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Associate Director, MindCORE & Cognitive Science

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director, MindCORE & Cognitive Science

Job Profile Title
Associate Director B

Job Description Summary
The Associate Director is responsible for supporting students studying within the Cognitive Science program plus outreach activities under MindCORE at the University of Pennsylvania.

Job Description

MindCORE (Mind Center for Outreach, Research, and Education) was established as one of the School of Arts and Sciences' key endeavors under the "Mapping the Mind" initiative identified in the School's strategic plan, Foundations and Frontiers. Designed to unite researchers, programs, and initiatives involving human intelligence and behavior across the University, and with roots in the success of the former Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, MindCORE officially launched January 2018.

A main focus of our center is to catalyze new research on the mind and foster innovative collaborations between different departments and centers within Penn Arts & Sciences, as well as with other Penn schools including the Perelman School of Medicine, Wharton, Engineering, and the Annenberg School for Communication. MindCORE helps consolidate these activities within one umbrella organization and supports them strategically with resources such as seed funds, technology, staffing, and programming to make them more efficient, visible and impactful.

MindCORE participates in a variety of outreach programs, including lectures, partnerships with local museums and community organizations, and community science initiatives, to engage the academic community and the public.

MindCORE facilitates more interaction among a number of brain- and behavior-related undergraduate programs including psychology, biology, linguistics, and Biological Basis of Behavior and is home to the Cognitive Science major. In addition, there are opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research and disseminate the results.

Duties:

This position will serve as the main point of contact for students enrolled in the Cognitive Science Major within the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Housed within MindCORE, Penn's Center for the integrative study of the mind, this position will report to the Faculty Director for Cognitive Science on matters related to the major, and to the Executive Director of MindCORE for student research experiences and outreach as part of the MindCORE staff team.

The Associate Director responsibilities include:
  • Prepare and teach one cognitive science class each year. Prepare assessments and examinations, update and maintain class websites, hold weekly office hours.
  • Advise students, maintain student records, maintain course listings, add/update Lecturer, TA and LA appointments and reappointments and timesheets, certify students for Fall/Spring graduation. Oversee administration of student research funds.
  • Manage recruitment events (majors fair, open house, etc.), graduation reception, student awards, and any student councils to support the major.
  • Advise and support student research activities in Cognitive Science (independent studies, capstones, and semester and summer research experiences) under MindCORE including recruitment, selection, supervision, and program tracking and evaluation.
  • Plan and coordinate MindCORE outreach activities in support of student and faculty interest.


QUALIFICATIONS:

A PhD Degree in a field related to Cognitive Science (psychology, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, etc.) is required. Laboratory experience essential, and proven administrative, scientific and management skills, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIAL:

Candidates should upload a teaching statement in addition to their resume when applying.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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