January 22, 2014

Postdoc Position at Wake Forest University

The Psychology Department at Wake Forest University (supervisors: William Fleeson and Mike Furr, and collaboration with Elizabeth Arnold) has a post-doctoral position opening in personality/clinical psychology beginning in spring/summer 2013 (starting date depends on individual requirements). 
The position is with an NIMH-funded examination of intra-personal and inter-personal mechanisms underlying borderline personality disorder, personality, behavior, and affect.  This five-year project adopts an integrative “person-situation” perspective on the daily-life factors that trigger behavior, emotion, and the symptoms of borderline personality disorder.  It has a longitudinal component for investigating transactional processes and an interpersonal component for focusing on the links between perceptions, “normal” personality, and personality pathology.  The project is large and multi-faceted, such that the individual filling this position should be able to tailor his or her work to his or her questions of interest. The data include experience-sampling on hundreds of participants, the full spectrum of disorder severity and backgrounds, racial diversity, informant reports, questionnaires, clinical diagnoses, and EAR data. Two waves of data have now been collected, creating a wide range of opportunities for publication. This position is well-suited for researchers in Personality/Social Psychology who are interested in personality dynamics, personality traits, environment-personality interactions, interpersonal processes, and/or the normal-abnormal spectrum. This position is well-suited for researchers in Clinical Psychology who are interested in borderline personality disorder, emotion- and stress-regulation dynamics, the continuity of disorder with normal personality, childhood antecedents of disorder, life quality consequences of disorder, and/or environment-person transactions sustaining or ameliorating borderline personality disorder.   Primary work will be writing for publication, identifying specific research questions, conducting statistical analyses, and possibly conducting clinical interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with an ideal employment start in spring of 2014.  To apply for the position, please visit www.wfu.edu/hr/careers and supply a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests, and please arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted. Please feel free to email Will (FleesonW@wfu.edu) or Mike (FurrRM@wfu.edu) with any questions.

Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, NC.  The Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina has a population of more than 1.5 million people, it includes 11 four-year colleges/universities, and it has a very reasonable cost of living.  In addition, it is within one-to-five hours of Washington DC, Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charleston, Knoxville, the Research Triangle area (including UNC, Duke, NC State, and the SAS Institute), the Appalachian Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean. Wake Forest welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Additional information about the department and the university is available atwww.wfu.edu/psychology.

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