Employment opportunities can be posted by SNE members and will be listed for a maximum of one month or until the position is filled. Please contact the individual institutions directly for more information.
Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Affective Neuroscience
A postdoctoral position is available in the Social, Affective and Ecological Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Professor Dean Mobbs) and Neuroeconomics lab (PI: Professor Colin Camerer) in Caltech’s Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Research will study the theoretical, computational and neurobiological basis of decision-making, emotion, reward, and social valuation in healthy populations. Focus will be on the application of models from behavioral ecology and the use of fMRI, computational modeling from psychological game theory, machine learning and network analysis. This position will take advantage of Caltech’s broad expertise in these fields. Candidates are expected to: plan, design, collect and analyze data, draft, and bring manuscripts to publication in leading journals.
Appointment is contingent upon completion of a PhD and relevant research experience that includes the tools and topics listed above. Salary is commensurate with experience. This postdoc appointment will run for a period of two-years with a start ASAP (with flexibility). Applications are accepted beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a CV, 2-page statement of research interests, up to two papers, and two potential references to: or Search Chair (), Postdoc in Computational Affect Neuroscience, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech 228-77, Pasadena, CA 91125.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Post-doctoral position: reinforcement learning mechanisms of language acquisition
Our groups at the École Normale Supérieure are seeking a candidate for a 2-year postdoctoral position. Successful applicants will be part of an interdisciplinary project involving the Équipe de Neuropsycholoigie Interventionnelle (Inserm U955) and the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives (Inserm U960), funded by Labex IEC program. The project is aimed at understanding the contribution reinforcement processes in language acquisition and will involve the design of an artificial grammar-learning paradigm, computational-model based analyses of functional imaging. The position is available from April 1st 2017 and has to be filled within 2017. Applicants should have a PhD degree or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree.
We seek candidates with proven experience in computational modeling and an interest in computational linguistics. A prior background in the design of cognitive tasks and functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses would be desirable.
Applications should include a CV, a brief statement of research experience and interests, academic achievements and names of at least 2 referees. Please, send your application electronically to Maria Giavazzi and Stefano Palminteri .
Cornell Law School is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to collaborate with and contribute to Professors Valerie Hans’s and Valerie Reyna’s National Science Foundation-funded research project on Quantitative Judgments in Law: Studies of Damage Award Decision Making. The Postdoctoral Associate will have office space in the Law School.
The position encompasses a full range of research and lab management responsibilities spanning jury decision making, numeracy and quantitative reasoning. The postdoctoral associate position will begin in fall 2017 and is for a one-year term. This position is benefits-eligible.
Responsibilities include: coordinating and running experiments; monitoring research task progress; assisting in selecting, training and supervising lab personnel; data acquisition; data analysis; preparing IRB documentation; assisting with manuscripts and reports; and other research-related tasks as assigned.
The successful candidate will have a combination of education, training, and experience along with strong research and quantitative skills. Candidates should have a relevant Ph.D. and/or a law degree (J.D.) completed by June 1, 2017.
Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, and one or more writing samples immediately to Liz Flint (). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The cover letter should include: your interest in this position and Drs. Hans’s and Reyna’s research and how it fits with your career objectives; your experience providing research support; your organizational skills and experience with coordinating projects; training and experience with statistical analysis; and an example of how you have taken initiative to solve a work-related problem.
About Cornell Law School:
Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession. Cornell Law School and the Department of Human Development at Cornell University jointly administer the Law, Psychology and Human Development joint J.D./Ph.D program.
About Cornell University:
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.
Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.
Tenure Track Assistant Professor Positions in Microeconomics and Public Economics
The Department of Economics of Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is offering tenure track Assistant Professorships in the areas of Microeconomics and Public Economics to commence in 2017.
The applicants contribute to research and teaching (in English) in the area of Microeconomics and/orPublic Economics. Administrative duties will be limited.
– Ph.D. in Economics or a closely related subject area (completed or nearly completed)
– Affinity with academic research and teaching
– Strong research orientation
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Tenure track positions are initially offered for a six-year period and, subject to a positive evaluation, with the possibility of tenure thereafter. Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications and work experience, and ranges from EUR 47830 to EUR 74390 per year for a full-time job.
APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION:
Further information can be obtained by contacting:
Prof.dr. P.J.J. Herings, Department of Economics, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD
Maastricht, The Netherlands; tel.:+31 43 38 83824; e-mail: P.Herings@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Submission of applications should be electronically and all material, including letters of reference, should be sent to email@example.com with reference to vacancy number AT2017.10.
