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 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Institution/Organization: UMass Amherst
Job Location: Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Job Type: Postdoctoral
Contact Person: Dr. Bernard Leidner
Date Posted: June 29th, 2017
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Postdoctoral Position in Social Psychology
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The War and Peace Lab ( directed by Professor Bernhard Leidner, situated in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate beginning in September 2017, with opportunity for renewal contingent on excellent performance and availability of funding.

POSITION DESCRIPTION. The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Leidner on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Binational U.S.-Israel Science Foundation, examining how the suffering or perpetration of intergroup violence in the past can facilitate or prevent intergroup violence in the present and future. In collaboration with Dr. Leidner, as well as Co-PIs Dr. Gilad Hirschberger (IDC Herzliya, Israel) and Dr. Jiyoung Park (UT Dallas), the postdoc will develop research questions, design studies to test them, analyze results, and write up manuscripts and grant proposals stemming from this project. Studies will include survey, behavioral, and autonomic psychophysiological measures (e.g., cardiovascular indices of threat and challenge; for more information on the project, see the project abstract). The postdoc will further assist the PI with management of the grant/project and lab, including supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

QUALIFICATIONS. Qualified candidates must have: a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline by the time of appointment; a strong track record of research on topics such as conflict, aggression/violence, reconciliation, threat, and/or social identification in intergroup contexts; experience conducting survey and behavioral experiments; experience with psychophysiological testing and analysis (e.g., impedance cardiography); excellent methodological and quantitative/statistical skills (e.g., conditional indirect effects modeling, structural equation modeling), as well as organizational skills (e.g., collection and management of large datasets); excellent manuscript and emerging grant writing skills.

This is an ideal position for a new PhD looking to spend their time strengthening their research portfolio and publishing peer-reviewed articles with close mentoring from the PI. The postdoc will have many opportunities to practice other skills such as presenting and networking at national and international conferences in order to prepare for an independent career. The project will provide funded opportunities for domestic and international travels to collaborator/research and conference sites. In addition to collaborating on the NSF/BSF-funded project mentioned above, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work on other projects, and to write new grants in collaboration with the PI.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please apply online at by submitting a cover letter; CV; a 2-3 page personal/research statement containing biographic information, relevant research experience, and career goals; up to three sample publications; and the contact details of three referees. Review of applications will begin August 7, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Bernhard Leidner by email (

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive community of faculty, students, and staff with the conviction that such an environment catalyzes learning and cultivates ethical, informed, and prepared citizens. We are especially interested in qualified candidates whose teaching and service reflect engagement with varied perspectives and constituencies. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, teaching or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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