Tenure-track faculty position in Neuroscience and Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in Fall 2014.  The position includes an appointment to the Neuroscience Program and to the Volen National Center for Complex Systems.  We seek an individual with an active research program that combines systems neuroscience and psychological approaches to understanding behavior and mental processes; the preferred specialty areas are learning and development, but we are open to other sub-specialties.  The position is open to applicants working with human and/or non-human animals who have shown outstanding promise as a researcher and mentor.  The successful applicant will join a vibrant research department with NIH training grants, entitled “Brain-Body-Behavior Interface in Learning and Development Across the Lifespan” and “Training in Cognitive Aging in a Social Context.”  Teaching duties will include Psychology and Neuroscience courses.  Applications, which should be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2877 should include a CV, research statement, teaching statement, copies of relevant publications, and three letters of recommendation.  First consideration will be given to candidates whose applications are complete by October 1, 2013 although we will accept applications until the position is filled.
Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

notice reposted from the Psychology Dept. website

Jennifer Gutsell to join Psychology faculty

Paul DiZio, Chair of the Psychology department, writes:

Jennifer Gutsell, Ph.D.I am happy to announce that Jennifer Gutsell has accepted an offer for a faculty position in Psychology.  Thanks to those of you who participated in the search.  […]

In Jennifer, we sought and found an individual who takes a biological or neuroscience approach to social/development psychology.  Jenifer got her PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently doing a post-doc there. She studies neural mechanisms of human group formation and inter-group perception and attitudes.  Her work has  replicated and extended earlier reports that people accurately perceive the intentions and actions of others in the group they belong to but show less empathy for others outside their group, an effect which is greater in people who score higher on a scale of prejudice, and she also showed that the EEG mu rhythm, a non-invasive index of mirror system activation, is suppressed when people judge ingroup but not outgroup targets.  Jennifer has cautiously interpreted this correlation between social empathy and neuromotor resonance, and one her first research aims at Brandeis will be conducting an experimental test of the direction of causality.

Jennifer will start at Brandeis in the fall, but will be available to meet with prospective grad students during recruiting.  More about Jennifer’s research and publications can be found on her website at http://www.jennifergutsell.com/

Social/Developmental Psychology, Tenure-Track Position

The Department of Psychology at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin in September, 2013. Exceptional candidates will be considered for a tenured associate professor appointment. We seek an individual who takes a biological or neuroscience approach to social/developmental psychology.

The successful candidate will show outstanding promise as a researcher, classroom teacher and research supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in Social Psychology and Research Methods or Statistics and advanced specialized seminars. Candidates must have an ongoing research program with evidence of, or strong potential for, extramural funding. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, research synopsis, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and copies of representative scholarly work to:

Mr. Phil Gnatowski (gnat@brandeis.edu)
Department of Psychology MS062
Brandeis University
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02453.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Brandeis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the faculty’s diversity. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Six scientists secure fellowships

One current undergraduate, and five alumni, from the Brandeis Sciences were honored with offers of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2012. The fellowships, which are awarded based on a national competition, provide three full years of support for Ph.D. research and are highly valued by students and institutions. These students are:

  • Samuel McCandlish ’12 (Physics) , a current student who did research with Michael Hagan and Aparna Baskaran, resulting in a paper “Spontaneous segregation of self-propelled particles with different motilities” in Soft Matter (as a junior). He then switched to work with Albion Lawrence for his senior thesis research. Sam will speak about “Bending and Breaking Time Contours: a World Line Approach to Quantum Field Theory” at the Berko Symposium on May 14.  Sam has been offered a couple of other fellowships as well, so he’ll have a nice choice to make. Sam will be heading to Stanford in the fall to continue his studies in theoretical physics.
  • Briana Abrahms ’08 (Physics). After graduating from Brandeis, Briana followed her interests in ecological and conversation issues, and  in Africa as a research assistant with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Briana previously described some of her experiences here in “Three Leopards and a Shower“. Briana plans to pursue as Ph.D. in Ecology at UC Davis.
  • Sarah Robinson ’07 (Chemistry). Sarah did undergraduate research with Irving Epstein on “Pattern formation in a coupled layer reaction-diffusion system”. After graduating, Sarah spent time with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, returning to study Neurosciene at UCSF.
  • Si Hui Pan ’10 (Physics) participated in a summer REU program at Harvard, and continued doing her honors thesis in collaboration with the labs at Harvard. Her award is to study condensed matter physics at MIT.
  • Elizabeth Setren ’10 was a Mathematics and Economics double major who worked together with Donald Shepard (Heller School) on the cost of hunger in the US. She has worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and her award is to study Economics at Harvard.
  • Michael Ari Cohen ’01 (Psychology) worked as a technology specialist for several years before returning to academia as  PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Losing Control: Love and Science

New in the movies: Losing Control, a ‘quirky romantic comedy about a female scientist’, is playing at Kendall Square next week. Research from Leslie Zebrowitz’s Face Perception Lab at Brandeis about babyface stereotypes makes a cameo in the movie. Losing Control was written and directed by Valerie Weiss and is loosely based on her experiences as a Ph. D. student at Harvard Med School.

Should be a good date movie for Brandeis scientists…

Nicolas Rohleder — ISPNE 2011 Curt P. Richter Award

Nicolas Rohleder, of the Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, is the recipient of the 2011 Curt P. Richter Award of the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) for his original manuscript entitled “Acute and chronic stress induced changes in sensitivity of peripheral inflammatory pathways to the signals of multiple stress systems”. The award, which has been given by the ISPNE for over 25 years to a distinguished line of young investigators in the field of psychoneuroendocrinology, consists of an honorarium, an award certificate and plaque, a travel grant of up to $ 1,000 to attend the Society’s annual meeting, the publication of the manuscript in the society’s journal ‘Psychoneuroendocrinology‘, and well as a year’s complimentary access to ScienceDirect and Scopus.  Dr. Rohleder will receive the award, and make a presentation of his research findings, at the ISPNE annual meeting to be held in Berlin, Germany on August 4-6.

  • Rohleder N. Acute and chronic stress induced changes in sensitivity of peripheral inflammatory pathways to the signals of multiple stress systems – 2011 Curt Richter Award Winner. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2012

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