Applications should be received not later than March 1, 2017. They should include a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter and some research papers (max. 3). Two letters of reference, assessing the applicant’s research potential and personality, should be sent independently by the referees.
Postdoctoral Position in Decision Science, Duke University
The interdisciplinary Decision Science certificate program at Duke University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants should have prior training in decision science along with a Ph.D. in a related discipline (e.g., economics, behavioral economics, political science, psychology, neuroscience, etc.). The fellow will participate in activities of the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences and of related academic departments according to the fellow’s research interests.
This is a full-time research and teaching position beginning in August of 2017. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The post doc will be under the direction of the directors of the program: Scott de Marchi (Professor of Political Science, ) and Scott Huettel (Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, ). The successful candidate must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by June 2017. This post-doc carries a two course teaching load (one lecture course and one seminar) in the program. Applicants who do not currently have their Ph.D. in hand must provide a statement from their committee attesting that all requirements will be completed by June 2017. The position will be for initial one-year appointment term with the option of renewal for a second year.
Applications (including a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, a sample of research, and three letters of recommendation) should be sent to Scott de Marchi, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Box 90204,140 Science Drive, 208 Gross Hall, Durham NC 27708-0204 before March 1, 2017, or by email to . Duke University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.
PhD position in the Department of Psychology , University of Jyväskylä, Finland
We offer a PhD position in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR), Department of Psychology , University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The Center focuses on combining research questions in the Liberal Sciences with methodologies in neuroscience. http://cibr.jyu.fi/en/
The Doctoral Student will be a central part of a research project funded by Academy of Finland, which investigates the neuronal bases of the decision-making process and effects of social influence in the context of real-life services and products. The principal research methods will be brain imaging with magnetoencephalogram (MEG), which was acquired to the University in 2015, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The instructor will be Dr. Simo Monto, and the project is run in close collaboration with other Finnish and foreign universities. The exact content of the research is flexible to applicant’s interests, within the goals of the project.
Success in this work requires some understanding of psychology and/or neuroscience and adequate communication skills in English. Programming skills are beneficial.
Prior experience on research is an asset. The applicant’s merits are assessed on the basis of the quality of Master’s level studies and motivation.
Doctoral student’s salary is in the range of 1808,42-2475,31. In addition, a personal performance-based component amounting to a maximum of 46,3% component is also paid. Appointee is subject to a four-month trial period. The position is open until filled. Funding is initially for three years.
For applying to the position or additional information, please contact Simo Monto:
Postdoctoral Position in Behavioral Economics or Neuroeconomics at Chinese University of Hong Kong
The group of Liang Guo in the Department of Marketing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position in Behavioral Economics or Neuroeconomics. The start date of the position is flexible. Our research objective is to provide an integral theoretical framework to rationalize various behavioral anomalies of preference construction (e.g., context effects, anchoring effect, and preference reversals), risk preference, and time preference. To this end, the research will involve the development of normative decision making models, and the testing of theoretical predictions using empirical methods in experimental economics and/or neuroscience.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The post-doctoral researcher will conduct collaborative research under the supervision of Professor Liang Guo. The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching and minimal administrative duties.
• Ph.D. in relevant fields;
• Solid background in Behavioral Economics and/or Neuroeconomic methods (EEG, MRI). Knowledge of computational neuroscience would be desirable; • Excellent record of research experience and potential
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Appointment will be made on contract basis, renewable subject to mutual agreement.
Application Package (in a single pdf file with your name as file name):
• Cover letter
• Detailed CV
• One writing sample or representative paper • Two reference letters (sent separately)
Enquiries can be addressed to Professor Liang Guo (). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The start date of the position is flexible.
Please send your complete application package to: Candy Lam through email () or at the following address:
Department of Marketing
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, Hong Kong
Postdoc in Developmental Neuroscience and Externalizing Psychopathology Arizona State University (ASU)
Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Developmental Neuroscience and Externalizing Psychopathology, beginning spring or summer 2017 (specific start date flexible). This position will focus on delineating the neurobiological correlates of externalizing psychopathology (e.g., psychopathy, substance abuse) using multimodal neuroimaging methods (i.e., fMRI, sMRI, DTI).
Successful candidates will conduct neuroimaging analyses using data from two studies: 1) a randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of an empirically-based multimodal treatment program for children exhibiting severe emotional and behavioral problems; and 2) a community-based longitudinal study that has repeatedly assessed socio-contextual risk factors associated with externalizing and internalizing psychopathology from childhood into the mid 30s. Both studies have now completed data collection, including fMRI tasks focused on emotion processing and responsivity to reward/punishment.
