Open Positions

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY is seeking an outstanding scientist to fill one full-time, Assistant Professor, tenure track positions in Psychology beginning August, 2017.  Area of specialization in biopsychology, comparative psychology, or evolutionary psychology is preferred, and ideal candidates will have a strong background and research expertise in the biological bases of behavior, broadly defined (e.g., genetic contributions to behavior, psychoneuroendocrinology, cognitive or social neuroscience). Candidates are expected to have a strong background in and dedication to scholarly activity, and to interact well with colleagues and students. They must also demonstrate the capacity to maintain a high quality research program leading to scholarly productivity in the form of professional publications, presentations, and grantsmanship. Competitive salary and start-up funds are available.     

Candidates will be expected to serve as a research mentor for doctoral students, to supervise undergraduate research, and to provide quality classroom instruction for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Typical teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in biological bases of behavior and neuroscience, and research methods at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has a shared laboratory space with facilities and equipment to support current scientists exploring genetic and endocrine contributions to behavior that would be available to new faculty. The Department currently lacks facilities to support fMRI research.

The Department has 22 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D.s in experimental psychology and clinical psychology. The clinical program, continuously APA-accredited since 1971, is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training. The Department offers training to a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body (30% minority enrollment) of approximately 50 doctoral students and 600 undergraduate majors. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department website at

OSU is located in Stillwater, OK, an environmentally clean, safe, pleasant city of 45,000 located in north central Oklahoma, approximately 70 miles from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stillwater public schools were recently selected as one of the “100 Best Public School Systems in America,” and the city has excellent affordable housing.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2016.
However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that interviewing will begin in late November or early December. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, vita, reprints/preprints, summary of course evaluations/evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation (letter writers who prefer to send directly may use the address or email below). The application portfolio, compiled as a single PDF file, should be uploaded to the application portal at Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven, Chair, Biopsychology Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 116 North Murray, Stillwater, OK 74078-3064; (405) 744-2914;

Oklahoma State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/E-verify Employer, committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have acquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.