Open date: February 13, 2017
Last review date: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position has been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2017

Post-doctoral Research Position: Education

An opening is available for a post-doctoral scholar in the research group of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara.

The primary research project will focus on leading a replication and extension of the Birds of a Feather study in middle schools. The post-doctoral fellow will take the primarily lead (in consultation with Gehlbach and with help from students in the lab group) for the design, execution, analysis, and resultant publications from this project.

As a secondary focus, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in additional studies investigating the potential for social psychological interventions to address environmental/climate challenges (particularly within educational settings). For other research being pursued by the Social Psychology in Education & the Environment please visit the SPiEE Lab website.

The proposed projects provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training in applying social psychological concepts to an array of pressing problems.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD in Educational Psychology, Social Psychology or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Experience conducting field experiments in school settings
  2. Strong expertise in quantitative research
  3. A background in the social psychological and/or educational psychology literature that addresses social relationships (e.g., teacher-student relationships), motivation, and self-regulation
  4. An interest in environmental education

The anticipated start date of the position is April 15, 2017 (this can be negotiable); the position should last for 15 months. The University of California Santa Barbara provides a rich multidisciplinary environment for conducting research.

Applicants can submit a curriculum vita, a statement of research, and arrange three letters of reference all to be sent directly to Dr. Gehlbach. The review of applications will begin immediately but all applications received before February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration. After that, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates with questions are also free to contact directly Dr. Gehlbach at

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education is committed to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The school has particular strengths in statistical methods and psychometrics, which can serve to strengthen applicants’ methodological toolkits.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location
Santa Barbara, CA

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More information about the projects pursued in this lab:


  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research


3 letters of reference required