Applicants with strong data analytic skills will leverage these existing data resources to produce multiple, empirical neuroimaging papers. Specific research foci can be related to one or both projects listed above. Paper topics will be generated based on the individual research interests of the candidate in collaboration with two co-mentors: Dr. Dustin Pardini at Arizona State University (https://ccj.asu.edu/content/dustin-pardini) and Dr. Jamie Hanson at University of Pittsburgh (http://jamiehanson.org/). In addition, postdoctoral scholars will receive training in developmental psychopathology and cognitive/affective neuroscience to develop an independent program of research and collect new neuroimaging data. Scholars will also receive training in grant writing and will be encouraged to submit an F32 Postdoctoral Research Grant to NIH as part of their training. Scan time will be provided to support preliminary data collection for grant applications.
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefits-eligible, year-to-year appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis, with the expectation that scholars will stay for a minimum of 2 years. Minimum salary is commensurate with NIH stipend levels (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-047.html), and may be increased for candidates with exceptional qualifications. Scholars will also receive an annual stipend of up to $3,000 to support research-related travel and training activities.
Facilities and Resources: Postdoctoral scholars will be provided with office space within Dr. Dustin Pardini’s research lab, which is housed in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Neuroimaging data collection is supported through a partnership with the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), which is located less than 1 mile from ASU’s Downtown campus (http://banneralz.org). The BAI houses a research-dedicated whole body 3T Philips Ingenia MRI scanner, a PET/CT, and a state-of-the-art Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Laboratory for researchers developing innovative and specialized PET imaging radioactive isotopes. Neuroimaging data processing and storage is supported by ASU’s Research Computing Center, which maintains a high performance community cluster consisting of approximately 1,000 cores interconnected with high-speed Infiniband (https://researchcomputing.asu.edu).
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a theoretically relevant field of study (e.g., cognitive psychology) by the start of the appointment. Applicants should have experience preprocessing and analyzing neuroimaging data (i.e., fMRI, sMRI, and/or DTI), working with relevant scripting languages (e.g., MATLAB, Python), and publishing neuroimaging findings within reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Application Procedure: Application materials include:
• Current curriculum vitae
• Letter (limit 1 page) summarizing your relevant experiences and career goals
• Contact information for three references.
• Writing sample (published or unpublished) that best exemplifies your scholarly work.
Application materials should be sent to Dr. Dustin Pardini, Arizona State University, at . Initial review of applications will begin on January 30, 2017 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Earliest possible start date is April 1, 2017.
The HUMAN Project (THP):
Psychologist / Mobile Survey Researcher Full Time (40 hours / week)
Are you looking for a a postdoc but want to have more independence and a bigger impact on the future of psychological science and methodology?
Join Professor Paul Glimcher’s growing team at The HUMAN Project (THP). This is a $15 million dollar a year project poised to disrupt traditional research and transform our understanding of human life from a data-driven perspective. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a ground-breaking study with a 20 year horizon.
We are seeking a flexible and curious Researcher at the postdoctoral level or above to work with us on a large and diverse set of surveys that will run on smartphone devices. The role will oversee implementation, quality assurance and documentation of mobile surveys and smaller research experiments such as behavioral games.
Key Duties and Job Responsibilities:
The Mobile Survey Researcher will be a part of the Measurement & Technology team at THP. Key responsibilities include:
-Working closely with the THP leadership team and overseeing the progress of launching mobile surveys and tasks
-Chaperoning the implementation of 30 and more surveys and tasks while paying close attention to the original survey and instrument design
-Testing, de-bugging and quality assurance of all surveys on Android and iOS devices
-Writing and expanding the documentation of surveys, survey instruments and variables for reuse by other researchers
-Tailoring the survey design to subsamples in the study such as elderly or teenagers
-Supporting the user experience / design team to provide participants with the best experience
-Experimenting with novel features and finding solution to new issues in the context of self-administered mobile surveys
-A minimum of 2 years’ experience of applied work in developing or implementing surveys
-Previous research in survey design, psychometrics or quantitative social science
-Excellent, clear written communication suited for researchers and technical development teams
-Outstanding attention to detail
-A Master’s degree is required. Preference will be given to those with degrees in a relevant field such as psychology.
-Ph.D. degree in psychology or a related field in the quantitative social sciences
-Ability to work independently and a desire to learn about new research areas
-Experience in using mobile devices and a deep understanding of both Android and iOS
-Previous exposure to longitudinal research or survey panels
-Experience in using Dkobo and Kobotoolbox
Please e-mail a CV/Resume, a short cover letter (max 0.5 pages), a relevant research project, and contact information for 1-3 to references to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Mobile Survey Researcher for THP.
