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Postdoctoral Scholar in Cross-Cultural Development of Supernatural Beliefs

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: $54,540-$65,292
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: March 11th, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Childhood Cognition Lab (PI: Rebekah Richert; https://www.childcoglab.org/) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is inviting applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Developing Belief Network (https://www.developingbelief.com/; Project Directors: Rebekah Richert and Kathleen Corriveau). A 5-year John Templeton Foundation grant funds an international network of scholars conducting a cross-cultural study of the development of religious cognition and behavior. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the exciting opportunity to work with an international network of scholars and will be trained in team science and collaborative research, cross-cultural validation of measures, and collection of an expansive and global data set on the development of supernatural beliefs in the first 10 years of life.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be an active member of a team, working collaboratively with PIs Richert and Corriveau, as well as with a Core Leadership Team composed of a Postdoctoral Project Manager, a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Scientist at Boston University and with representatives from Databrary. The Postdoctoral Researcher also will work closely with 4 research teams (their home institution plus 3 others) to coordinate with site PIs on task translation/validation and in training and implementation of data collection. In addition, the Postdoctoral Researcher will take a lead role in data collection at UC Riverside and will oversee data collection in the Yucatán. The Postdoctoral Researcher additionally will lead data analysis and manuscript writing as data are collected. The scholar will also be encouraged to develop and conduct independent research.

The annual stipend and benefits will be commensurate with UCR guidelines and in accordance with experience and qualifications. The approximate start date is July 1, 2022, but later start dates can be considered. Postdoc salary will be $54,540-$65,292 depending on experience.

Minimum Requirements: PhD in Psychology or a related discipline, Experience coordinating a project that involves multiple individuals with varying levels of expertise, Excellent written and oral communication skills, Proficiency with statistical analysis; Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds; Fluency in Spanish.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research, and Statement of Past/Present Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and the names of 3 references. Please apply at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01555. References will be contacted for letters separately. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be emailed to Dr. Rebekah Richert (rebekah.richert@ucr.edu).

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

-PhD in Psychology or a related discipline
-Excellent written communication skills
-Proficiency with statistical analysis

Preferred qualifications

-Experience in cross-cultural research
-Experience in developmental psychology research
-Fluency in Spanish

UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information for 3-5 letters of recommendation writers

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01555

Help contact: rebekah.richert@ucr.edu

Campus Information

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19). All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA 92521