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Psychology: Cognitive Psychology - Assistant Professors (Initial Review 09/16/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 18th, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Sep 16, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Psychology [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two tenure-track positions in Cognitive Psychology with a focus on human memory. We welcome applications from scholars whose research investigates any topic in the study of human memory, but we are particularly interested in hiring scholars who study memory in the context of two areas of emphasis. In one area, we seek to hire a scholar who studies issues related to learning and instruction (e.g., how can research on memory and cognition be applied to enhance educational practice?). For the other area, we seek to hire a scholar who studies memory dynamics either between individuals, between individuals and external resources, or at the level of groups or societies at large (e.g., collaborative memory, transactive memory, collective memory). More generally, we seek colleagues who will complement our existing strengths in Learning and Memory, Language and Interaction, and Perception and Performance.

Applicants should be actively engaged in research with the promise of continued research productivity. In addition, they should be capable of teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and contribute significantly to the mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first generation undergraduate students.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in diversity, equity and inclusion with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Assistant Professor (tenure track)

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Psychology or related field. The successful candidate must have both a record of empirical research and a record of teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by September 1, 2020.

July 1, 2020, with the academic year beginning in September 2020. Degree requirements must be met by September 1, 2020 for employment effective beyond that date.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00732-20 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 16, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Letter of application - Letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - Research statement describing your program of research

  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement describing your teaching experience and teaching interests

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Information on statements can be found:

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (1 of 2 required)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (2 of 2 required)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (1 of 3 optional) (Optional)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (2 of 3 optional) (Optional)

  • Most significant reprints or preprints (3 of 3 optional) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required