Background on the HUMAN Project
The HUMAN Project is an interdisciplinary research platform that serves as a public resource for learning everything possible about the connections between our minds, bodies, and environment to enable the development of new theories, therapeutics, and policy recommendations to solve the toughest societal challenges facing us today. These goals are achieved through a partnership between the Project’s participants, the Project’s staff, and their company: Human Project Inc.
In this study we gather information at an unprecedented level of breadth and detail, ranging from health and medical data to financial tracking and social networks for a representative sample of 10,000 New York City residents over 20 years. The HUMAN Project will do for the field of behavioral science what other major projects did for their respective fields, like the Human Genome Project or the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
More information is on the web: http://thehumanproject.org/
The HUMAN Project – A Catalyst for Change
The HUMAN Project will provide a novel view of the human condition with unprecedented breadth and depth enabling a longitudinal research study.
-Teamwork. We expect you to work together with colleagues and across teams to ensure the long term success and sustainability of the project. Embracing feedback, taking accountability and building trust are part of successful communication in our team.
-Agility. Changing demands and a growing scale of the organization requires you to embrace an agile work culture. We rely on scrum methodology and everyone’s willingness to let go or take on new tasks as the project evolves.
-Respect. We are dedicated to the continuous process of acknowledging and accepting cultural differences in order to foster respectful and effective interaction with all people, as is reflected in its employment, outreach and research.
Postdoctoral positions in neuroscience of social decision making University of Zurich, Switzerland
The Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (Group Leaders: E. Fehr, T. Hare, C. Ruff, K. E. Stephan, P. Tobler) at the University of Zurich invites applications for two postdoctoral researcher positions in the context of a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The successful candidates will work with Prof. Christian Ruff and other SNS Lab researchers on the neural basis of human social decision making, using cutting-edge multimodal neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques.
The SNS Lab is a research center at the University of Zurich that investigates the principles underlying social and neuronal systems (http://www.sns.uzh.ch/index.html). Funded through a generous donation by the Branco Weiss Foundation, this laboratory was established as a highly interdisciplinary institution, bringing together scientists from the social and natural sciences (incl. neuroscience, economics, psychology, computer science, and physics). SNS researchers study mechanistic links between neuronal circuits, human behavior and social interactions, using a combination of brain imaging methods, neuro-modulation techniques (brain stimulation and neuropharmacology), behavioral experiments and computational approaches. A single custom-built unit hosts multiple state-of-the-art facilities that are fully dedicated to research. These facilities include a Philips Achieva 3T MRI scanner as well as laboratories for transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation, psychophysics, behavioral group studies, peripheral and autonomic neurophysiology and pharmacology. Additionally, we have access to a 7T high-field human MRI facility.
Candidates should hold (or expect) a good PhD degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, economics, computer science, or physics) and have published work using human neuroscience methods (in particular fMRI, EEG, TMS and/or tDCS). An interest in computational modelling of behavior and/or neural data would be advantageous. Both junior and senior postdoctoral researchers are invited to apply. The position is available immediately and for a duration of several years (yearly rolling renewal). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Applications should be sent electronically and include a CV (incl. full publication list), copies of all relevant degrees, a statement of interest, and the names and email addresses of two referees. Please send these materials to email@example.com with “postdoc social decision making” in the email subject line.
Postdoctoral Position at Brown University – Cognitive Neuroscience of Decision-Making and Cognitive Control
The Shenhav Lab is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate with interests in topics broadly related to decision-making, cognitive control, and/or their intersection with affective and motivational processes. Our lab investigates topics that intersect these research areas using a combination of behavioral measures, psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and computational models. To learn more about the lab’s research interests go to www.shenhavlab.org/research.
Applicants must hold (or be nearing completion of) a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a related field. Special consideration will be given to individuals with expertise collecting and analyzing fMRI or EEG data, particularly using advanced analysis techniques (e.g., multivariate, effective connectivity), and also to individuals with expertise in computational modeling, independent of their neuroscience background. However, applications are welcome from anyone fitting the interests above.
This position can begin immediately but the start date is flexible. The position has an initial one-year term that is renewable up to three years.
To apply, please send your CV and the contact information for three references to Dr. Amitai Shenhav
Postdoctoral Position in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience of Psychosis and Related Behaviors at Columbia University
Applications are invited from talented researchers for a postdoctoral position immediately available in the Horga Lab at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA (http://profiles.columbiapsychiatry.org/profile/ghorga). The initial appointment is for up to two years, with flexible start date (preferably January 2017) and opportunity for renewal. US citizenship or permanent residency is preferred but not required. The successful candidate will participate in ongoing neuroimaging and behavioral research into the computational mechanisms of sensory learning, decision-making, and probabilistic inference, particularly as they relate to psychotic phenomena (in clinical and non-clinical populations) such as hallucinations and delusions.
