Postdoctoral Scholar/Group Identity and Social Perception Lab

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology


The Group Identity and Social Perception (GISP; Lab at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar to begin in the Summer of 2017. The position is funded for 2-3 years with a possible extension. The postdoctoral scholar will oversee the daily operation of a data-intensive, longitudinal experimental smartphone study examining identity processes involved in retention and attrition of Ph.D. students in STEM fields. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the PI (Jonathan Cook) and co-PI (Josh Smyth) at PSU to carry out all aspects of the study, including the generation of manuscripts. The ideal candidate will be someone with a background in social psychology – particularly social identity and motivation – with an interest in psychological interventions and longitudinal field study methodologies. Data collection will occur simultaneously at Columbia University (Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, co-PI) and Stanford University (Geoff Cohen, co-PI). This position is based in State College, PA, but will work closely with the research teams at all three universities. The postdoctoral scholar, along with the PIs and other project staff, will oversee recruiting, training, and tracking participants; coordinating and ensuring consistency in methods across the three universities; overseeing data cleaning and organizing; analyzing data; preparing reports, presentations, and manuscripts; and other related responsibilities. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to meet weekly with the PI and regularly with the co-PIs and will receive co-authorship on publications associated with this research project, including the opportunity for first authorship. The postdoctoral scholar will be invited and encouraged to attend seminars and workshops, and will be expected to join weekly meetings of the GISP lab. The position will involve some travel to coordinate research across universities and present at conferences. Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in social psychology or a related field and to have an established ability (or promise) to write theoretical and empirical research articles. Desired qualifications include one or more of the following: strong quantitative abilities; research experience that includes a focus on social identity threat, psychological interventions, and/or educational outcomes; and experience conducting intensive longitudinal research projects using EMA/ESM designs. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and a “big thinker” while remaining extremely attentive to detail. Salary is competitive and health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as life insurance are included. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter describing their research experience and skills relevant to this position, and the names and contact information of three academic references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088