The DOPS Mission
Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is a highly productive university-based research group devoted to the investigation of phenomena that challenge mainstream scientific paradigms regarding the nature of the mind/brain relationship. Researchers at DOPS are focused on studying phenomena related to consciousness functioning beyond the confines of the physical body, and phenomena that suggest the continuation of consciousness after physical death.
DOPS researchers objectively document and rigorously analyze empirical data collected regarding human experiences which suggest that mind and brain may be distinct and separable and that consciousness may persist in detectable ways beyond bodily death.
It is our hope that other scientists will join us in addressing the serious study of the nature of consciousness and its interaction with the physical world.
1) Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, Research Faculty, UVA DOPS. DOPS is currently seeking a full-time research faculty member. The successful candidate will conduct research at the Division of Perceptual Studies with a focus on human consciousness surviving post-mortem, known as “Afterlife Studies”. This research will include modeling and statistical analysis of two large databases of cases, one involving near-death experiences and the other reports of past-life memories. Design and completion of new studies on these and related anomalous phenomena will be expected. There are no clinical responsibilities associated with this position.
Qualified applicants will possess a Doctoral degree in Psychology/Cognitive Science or a related field. Necessary relevant experience includes conducting research and data analysis in psychological experiments and manuscript writing, and a background in statistics is required. In addition, experience in research involving both near-death experiences and past-life memories is preferred.
For more information about this position and the process for applying, please see the UVA job listing for Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, Research Faculty
2) A RARE OPPORTUNITY! The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, is seeking applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The position can include 20-25% time in the Division of Perceptual Studies, working on studies of children who report memories of previous lives.
For more information, please contact DOPS Director, Dr. Jim Tucker (email@example.com) and/or review and apply for the position here: Assistant/Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (myworkdayjobs.com)
3) UVA DOPS EEG LAB IS SEEKING A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE. The Ray Westphal Neuroimaging Laboratory, Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, is seeking a postdoctoral candidate who can effectively contribute to and carry out the ongoing research in our EEG lab. The research efforts of the DOPS EEG lab revolve around intensive functional neuroimaging studies of paranormal or “psi” processes and psi-conducive altered states of consciousness in human subjects who demonstrate consistent exceptional psi abilities. Both EEG and fNIRS studies are utilized in the lab.
For more information about this position and the process for applying, please see the UVA job listing for Postdoctoral Research Associate.