Among the ongoing projects at the lab (funded by the NIMH, Dana Foundation, and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research) are a computational fMRI study into predictive-coding mechanisms of hallucinations in schizophrenia, a computational fMRI study aimed at understanding the development of psychotic symptoms in prodromal individuals at clinical-high risk for psychotic disorders, a multimodal fMRI-PET-MRS study (in collaboration with Anissa Abi-Dargham’s group at Stony Brook University) into perceptual abnormalities in health and psychotic illness, and a study to validate neuromelanin-sensitive MRI as a marker for dopamine function in the substantia nigra that can be used to predict development of Parkinson’s disease and psychotic disorders in at-risk populations. More generally, the lab is focused on testing and developing computational models to understand the cognitive mechanisms of belief formation and perceptual inference in health and as they relate to the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders. Our research mostly uses a combination of methods including fMRI, pharmacology, and behavioral paradigms, and we collaborate regularly with other researchers with expertise in molecular (PET) imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electrocorticography (ECoG) and single-unit recordings in humans, EEG, and neurostimulation techniques (rTMS, tDCS, DBS), among others. Using these methods, we focus on the intersection between neuromodulation by neurotransmitters such as dopamine and cognitive processes relevant for psychosis and other psychiatric disorders. The lab, as well as the Department of Psychiatry more generally, offers and friendly and collaborative environment, excellent interdisciplinary research, training and career-development opportunities, a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner, as well as access to several facilities including EEG equipment and several 7T MRI scanners (to be operational in 2017). The lab and its facilities are located at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. There are ample opportunities for collaborations with world-class groups conducting related research in neuroscience across Columbia University (including close collaborators in Neuroscience, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, and Neurosurgery).
Strong applicants will have:
– Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, cognitive science, or a quantitative field (e.g., computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics)
– Fluent English
– Strong analytical skills, statistics and programming background (preferred proficiency with computer programming in Matlab, Python, or equivalent)
– Strong track record of research
– Strong interest in computational and cognitive neuroscience and its application to psychiatry
– Experience with behavioral research (decision-making/psychophysics) in humans (preferably with psychiatric populations as well)
– Experience with fMRI and/or EEG and computational modeling are an advantage but not required
Start date is January 2017 but later start dates are possible. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. If you are interested, please send a research statement, along with a CV including a publication list, and contact information for two or more references to Dr. Guillermo Horga (HorgaG@nyspi.columbia.edu).
Post-Doctoral Position – Decision Making
We are seeking to fill a post-doctoral position for a 2-year minimum to join us in studying the brain mechanisms of decision-making in healthy people and those with eating disorders as part of an NIH funded project. The position is joint between Dr. Shohamy’s lab at the Dept. of Psychology and the Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute and Dr. Steinglass’s lab at the Eating Disorders Research group at Columbia University Medical Center.
Eligible candidates will have a background in cognitive neuroscience and fMRI and, ideally, an interest in computational models of behavior and fMRI.
This is an exciting area for a new researcher and can serve as a foundation for a career in a range of different areas (computational psychiatry, reward based learning and decision making, eating disorders, etc.). Opportunities for growth are abundant as this collaboration has already yielded datasets available for connectivity analyses, resting state and DTI, longitudinal analyses, and a host of decision-making tasks and psychological measures.
– development and programming of behavioral tasks
– fMRI data collection and analysis
– serving as liaison between clinical team and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Columbia University
To apply, please send a CV and a statement of research interests to Daphna Shohamy or Joanna Steinglass . Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.
Post-doctoral position on human reinforcement learning
My group at the École Normale Supérieure is seeking a candidate for a 2-year postdoctoral position. Successful applicants will be part of a project, funded by ATIP-Avenir program, aimed at elucidating reinforcement learning processes at different levels of investigation (behavioural, computational and neural), with a particular focus on inter-individual variability. The position is available from January 1st 2017 and has to be filled within 2017. Applicants should have a PhD degree or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in computational modeling and/or multi modal imaging techniques and/or data clustering techniques. A prior background in the implementation of cognitive tasks would be desirable. Applications should include a CV, a brief statement of research experience and interests, academic achievements and names of at least 2 referees. Please, send your application electronically to Stefano Palminteri https://sites.google.com/site/stefanopalminteri/home
Postdoctoral position in Neuroeconomics (CNRS, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, Lyon, France)
Laboratory of reward and Decision making, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Lyon, France (http://dreherteam.cnc.isc.cnrs.fr/en/).
