Careers in Parapsychology/Psychical Research

Job Opening at the Division of Perceptual Studies:

We are pleased to announce a rare job opportunity for a full time support staff position at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies in our EEG lab in Charlottesville, VA.

Job Description:

The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, invites applications for a Research Specialist position.

The successful candidate will assist senior researchers in the DOPS neuroimaging laboratory, which uses EEG, transcranial optical imaging, and fMRI to study altered states of consciousness and paranormal (“psi”) abilities in exceptional research participants. Duties will include interacting with subjects, preparing and running experimental sessions, and preliminary or routine analyses of the resulting large datasets. Opportunities will also be provided as appropriate for acquiring higher-level skills and for participating in the development of oral and written presentations. There are no clinical responsibilities associated with this position.
Qualified applicants will possess an undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, engineering or related field. Postgraduate education and/or research experience in relevant areas are preferred and will also be considered.

To apply, click on this link to view the UVA job description Research Specialist-DOPS and to find the access to the application process on the UVA Jobs website, or visit and search for posting number #0621844.

Complete a candidate application online, attach a cover letter and resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled. This position was originally posted on October 4th, 2017.


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.

Also, 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

DOPS is one of a little over a dozen University-based research units in the world investigating similar paranormal phenomena. Some of the other research centers are at Princeton University, 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 after death.

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.