Job Opportunities




Department of Psychology of Middle East Technical University invites applications for full-time open rank positions in cognitive psychology and clinical psychology areas. The successful candidates must either be a Ph.D. recipient or should receive their degree by the application deadline. They must have demonstrated a potential for academic excellence in both teaching and research productivity.


The typical teaching load is two courses per term. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, develop a strong research program, and supervise both Master’s and Ph.D. level research. A proven record of a good command of written and spoken English is also required as this is the medium of instruction in all METU programs.


Interested candidates are invited to submit a single pdf file including CV, publication list, outline of current and future research interests, teaching philosophy, clinical service statement (applicants of clinical area only), and also, name and e-mail address of three recommenders, who may provide a detailed assessment of the candidate’s academic achievements. Applicants who have their Ph.D. degrees from a university in Turkey can obtain additional information from the following link: http://pdb.metu.edu.tr/yardimci-docentlik-ilk-atama-sosyal-ve-idari-bilimler. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately.


METU is one of Turkey's most competitive universities in Turkey. Each year, among the students taking the National University Entrance Examination (NUEE), over 1/3 of the top 1000 applicants attend METU. Most of the departments at METU accept only the top 1% of approximately 1.5 million applicants taking the NUEE. Department of Psychology typically accepts undergraduate applicants from the top 4500 rank.


Applicants for Cognitive Psychology:


Applicants are expected to have a solid research background with a strong publication record in Cognitive Psychology. Members of the department are expected to pursue a vigorous research program, attract external research funding, and contribute strongly to the department’s teaching program both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Applicants for Clinical Psychology:


Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology or counseling psychology (with an emphasis in clinical specialization). Experience in delivering individual and/or group psychotherapy is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be expected to provide clinical supervision in Turkish, chair master’s and doctoral theses, teach graduate level clinical assessment and psychotherapy theory courses, and teach undergraduate courses such as adult psychopathology and personality theories.


Important Note: Offer of position is subject to the sanction of the relevant government agency.





Application and Reference Letter Upload Form


For the Applicant

  • All fields have to be filled.
  • Your application form (i.e single PDF file that you will upload) should contain the followings:
    • CV
    • A publication list
    • Outline of current and future research interests
    • Teaching philosophy
    • Clinical service statement (applicants of clinical area only)


  • Please make sure that you supply valid e-mail addresses for both yourself and recommenders.
  • All e-mail addresses will receive a confirmation e-mail from the board. Therefore, please double check them before you click the submit button.
  • Please include country code in the phone number.



For the Recommender

  • All fields have to be filled.
  • Please put your e-mail address from which you have recieved the invitation for recommendation.
  • The reference letter should preferably be written on an institution letterhead and saved as PDF. You don't need to physically sign and scan the file. If you have an appropriate tool you could instead PDF-sign it.



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  • If some text fields produce errors you may then use corresponding Latin characters.
  • All three e-mail addresses have to be different (if not fields will be colored in red)
  • Make sure that you enter a correct capthca code (five alphanumeric characters from the image)
  • The file that will be uploaded should be in PDF format and it should be less than 10 Mbyte in size.
  • If all above is done accordingly, then please click once to Apply


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