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to study neuroeconomics, decision making, motivation and reward processing using model-based fMRI in healthy subjects and intra-cranial recordings in patients with epilepsy. The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience is located in Lyon, a thriving university city. The institute hosts an interdisciplinary community with access to several brain imaging facilities, such as one research-dedicated Siemens scanner, one MEG, one simultaneous TEP-fMRI, EEG, TMS and other useful resources. The project will be supervised by Dr. Jean-Claude Dreher. Candidates, preferably with model-based fMRI experience and familiarity with computational models for neuroimaging, should send their CV, statement of research interests and representative publications to: Jean-Claude Dreher, Funding is available for an initial period of 2 years, up to 3 years.
Fall 2017 Admission: Department of Psychology’s PhD program, University of Denver
The Sokol-Hessner Lab (PI: Peter Sokol-Hessner) is accepting applications for admission in Fall 2017 to the Department of Psychology’s PhD program at the University of Denver.
The Sokol-Hessner Lab investigates the intersections of affect and decision-making by combining insights and perspectives from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and microeconomics. Topics of interest in the lab range from risky monetary decision-making to self-control and emotion regulation to interoception to economic games in social contexts. The lab’s main methods include physiological monitoring, neuroimaging, eye tracking, and computational models of behavior.
Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves by sending an email with their CV and a brief description of their research experience and interests to the PI at .
Applications are due December 1, 2016, and may be submitted here: www.sokolhessnerlab.com/grad2017 (link will redirect to DU application site).
PostDoc Position at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Post-doc position (100% fte, TVL-E13) at the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doc position in the Comparative Psychology research group headed by Tobias Kalenscher. In this post-doc project, we will investigate the neural signatures of self-control and social decision making using fMRI (Crockett et al., Neuron, 2013; Strombach et al., PNAS, 2015). The position is available from February 2017.
The Comparative Psychology group at Düsseldorf University investigates economic and social decision making in animals and humans. Combining animal research and human neuroimaging techniques with conceptual tools borrowed from psychology, economics, and biology, we employ a truly multidisciplinary, comparative approach to understand the behavioral and neural basis of decision making. We cooperate with the Life & Brain Center in Bonn (Prof. Bernd Weber) for fMRI scanning.
For the position, a strong interest in decision making is essential. Applicants should have a PhD degree in neuroscience, psychology or related fields, or be in the final stages of obtaining such a degree. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrable experience in fMRI and behavioral analysis. He/she should enjoy working independently, and is expected to take a lead role in building the human neuroimaging section in the Comparative Psychology group. The ability to work in a team comprised of human and animal researchers, and the capacity to advise students are a must. In addition, the candidate should have affinity with Matlab/SPM or other computation/analysis packages and is expected to develop strong quantitative skills. An excellent command of English, and a moderate command of German, or the willingness to learn German, is expected. Funding is available for an initial period of 2 years, the applicant is expected to apply for own personal funding towards the end of the 2-year period.
For further information about this unique opportunity, please contact . Visit our website to learn more about our research.
Applications should include a CV, a brief statement of research experience and interests, academic achievements and names of at least 2 referees. Please send your application electronically as a single pdf file to . Application deadline is November 16, (skype) interviews will be held in the second half of November.
PostDoc Position at Universitat zu Lubeck
The psychology department of the University of Lubeck offers a PostDoc position (100% E13 TV-L), for a period of 3 years. The starting point is as soon as possible.
The candidate will be involved in research and teaching. Specifically, the candidate will work in the research field investigating the neural mechanisms underlying decision making in the human brain with the help of structural and functional MRI, EEG, NIRS, and brain stimulation. The focus lies on economic decisions and decisions in social contexts.
Successful candidate must hold a degree (PhD for Postdoc position) in psychology or in related fields (economics, cognitive science, biology, neuroscience or other). Experience in acquisition and analysis of human neuroimaging data (fMRI, EEG, MEG, NIRS) are desired (e.g. SPM). Programming skills in Matlab, experiences in advanced statistical analysis and in behavioral modeling will be preferred. Interest and/or experience in the field of decision neuroscience are obligatory. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who enjoys team work and is self-organized. The candidate will work in the “Social Psychology and Decision Neuroscience Group” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Soyoung Q Park.
The research tasks include acquisition and analyses of brain, physiological and metabolic data and publication of these. Also, the candidate will be involved in teaching at the institute of psychology.
The research center at the University of Lubeck offers excellent state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research facilities. Furthermore, the project includes international collaborations.
