEP faculties have Ph.D. degree from overseas world-class university. By collaborating, DEP faculties will form different groups focusing on five research topics including Learning Mechanism and Learning Environment Design, Emotion-Motivation-Volition, Self-Personality-Social and Emotional Development, Statistic Measurement and Research Method, Youth Learning and Development Counseling. 

Application procedures:

Interested applicants should submit: 1) a letter of interest that describes his/her research program; 2) a Curriculum vitae; 3) two representative scholarly publications (digital copies of the dissertation or dissertation draft for a PhD candidate); and 4) two letters of references.

Review of applicants will begin in December 2020 and will continue until the positions are filled. Application materials should be sent electronically as either Word or PDF documents to Ms. Tianren Li at