Postdoctoral Associate in Environmental Psychology

Cornell University

Environmental Psychology - Post Doctoral Associate

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The Wells Lab ( within the Department of Human Centered Design (formerly Design and Environmental Analysis), College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for a postdoctoral associate to begin June 15, 2022. The postdoctoral associate will contribute to research efforts at the intersection of environmental psychology, public health, design, and urban planning including studies examining the natural environment’s effect on human resilience; the influence of nature-based therapy on the behavior and well-being of individuals with autism; associations of nature access with health and equity; the influence of the built and natural environment on sustainable behaviors and health-related behaviors (e.g., diet and physical activity). The postdoctoral associate will also teach one undergraduate course (Fall) related to the effects of the built and natural environment on human health and well-being. The position is fully funded for one year with the potential for renewal upon satisfactory performance.

Key responsibilities include:

• Data management
• Coding of archival video data
• Training and overseeing undergraduate research assistants
• Lead data analysis
• Contribute to writing grant proposals and papers for publication
• Support research team and work collaboratively
• Collaboratively revise syllabus of existing undergraduate course
• Teach undergraduate course


Applicants must have a conferred doctoral degree in environmental psychology, public health, or related field (e.g., developmental psychology, urban planning) and relevant research experience. Eligible applicants should have demonstrated
proficiency in data management and use of statistical software programs (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R); exceptional organizational, communication, and writing skills; experience overseeing undergraduate research assistants; and demonstrated ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications

Diverse research skills including experience coding observational (video) data; proficiency with Geographic Information
Systems (GIS); expertise in developmental disabilities such as autism; prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level.


The following documents must be uploaded when applying through Academic Job Online: .
• Cover letter describing research experience, fit for position, and future interests (3 pages max)
• CV (including full publication list)
• Transcript(s) of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable)
• Research statement
• Teaching statement
Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
• Three letters of reference (to be submitted by referees)

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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