Assistant Professor of Social Science

Michigan State University

Assistant Professor-Tenure System


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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University is seeking to recruit a faculty member with expertise in Behavioral Neuroscience for a tenure system appointment at the Assistant Professor level starting in Fall of 2024. The ideal candidate will have established a strong program of research, a history of (or clear potential for) external funding, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in a) undergraduate and graduate teaching, and b) diversity, equity, and inclusion. While all applicants studying fundamental issues in Behavioral Neuroscience will be considered, applicants working in the general area of motivated behavior are especially encouraged to apply. The use of contemporary neuroscientific research methodologies is highly desirable. The candidate recruited for this position would join the highly collaborative, supportive, and productive Department of Psychology and the department’s Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program.  They will also have the opportunity to affiliate with MSU’s interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program. For more information about the Psychology Department visit:  and for more information about MSU’s strategic plan visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Behavioral Neuroscience or related field

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroscience, or closely related field required by the date of hire.

Appropriate postdoctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuroscience, or closely related field required by the date of hire.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong record of research in content areas listed in position summary
  • Demonstrated or strong potential for extramural funding
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • A diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSUs commitment to inclusive excellence)
  • Three representative publications
  • Names and contact information for three references

Special Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application at Consideration of applications will begin October 2, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Alex W. Johnson (

MSU is located in East Lansing, MI (Eastern time zone), with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. East Lansing is also centrally locate within Michigan and near several large cities, including Detroit (1.5 hour drive), Chicago (3.5 hour drive, or direct access via train/Amtrak), and Toronto (4.5 hour drive). MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at

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Department Statement

The Department of Psychology is dedicated to advancing psychological science through multidisciplinary research and providing a world-class education for our undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the College of Social Science at a land grant university, our department’s broader mission is to conduct research that transforms lives and inspires leaders on our campus, in Michigan communities, and across the world. 

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jun 28, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 28, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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