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Cognitive Science Academic Employment

LPSOE Neuroscience Recruitment




The Department of Cognitive Science ( within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We invite applications for a tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position in Neuroscience. We interpret this area broadly and invite candidates who can provide students with strong foundations in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, systems neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and cognitive science. We are especially interested in candidates who will flourish in a Cognitive Science Department, and whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within an academic setting.

The Assistant Teaching Professor is also known within the UC as an LPSOE (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment). The LPSOE series parallels the research-focused series but with emphasis upon excellence in teaching and other instruction-related activities. Individuals in the position are expected to provide outstanding teaching as well as to engage in professional activity (which can include research on pedagogy) and service related to the pedagogical mission of the department and university. This appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate.

Interdisciplinary perspective and experience with multiple modern methodologies are particularly valued. The preferred candidate will have strong, demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity. Candidates will be favored who will contribute to instruction-related activities (e.g. conducting TA training, developing curricula, creating instructional resources, employing new technologies) at the campus, statewide, and national level.

Assistant Professor in Language and Cognition

Associate Professor in Language and Cognition

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.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the Institutional Reference Check release form entitled “Authorization to Release Form” into RECRUIT as part of their application.

Temporary Lecturer 2022/2023 - Cognitive Science

Job #JPF03211

  • Social Sciences - COGNITIVE SCIENCE


Open date: April 15th, 2022

Next review date: Friday, April 25, 2022, at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, December 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm (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.


The Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego is committed to continuing a tradition of excellence in its faculty and invites applications from candidates who can contribute to that tradition.

The department is accepting applications for temporary non-tenure track lecturers (Unit 18) to teach for the 2022-2023 academic year. Teaching duties will include upper- and lower-division undergraduate classes in the areas of computational methods and modeling, human-computer interaction, human-centered design, language or culture and cognition, neuroscience (cognitive, behavioral, theoretical, and/or systems), and clinical aspects of cognitive science. In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include (but are not limited to) managing teaching assistants, holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining course websites.

Lecturers teaching large courses are expected to work with and mentor student teaching assistants. The number of positions and courses varies across academic quarters, depending on the curriculum needs of the Department. Positions typically start at the beginning of an academic quarter, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, performance and the Department's mandate to maintain intellectual diversity. UCSD and the Department of Cognitive Science are committed to maintaining a diverse faculty and promoting an inclusive and tolerant environment.

Course descriptions can be found at

Candidates must have, at minimum, a Master's degree in the area of Cognitive Science and/or related fields by the start date of the position.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity;
  • Prior university level experience in teaching undergraduate courses;
  • Outstanding teaching evaluations
  • Experience teaching large classroom sizes (more than 100 students);
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in the area of Cognitive Science and/or related fields.

Appointments will be part-time or full-time, up to a total of two courses per quarter, from one quarter up to one year in duration.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2022. The posting will remain open for the duration of the year to accommodate upcoming course needs or until the position is filled.

To be considered, applicants must submit applications electronically at 

UCSD is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


La Jolla, CA


More information about this recruitment:


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

  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

  • Statement of Teaching/Teaching Philosophy - Summarize teaching experience, quality of teaching in classroom and student mentoring, and other instructional-related activities.

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness - Example: provide summaries of teaching evaluations (within the last 2 years) such as CAPEs if you taught at UCSD previously.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Transcript - Include a transcript if your terminal degree is outside of cognitive science.

  • Syllabus - Provide a sample of course syllabi from classes you have taught in the last two years.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. 

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