Careers in Parapsychology/Psychical Research

Job Openings at the Division of Perceptual Studies:


We have a newly posted salaried research position at UVA DOPS. Please see the description here, and see this link regarding how to apply through the UVA JOBS website. The posting number for this position is pending on the UVA JOBS website. 

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a new Research Position at the University of Virginia, Division of Perceptual Studies in Collaboration with The Monroe Institute.

The research position is based at UVA DOPS in our Charlottesville offices, and is supervised by  Ross Dunseath, Ph.d., Co-director of the UVA DOPS Westphal Neuroimaging Lab.

Minimum requirements for the research position: Masters degree in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, mind-body medicine or a related discipline.

The position involves working on research projects of interest to both DOPS and The Monroe Institute (TMI), located in Faber, VA.  Four days per week, the researcher will be at TMI and one day at DOPS.  Research projects include EEG data collection from program participants at TMI engaged in remote viewing (RV) or out-of-body (OBE) activities.  TMI also has an ongoing 19-channel EEG study measuring steady-state evoked potentials from two types of audio stimulation.  A third area of interest is the measure of correlates, both physiological and novel, of so-called “subtle energy”.

This position is open until filled. Click here for a more complete description of the position.

Careers in Parapsychology/Psychical Research

Opportunities for making a full-time career in parapsychology are very rare, since there are presently many more qualified people wishing to work in the field than there are funds for their support. Opportunities do exist, however.

Carlos Alvarado Ph.D., one of our respected colleagues in the field, has valuable information to offer regarding careers in parapsychology.

Nancy Zingrone Ph.D., another of our respected research colleagues, offers important information about basic literacy in the field of parapsychology.  In this article, she outlines the body of literature which serves as a solid foundation for those students and professionals who aspire to build a career in the field of parapsychology.

Self-directed Reading Curriculum

Our respected UVA DOPS colleague Emily Kelly Ph.D., has written a self-paced reading curriculum for those seeking to educated themselves in the scope of the research being done at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies.

University Based Research Units

UVA DOPS is one of a limited number of University-based research units in the world investigating similar paranormal phenomena. Some of the other research centers are at, the University of Arizona Center for Consciousness Studies the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Hertfordshire in England. The researchers at the University of Virginia’s unit have a special interest in studying the evidence for survival of consciousness after death.

The University of West Georgia offers BS, MA, and PhD degrees. The doctoral program emphasizes “Consciousness and Society.” Their programs incorporate existential, phenomenological, transpersonal, contemplative, critical, sociocultural, feminist, and depth psychologies. They emphasize a human science approach, qualitative methods, community praxis, cultural studies, social justice, consciousness studies, *parapsychology*, human potentiality, and spirituality.

Psychical Research Being Done Throughout the World:

For more information about the psychical research being done at other research facilities throughout the world, please refer to the list of Accredited Colleges and Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom found on the Parapsychology Foundation. Another resource that may be helpful is the Parapsychological Association website.