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Assistant Professor Developmental Psychopathology

The Institute of Child Development (ICD) at the University of Minnesota seeks an outstanding candidate for a tenure-track position in developmental psychopathology at the Assistant Professor level. We're particularly interested in researchers who:

  1. study populations at risk because of discrimination, inequality, historical trauma, etc.;
  2. study normative and atypical development together in order to understand basic processes that influence pathways of development toward or away from pathological or maladaptive outcomes;
  3. adopt a multiple levels of analysis approach (including but not limited to crossing behavior with one or preferably more of the following: genetics, epigenetics, neurobiological, relational, or sociocultural);
  4. examine gene-environment interplay; and/or
  5. conduct theoretically informative translational research via randomized control trials and/or intervention studies.

Similarly, skills in advanced developmental research methods and/or statistical expertise are of interest. All applicants are expected to have strong and fundable research programs and to contribute to both graduate and undergraduate supervision and instruction in developmental psychology/developmental psychopathology. A strong developmental orientation to research and teaching is required. ICD is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates and other under-represented groups.

ICD has long been a premier center for scholarship, teaching, and outreach in child psychology. Coursework and research activities focus on the cognitive, social, emotional, and psychobiological/neuroscience processes underlying the development of infants, children, and youth. ICD collaborates with the Department of Psychology to offer a specialty track in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science.

The University of Minnesota is rich in resources available to ICD faculty, including the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, with both treatment and research rooms, the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, with both low- and high-density EEG/ERP facilities and complete autonomic laboratory, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, with three research-dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma scanners, a laboratory preschool housed in the Institute of Child Development, and the many additional resources afforded in a large metropolitan area.

Founded in 1925, the Institute is one of the most established departments for the study of children’s development in the United States. From its inception, a key tenet of the department has been to “give away” developmental science. This philosophy has created an environment rich with collaborations, new ideas, and exciting interdisciplinary work.

Located in the culturally diverse cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota offers unique opportunities for research and participation in varied cultural communities. The College of Education and Human Development is one of the top-ranked professional schools of education in the nation. We're an inclusive, nationally distinctive college that explores education and human development across the life span to increase the intellectual synergy and cooperative inquiry required to address the complexity of educational and social issues facing children, youth, and families in the 21st century. For additional information, visit the University of Minnesota's about page and the University's Relocation Assistance Program page.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research: Developing and maintaining a strong record of scholarship pertinent to the core specialization of the position, while maintaining a commitment to securing external funds to support the individual’s scholarly inquiry.
  • Teaching and advisement: Strengthening the existing preparation and further development of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in ICD. Teaching and advising students in the graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the department. Participating in postdoctoral student training and advising.
  • Community engagement and service: Participating in College, University, and other outreach activities, including service on internal committees or task forces, and participation in relevant professional organizations.

Minimum qualifications

  • An earned doctorate (or its equivalent) in psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive/affective neuroscience, or a closely related field. Applications from ABD candidates will be considered, provided the individual can document that he or she is on track to complete the doctorate by the start date of this position.
  • Evidence of strong scholarship in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals and a history of conference presentations, commensurate with the level of experience.

Preferred qualifications

  • An earned doctorate (or its equivalent) in clinical psychology.
  • Proven record of success in procuring external funding, commensurate with the level of experience.
  • Evidence of successful teaching and academic program development at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels, commensurate with the level of experience.
  • Proven record in advising undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, commensurate with the level of experience.
  • Evidence of community engagement/service activities suitable to a tenure-track position at a major land-grant University, commensurate with the level of experience.

Appointment details

The successful candidate will be appointed to a full-time, 9-month tenure-track assistant professorship beginning Fall semester 2019 (start date no later than August 26, 2019). Summer employment is possible but is not guaranteed. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application process

The search committee will begin its review of applications on October 1, 2018, with the position open until filled.

An online application is required for this position. Please access the University of Minnesota Employment System and search for Requisition Number: 324495.

Completed applications will include a letter addressing qualifications, curriculum vita, a description of the applicant’s research program, up to four representative publications, a teaching statement, and letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with the applicant’s work. All supporting materials, except for the reference letters, should be attached electronically to the online application. Inform your references that letters of recommendation should be emailed to

Address questions to Jed Elison, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, c/o Delores Mordorski, Institute of Child Development, 51 East River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 or email and

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).