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Assistant Professor Positions - Clinical Science

Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific


Assistant Professor Positions - Clinical Science

  • 521908
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Psychology
  • Instructional / Teaching Faculty
  • Research / Scientific
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The Department of Psychology, College of Science, at Virginia Tech invites applications for two Assistant Professor, tenure-track faculty positions in Clinical Science to begin August 2023 in our nationally recognized (2017 ABCT Outstanding Training Program) and dually accredited (APA and PCSAS) doctoral program.

We welcome applications from individuals conducting research in any area of clinical psychology, including but not limited to stress and adaptation; developmental psychopathology, including autism and other child/adolescent disorders; risk and trauma; prevention/intervention programs or the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices; family, community, and global contexts; socioemotional and/or neurocognitive functioning; health and opportunity disparities; culture and psychopathology. Our department values a wide range of methods and approaches, including neurobiological (e.g. fMRI/EEG/ERP), sociocultural, translational, computational, qualitative, big-data, and community engaged research. Similarly, skills in advanced statistical expertise are of interest. All applicants are expected to have a strong and fundable program of research and to contribute to both graduate and undergraduate supervision and instruction in clinical science. Individuals studying the effects of adversity, social determinants, race/ethnicity, discrimination, neurodiversity, or those whose work samples predominantly under-represented or minoritized populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Located at the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the clinical science program has three in-house training clinics: the Psychological Services Center, Child Study Center, and Autism Clinic/Center for Autism Research. Candidates should be licensed or license-eligible in Virginia, and will be expected to supervise clinical practicum, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor undergraduate and doctoral students, and engage in department, college, and university-level service activities. As a hub discipline, research in the Clinical Science area aligns with several of the university’s Transdisciplinary Communities/Strategic Growth Areas (https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination_areas.html), most notably Adaptive Brain and Behavior across the lifespan, Data and Decisions, Global Systems Science, Policy, and Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition. The University has also invested in major strategically focused research frontiers, bringing together diverse expertise that transcends traditional discipline boundaries, including Artificial Intelligence, Health, National Security and Quantum Computing (https://www.research.vt.edu/research-frontiers.html).

Consistent with Virginia Tech’s land grant mission, the Clinical Science area is dedicated to public health and service, which allows successful candidates to have potential collaborations across the university, including the Virginia Tech School of Medicine, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, School of Neuroscience, School of Public and International Affairs, Master of Public Health Program, the Center for Transformative Health Behavior, and the Center for Rural Education. For more information about the Department, College, and University, see http://www.psyc.vt.edu/, http://www.cos.vt.edu/, http://www.vt.edu/index.html and http://www.provost.vt.edu/.

Required Qualifications

We seek clinical scientists with an exemplary track record in research, including obtaining (or potential for obtaining) extramural funding. Candidates must hold a doctorate in Psychology or allied discipline by the time of appointment, and must be licensed or license eligible in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Candidates will be expected to develop an innovative research program, evidenced by a record of high quality publications and external research support, combined with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate level teaching and mentorship.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference is for candidates with doctoral training in clinical psychology or clinical science. Candidates who can contribute to an overarching department initiative to enhance diversity and our understanding of diversity are particularly encouraged to apply. We have special interest in applicants whose research programs intersect with the other graduate concentrations in the department (Developmental Science, Biological Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology).

Materials Submission

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. John Richey, Chair, Clinical Search Committee, Williams Hall, 890 Drillfield Dr., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Tel: (540) 231-1453, Email: richey@vt.edu. Applications must be submitted online at www.jobs.vt.edu (posting # 521908). Applications should include:

(1) a cover letter,
(2) curriculum vitae,
(3) a statement of research interests,
(4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy of teaching,
(5) a personal diversity statement discussing any previous activities aimed at expanding the diversity and/or mentoring of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, or members of other underrepresented or marginalized groups (e.g., supporting the LGBTQIA+ community), as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment (http://www.diversity.vt.edu),
(6) three relevant publications, and
(7) three letters of reference.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 10, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Michelle Wooddell at mwooddel@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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