Assistant to Associate Professor in Early Childhood Psychopathology Research – Northwestern University

Assistant to Associate Professor in Early Childhood Psychopathology Research – Northwestern University

Assistant to Associate Professor in Early Childhood Psychopathology Research

The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor Level. MSS was established in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. David Cella. The Department provides a unique scientific home for applied researchers who integrate biomedical and social science approaches to improvement of health, with strong emphasis on measurement science, and developmental origins of disease.

The faculty member will be affiliated with the MSS Developmental Mechanisms Program, directed by Lauren Wakschlag, PhD. The Developmental Mechanisms Program houses multiple NIH funded studies focused on phenomenology and mechanisms of early childhood psychopathology. We are seeking candidates with a program of research that will complement this focus and lead to novel applications of the Program’s scientific portfolio on preschool psychopathology at the interface of developmental science and clinical research. A cornerstone of this translational research program is creating and validating novel developmentally-sensitive measurement tools for accurate identification of disruptive behavior in preschool children.  We are particularly interested in translational scientists, whose research will advance the application of these tools to early identification, prevention and treatment, including linkage to underlying mechanisms.

The Developmental Mechanisms Program is also a partner in the Northwestern University Interdisciplinary Innovation in Developmental Education and Science (NUIIDEAS) initiative, a cross-campus integrative network designed to serve as an umbrella for the more than 100 interdisciplinary researchers at NU whose scientific activities are focused on early development and its implications for lifespan health and wellbeing. Together MSS and NUIIDEAS provide a rich platform for developmental psychopathology research including a diverse and broad scientific portfolio of basic and applied developmentally-oriented studies, expertise in multi-level assessment methods ranging from neuroscience to psychometrics, and collaborative relationships across Northwestern’s biomedical and life sciences campuses.

Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publications and a history of extramural funding or exceptional promise commensurate with their career trajectory.  Candidates should have a doctoral degree in a clinical or health science discipline, and must have expertise in early childhood. Experience or expertise in dissemination is also a plus. MSS has a highly collaborative culture in which multiple investigators have opportunities to work in tandem on large-scale outcomes and team science research. Thus, a collaborative orientation and skill at interdisciplinary team science are desirable. Participation in Departmental training activities and University service are also expected and valued. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and credentials.  This is a full-time, continuing position. Start date is flexible.

Applications will be considered until positions are filled.  Additional information about the Department of Medical Social Sciences and the Developmental Mechanisms Program can be viewed at

Please send a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, representative reprints and names of three references to Search Chair, Laurie Wakschlag, c/o of Robin Morrissey at  Please reference search #22446 in the subject line of the email.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.