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August 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Virginia Tech

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College of Science
Academy of Integrated Science - Economics
Associate or Full Professor in Behavioral Decision Science

JOE ID Number: 2019-02_111463349
Date Posted: 09/17/2019
Date Inactive: 01/31/2020
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Associate or Full Professor in Behavioral Decision Science
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C9 -- Design of Experiments
D1 -- Household Behavior and Family Economics
D8 -- Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
D9 -- Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
Behavioral Decision Science
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Academy of Integrated Science ( within the College of Science at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time faculty position beginning in August 2020 at the Associate or Full Professor level with tenure (rank will be commensurate with qualifications.). The successful candidate will help to build and advance our planned undergraduate program in Behavioral Decision Science, which is grounded in theories and methods drawn from psychology, economics, and neuroscience. We are particularly interested in an exceptional scholar who can make a substantial contribution to interdisciplinary efforts in this area. The ideal candidate will be well-suited for a leadership role in behavioral decision science and will hold a primary appointment in either the Department of Psychology or the Department of Economics. Applicants should have a history of top-rated publications in research and/or theoretical areas aligned with behavioral decision science (e.g., health, judgment and decision making, consumer behavior, marketing, scarcity, policy, risk perception and communication). Research should demonstrate the potential to make real-life impact by providing practitioners and policy makers the necessary tools (e.g., nudges) to improve well-being and effective decision making both within and outside organizations. There are potential collaborations with one or more of the following research centers at Virginia Tech: Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (; Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (; Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute ( Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Virginia Tech and the College of Science. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to broadening participation and advancing equity and inclusion. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The new hire will be expected to establish or continue the development of scholarly activities and professional capabilities, conduct research, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, participate in department, college, and university governance, and occasionally be required to travel to professional meetings and conferences.

Job requirements: Applicants must have a strong record of scholarship related to Behavioral Decision Science, including a Ph.D. in a relevant field of science. Additionally, applicants must be dedicated to interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate level, committed to teaching a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests and abilities, and sensitive to issues of diversity in the university community.

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 veteran 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. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231- 2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 10/21/2019
Reference Instructions:
Provide contact information for three references to be contacted if needed.
Application Instructions:
Search for posting #511004. Should include (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching experience and philosophy, (4) summary of research experience and future plans, (5) a description of any previous activities in expanding the diversity of the scientific community (such as mentoring members of under-represented groups) and of the applicant’s plans to build a culturally diverse educational environment at Virginia Tech ( Applicants should also provide contact information for three references. The review of applications will begin on October 21, 2019. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must provide an official Ph.D. transcript and pass a criminal background check. Questions regarding the position can be directed by Email to Prof. Michel Pleimling, Behavioral Decision Science Faculty Search Committee Chair, at

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify Amanda Shepheard in the Academy of Integrated Science (Email:, Tel: 540- 231-3647).