University of California, Merced — Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of Quantitative Psychology

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff. 

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region. 

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced. 

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts invites applications for one new faculty position at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Associate Professor (tenured), or Full Professor (tenured) in Quantitative Psychology. Candidates in all areas of Quantitative Psychology are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in applicants who embrace both Bayesian and frequentist perspectives. Examples of possible research areas include: psychometrics, data mining, big data, dynamical systems, intensive longitudinal analysis, functional data analysis, fMRI, social networks, and nonparametric statistics. Those who can fill in gaps of current faculty’s expertise and those who can strengthen the current expertise are equally welcome. This is a unique opportunity for an individual to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus and to engage in long-term program building. We seek outstanding scholars who will establish and maintain creative research programs; participate in creating a multi- faculty specialization in Quantitative Psychology at UC Merced; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research; and, teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in quantitative psychology, educational statistics, or a closely related field by the position start date. Senior candidates will have a strong record of publication; and, demonstrable interest in obtaining external funding. 

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2019. 

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than October 19, 2018, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) five publication reprints; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. 

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. The letter writers will electronically upload the letters into the application system after the candidate has submitted the application material (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than October 23, 2018. 

Applicants for the Associate/Full Professor level should include a list of three references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time. 

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. 

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales. For additional information, please contact Sarah Depaoli at Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

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