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Associate Professor in Language and Cognition

Application Window

Open date: December 21st, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 17, 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

We invite applications for an Associate Professor (with tenure) position in the Cognitive Science Department (

We are looking for candidates who specialize in language and cognition and have made original research contributions in their area. We are especially interested in scientists who have an inter/cross-disciplinary perspective and apply integrative approaches to understand language and cognition at various levels (theoretical, experimental, computational). The successful candidate will be expected to lead an independent research program and supervise trainees in cognitive science at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego boasts a broadly interdisciplinary faculty that has experienced substantial, rapid growth in recent years. The department places a strong emphasis on teaching and undergraduate education.

Cognitive Science faculty have research interests in a diverse set of phenomena, including affect, cognitive development, creativity, decision making, individual differences, executive function, gesture, language, learning and memory, math, music perception, vision, reasoning, and social interaction. We often combine multiple methodological and theoretical approaches, including behavioral neuroscience, comparative cognition, computational epigenomics, computational neuroscience, control theory, data science, electrophysiology, experimental psychology, eye tracking, field work, genomics, image processing, linguistic methodologies, machine learning, neuroimaging, and psychophysics.

Appointments will begin July 1, 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of
California pay scales.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in their area of expertise.
Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred candidate will exhibit strong evidence of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to participate in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to excellence in a diverse and inclusive academic environment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - Describes experience teaching and/or mentoring at the university level and includes a list of courses the candidate is qualified to teach or has taught.

  • Publications - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Other Creative Work - Provide videos, demos or press coverage of other creative work (optional).

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( for more information.

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

Contact information of whom they would consider independent who can provide reference letters upon request.

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