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Postdoctoral Scholar - Social Inequality, Department of Psychology

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Psychology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Social Inequality, Department of Psychology

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at the University of Washington invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar who will work with Dr. Clara Wilkins on research related to social inequality. Candidates should have background in prejudice, discrimination, intergroup relations, and ideally interest in designing and implementing interventions or conducting field work. This position will be expected to provide high quality mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting the success of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in academia. This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-months/year, with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and employee benefits will be provided.  We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive departmental climate. You can learn more about our department at:  http://www.psych.uw.etedu/psych.php?p=10.  Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree, or foreign equivalent, in Psychology, Neuroscience, Genetics or a related field by the start of the appointment.

The ideal candidates will have

  • Strong experimental design, writing, and data analysis experience
  • Expertise in the topics of prejudice, discrimination, and intergroup relations. (Interest in religion and/or LGBTQ+ identity are a plus).
  • Strong track record of successful mentoring
  • Candidates should work well independently and collaboratively and have strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with open and reproducible science (e.g. preregistration, OSF)



Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2022  and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications will be reviewed thoughtfully and will remain under consideration until the position is filled. The start date is ideally the beginning of winter quarter, but there is some flexibility. Applications must be submitted electronically through Interfolio.  

Applications should include: 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names of two faculty members who can be contacted for letters of recommendation (do not send actual letters)
  • A 2-3 page personal statement highlighting past (especially relevant) research experience and career goals
  • A 1 page diversity statement describing leadership, experiences, and/or interests in engaging in activities that increase inclusion and equity
  • A writing sample


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