Applicants with disabilities are preferred if qualification is equal.
The University of Lubeck is an equal opportunity employer, aiming to increase the proportion of women in science. Applications by women are particularly welcome.
We explicitly ask for applications without photographs. The University of Lubeck welcomes the applications from people with a migration background.
For questions about the details of the assignment please contact Prof. Dr. Soyung Q Park.
Please send your application with all necessary documents as one single complete PDF file to the email address mentioned above. An additional version with the reference number 1054/16 must be sent to the following address until 07.11.2016:
Universitat zu Lubeck – Der Prasident – Dezernat Personal
Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23562 Lubeck, Germany
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) at Columbia University
The Department of Psychology at Columbia University invites applications (for a tenure-track position) in the Department of Psychology at the assistant professor level to begin July 1, 2017. We seek applications from individuals with specializations in Cognitive Neuroscience that complement current areas of expertise within the Department. Examples of research areas of special interest include decision-making, memory, learning, attention and high-level cognition. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of research productivity and teaching commensurate to the level of the faculty position. Individuals with multi-method expertise, ranging from behavioral methods to fMRI, lesion/patient studies, psychophysiology, genetics, etc. are of particular interest.
Review of applications begins October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Using our online application site, applicants should submit their vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of relevant papers, and arrange for three letters of reference. Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application site, where you can also find further information about this position: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=63453.
For more information about the Psychology Department please visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Scientist or Associate Research Scholar/Scientist with The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University
The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist position to begin July 1, 2017.
Columbia University is pleased to announce three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society & Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in:
(1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline – such as psychiatry, psychology, public health, law, history, economics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, journalism, music and the arts – and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research;
(2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences, and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (http://www.presidentialscholars.columbia.edu/), which includes a total of nine postdoctoral research scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, JD, MD, etc.) by July 1, 2017, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2012.
Please visit Columbia University’s online application site (http://bit.ly/raps-pssn2017) for further information about this posting and to submit your application. All submissions must include a proposal for an interdisciplinary research project, and must be submitted via the online platform.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Assistant Professor – Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto
The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of developmental psychology. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2017.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in developmental psychology or a closely related field by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter. Evidence of excellence in teaching and programmatic research is necessary. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by, primarily, high-quality research papers in leading journals in the field and presentations at significant conferences, as well as through strong letters of reference of high international standing. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments and the teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations, if available) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong reference letters.
The appointee will join a strong group of research-oriented colleagues who are committed to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels while conducting research at the highest level and supervising graduate students. We invite applications from outstanding scholars in all areas of developmental psychology, but priority will be given to candidates with areas of expertise in infant development or very early childhood which will bring a unique element to the developmental psychology group while complementing existing strengths. Postdoctoral experience will be considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally-funded program of research and be committed to both undergraduate and graduate education.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
All qualified applicants are invited to apply by visiting http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/careers/co.htm#Academic. Click on “Faculty Opportunities” and search for Job # 1601392.
Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining their strong and programmatic research approach, and a teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations, if available). All application materials should be submitted online. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.
Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send strong letters of recommendation (signed, scanned and on letterhead) directly to the department via e-mail to by the review date of December 12, 2016.
The committee will begin to consider applications as of December 12, 2016 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Susanne Ferber, Chair of the Department of Psychology . For more information about the Department of Psychology, please visit our home page at http://home.psych.utoronto.ca/.
The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Closing date: December 12, 2016
Call for Applications: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce a call for doctorial level economists to apply for the 2017-18 Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF).
Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington, DC. In this unique opportunity economist gain hands-on policy experience, help develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges, and become a member of a strong and influential network of 3,000+ fellows.
Are you interested in contributing to judicial policy? STPF is seeking mid- to senior career professionals to develop new research projects and apply mature scholarship to real world policy problems through fellowships in the judicial branch.
Apply today! http://www.stpf-aaas.org/.
-Doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc, etc.) in any scientific, social science or engineering discipline OR Master’s in engineering with 3 years of engineering related professional experience.
STIPEND & BENEFITS
-Health insurance, travel/training and relocation allowances.
ONLINE APPLICATIONS DUE: November 1, 2016
FELLOWSHIP YEAR: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
For more information and to apply: http://go.stpf-aaas.org/pink.html
Questions? Email: or call 202-326-6700
University of Denver: Assistant-level, tenure-line faculty position in Affect Science
We seek candidates who can contribute to our department focus on affective science by using experimental methods to examine memory and emotion. Memory is construed broadly as it relates to attention and learning. Examples of relevant research areas include, but are not limited to, emotional learning and memory, stress and memory, development of emotional memory, and attention/memory in psychopathology. All candidates’ research statements should clearly indicate how their research contributes to a program in affective science.
