The Educational Psychology Program at the University of Alabama invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to expand its Educational Neuroscience PhD Concentration. We seek a junior scientist with an interdisciplinary background whose research focuses on understanding neural mechanisms of learning and cognition, and educational implications of neuroscience research in one or more relevant domains (e.g., math learning & numerical cognition, science education, reading & literacy, motivation & affect, human development, learning technologies, cognitive and behavioral disorders). The ideal candidate can integrate developmental, neural, evolutionary and cognitive approaches to construct multi-level theories of learning and cognition, and can conduct experimental and learning design studies to validate these theories.

The educational neuroscience initiative at the University of Alabama involves an Educational Neuroscience PhD Concentration (, under the Educational Psychology Program. Currently, we have several active labs engaged in educational neuroscience research (e.g., numerical cognition, moral decision making, autism, language processing and bilingualism, and counseling practice). These labs bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Our labs are equipped with state of the art traditional and mobile EEG, fNIRS, tDCS, eye-tracking and virtual reality systems. We also have access to a nearby fMRI facility. The University of Alabama has an active community of researchers conducting a wide array of brain, learning and cognition research. The university supports and encourages interdisciplinary research and collaboration both within the campus and across other institutions. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
• Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, education, psychology, human development, cognitive science, learning sciences, computer science)
• Evidence of expertise in one or more neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG/ERP, fMRI, fNIRS, MEG)
• Interest in educational applications broadly defined
• Ability to work with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines
• Strong writing and communication skills
• Commitment to working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated general knowledge and experience in teaching Educational Neuroscience and Educational Psychology
• Evidence of participation in national professional organizations 

• Establish an independent research program leading to publication
• Teach courses in educational psychology/educational neuroscience
• Seek significant external funding
• Participate in program initiatives, faculty decisions, and advising
• Provide consultation to students and faculty
• Serve on dissertation committees

Further information about the program and college is accessible at and through contacting the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Firat Soylu ( or Dr. Steve Thoma, (

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Start Date: August 16, 2019

•Health and Life Insurance
•TIAA-CREF Available
•Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
•Summer employment available on an as needed basis 

Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: Please apply online at A letter of application, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework, and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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