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Job Opportunity: Research Associate in Psychology, The Departments of Psychology and Biology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Posted by on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

The Departments of Psychology and Biology at the University of Virginia seek to fill a novel Postdoctoral Research Associate position to help co-direct and administer an NSF sponsored National Research Training program.  This program will contribute to building diversity, non-academic careers, and interdisciplinary skills in graduate STEM education.

The candidate will join a thriving interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators in the College of Arts and Sciences that seeks to expand the graduate training environment to promote collaboration, innovation and change the institutional culture of STEM fields. Our objective is to create an environment more appealing to students with a wider range of professional goals and establish new norms for active recruitment and a culture of inclusion in the STEM fields.

The candidate will work directly with Prof. Jess Connelly in the Department of Psychology and Profs Debbie Roach, Laura Galloway and Butch Brodie in the Department of Biology.  Postdoctoral level training in teaching, scientific communication, and collaborative research and team building will be gained. The position has a wide range of responsibilities including but not limited to: administering the program, contributing an independent direction of the project by building a recruiting or career based program, coordinating groups of interdisciplinary students and faculty, scientific communication and website maintenance and design, teaching a course, project data collection, paper and project report writing, conference attendance, and coordinating with other NSF-NRT programs.


The completion of a Ph.D. in a STEM or educational field with STEM experience is required by appointment start date. Candidates required to have experience in scientific research, communication, and writing with a background in interdisciplinary or team-based research preferred. Ability to navigate website design tools and applications, to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team, and to organize and complete tasks are required skills.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.  Applications by members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and will remain open until filled.  The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two years in one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Jess Connelly, Associate Professor of Psychology, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption.  For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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