We are a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives and connections across traditional department areas (see www.du.edu/psychology for more information). Successful applicants will have an outstanding record of research achievement. All candidates should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education and demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching. Candidates should also be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
The University of Denver’s vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The University values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver, please visit http://www.du.edu/cme/resources/inclusive-excellence.html). Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. The University of Denver is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to 2.8 million people. Our urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. The University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of approximately 5800 undergraduates (with over 500 psychology majors), 6400 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.
Candidates must complete an on-line application at http://www.du.edu/human-resources/careers-at-du/index.html (tracking code: 000471); this will include a letter of interest, research & teaching statements, an inclusive-excellence statement, a vita, and reprints/preprints. The separate inclusive excellence statement should be a succinct description of how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contribute to inclusive excellence. In addition, at least three recommenders should email letters of reference to . We will give priority to applications received by October 1, 2016, but will consider applications until the positions are filled.
The department and university are committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and students. Individuals from members of traditionally underrepresented groups including women, minorities, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities and veterans are particularly encouraged to apply. The University of Denver is an EEO/AA employer.
Questions about the position can be addressed to the department chair, Dr. Anne DePrince,
Decision Neuroscience Research Fellow in NUS Singapore
The Decision Lab in the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (www.rongjunyu.org) seeks a research fellow or post-doctoral fellow for a 2 to 3-year appointment, funded by the Ministry of Education MOE Tier 2 grant. Primary responsibilities involve data analyses and manuscript preparation for studies using EEG/fMRI to investigate decision making.
Essential qualifications: PhD in neuroscience, psychology, or related field. Prior experience with EEG or fMRI data analysis is required. The successful candidate also should have strong writing skills and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with research on decision neuroscience is highly desirable. Experience with model-based analysis using reinforcement learning, graph theory analysis, EEG hyperscaning, developmental neuroscience, or concurrent EEG/fMRI analysis is a plus.
The position includes access to facilities for hyper-scanning EEGs, 3T MRI, tDCS, and behavioral testing, as well as a simultaneous EEG-fMRI setup. The start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary is highly competitive for strong candidates. Please send inquiries or CVs to Dr. Rongjun Yu .
Doctoral student in computational approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience
The doctoral candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (although this can be forthcoming) in Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, or a related field. The candidate should have research experience in a relevant area. The candidate will begin in Fall, 2017. Interested candidates should send a C.V., statement of research interests, and 2-3 references to Dr. Boorman at: . Applicants can apply to the Department of Psychology (http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/graduate) or Neuroscience (http://neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/gg/). Deadline to apply is December 1st, 2016.
Director, UNL Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior
Tenured Associate or Full Professor United of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the UNL Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) are seeking applicants with national recognition in research and expertise in neuroscience and brain imaging to direct CB3. This interdisciplinary, research-dedicated center engages a broad spectrum of investigators across disciplines including basic and applied scientists, clinicians, and engineers, and is actively involved in a unique research collaboration with University Athletics. CB3 is housed within a new 30,000 square foot building. The facility’s centerpiece is a Skyra 3 Tesla Siemens scanner equipped with an MR-compatible 256-electrode high-density EEG system and an eye tracker. The center also features several specialized laboratories for NIRS, TMS, vestibular/balance, behavioral genetics, GALILEO somatosensory and motor control, neuromagnetics, eye tracking, psychophysiology, and high-density EEG/ERP, as well as a salivary bioscience core facility. The center’s state-of-the art facilities and interdisciplinary environment enable diverse studies to expand understanding of brain function and its effects on human behavior. The Director will provide leadership for CB3’s faculty and staff, and administrative oversight for the center. The successful candidate will be expected to help build innovative programs and participate actively in multidisciplinary initiatives that span the UNL campus and include connections to researchers, teachers, clinicians and students across Nebraska institutions, including University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Director will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and serve as a faculty member in a tenure home department. As an interdisciplinary hire, the tenure home of the successful applicant will depend upon candidate interest and background. Rank for this position is Associate to Full Professor.
Qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in neuroscience or a related field, an established and visible neuroscience research program with a track record of grant funding, and potential to contribute to teaching and engagement missions. Leadership experience in an organization that seeks and receives grant funding is preferred. Responsibilities will include serving as director of CB3, maintaining an active program of research, including the pursuit of external funding, and teaching in the tenure home department.
Review of applications will begin October 31, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, please go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition #F_160124, and click on “Apply to this job.” Candidates should attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for three letters of reference. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
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