Assistant Professor of Psychology (specialization in Neuroscience)

Main Campus – Boston, MA

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and of challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to focus on preparing women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women-centered undergraduate program, with graduate programs open to all. The Psychology Department at Simmons is a vibrant and collegial department, offering popular undergraduate majors in Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior (interdisciplinary program with Biology), as well as an online program in Applied Psychology. Our department is committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and highly values student-faculty research collaboration. The Psychology department is housed in a newly renovated science center, with state-of-the-art teaching spaces, research laboratories, and a vivarium.

The Psychology Department is situated in the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CNBHS). CNBHS is an engaged and supportive community of teachers and scholars within a uniquely multidisciplinary College. Simmons faculty and staff are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Job Summary:

The Department of Psychology at Simmons University is seeking applicants for a Boston-based, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, starting in Fall 2024. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology or related field, with a specialty in any area of neuroscience. We invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and who have ongoing research interests that can involve undergraduate students.

Primary Responsibilities:

The faculty member will have the opportunity to teach courses in Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior. Potential courses may include: Biological Psychology (with laboratory), Research in Biological Psychology (with laboratory), Drugs & Behavior, Seminar in Neuroscience & Behavior, Introduction to Psychological Science, and other courses in areas of interest. The faculty member is expected to advise and mentor undergraduate students, participate in curriculum development, and actively engage in service to the Simmons community. In addition, faculty will be required to conduct and publish scholarly research. Area of research is open, however, we are particularly interested in candidates with programs of research that can involve undergraduate students.


Simmons Department of Psychology is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Candidates must have a PhD in psychology or related field, with specialization in any area of neuroscience. Candidates must also have experience in teaching at the college level, evidence of research accomplishments, and commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities:

  • A PhD (or expected to complete degree requirements by May 2024) in psychology or a related field, with specialization in any area of neuroscience (required).
  • Demonstrated experience in undergraduate teaching (required).
  • Evidence of research accomplishments (required), with a program of research that can involve undergraduate students (preferred)
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and in fostering equity and inclusion for all students, through teaching, research, or service (required)

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following electronically with their application: (1) a cover letter including key qualifications for the position and relevant interests; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a list of courses the candidate can excel in teaching; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) the contact information for at least three professional references (these will be be requested at a later stage of the search process). Additional supporting materials to document excellence in teaching, such as course evaluations and syllabi of courses taught, are optional and welcomed.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information, please contact the Faculty Search Committee at neurosciencejob@simmons.edu.

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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