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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

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Research Scientist Position
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:00

The Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, under the direction of Ralph Hertwig, seeks applicants for

1 Research Scientist Position (39 hours per week)

This is a two-year position, with the possibility of extension. Salary depends on experience. The position is available from February 1, 2015, but later start dates are possible.

Candidates should be interested in studying models of bounded rationality - that is, the mechanisms that underlie search, inference, judgment and decision making processes and the social and non-social environments in which these processes are successful. Candidates may have training in psychology, economics, cognitive science, biology, and/or any other related fields. Candidates should use behavioral, computational, and/or neuroscience methods to study bounded rationality.

Candidates must have a PhD. Apart from mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, there are no teaching requirements.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development ( offers an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting experiments (e.g., behavioral laboratory, fMRI, EEG, TMS). It provides an international research environment, with English being the working language of the Center for Adaptive Rationality.

The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Applications (consisting of a single PDF file with your name as the file name, including a cover letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and pdfs of up to five papers) and two letters of recommendation, to be submitted separately by the evaluators, should be sent to Monika Oppong ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin). Please submit applications by December 5, 2014, to ensure consideration. However, review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. For further inquiries about the positions, please contact Tim Pleskac ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Thorsten Pachur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Interdisciplinary Biobehavioral Methodologist

Interdisciplinary Biobehavioral Methodologist – Open Rank Faculty Search, Penn State University

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH; in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an open rank tenured/tenure-track faculty position in innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and statistics.

The BBH department has existing strength in a wide range of interdisciplinary health-related research, with an emphasis on integrative sciences in stress, individual differences, and public and global health issues including sleep, obesity, alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use, child maltreatment, and interventions to promote health. The position is designed to strengthen the department’s methodological and statistical expertise, including graduate training, and to promote and enhance a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment.

The successful candidate should have an ongoing research program that focuses broadly on the development and/or application of cutting edge methodological and/or statistical approaches to health relevant processes, contexts, and/or outcomes. We particularly welcome applicants with expertise in one or more of the following: clinical trial or other intervention research, latent variable modeling, analysis of intensive longitudinal data, and the analysis of ‘big,’ complex, or high dimensional data (e.g., related to genetic/epigenetic data, social media, neuroscience, etc.). In addition, we expect that the candidate will have her/his own substantive areas of interest; preference will be given to those topical areas germane to health and likely to promote and enhance collaborative work.

Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly research commensurate with their experience, and will be expected to either possess or establish a record of external research funding. The position entails teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. An earned doctorate in biological, health, or behavioral science, statistics, or a medical degree, and evidence of strong scholarly accomplishments are required. Applicants should have an interdisciplinary orientation and a willingness to engage in collaborative research and outreach activities. The ideal candidate will also have documented success in collaborating with scientists from a range of fields and disciplinary backgrounds. Our department is highly transdisciplinary and we have collaborative ties with other faculty throughout the university, including the Social Science Research Institute, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Opportunities for collaboration also exist across the College [e.g., several research centers or groups, including: The Methodology Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Quantitative Development Systems Methodology group; various departments including Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences] and many other departments and programs across the University.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 2015. Questions about this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Joshua Smyth, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To apply, applicants must complete an on-line application and submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three professional references, and supporting materials (e.g., reprints, preprints). Supporting information may be uploaded on-line or sent by email to Ms. Shannon Anthony at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by postal mail to Ms. Shannon Anthony, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biobehavioral Health, 219 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate “Methodology – BBH search” in the subject line of email correspondence. To apply, please visit: job number 53413. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

Faculty Position in Quantitative Psychology
Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:36

The Psychology Department at Michigan State University is seeking an outstanding psychologist with expertise in quantitative psychology for an open rank tenure system appointment effective Fall 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong program of visible research, seek external funding, and commit to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching of quantitative courses.  We welcome applications from any area of quantitative psychology including measurement/psychometrics, multivariate methods, advanced structural equation modeling techniques, multilevel modeling, longitudinal methods, categorical data analysis, Bayesian data analysis, computational modeling, meta-analysis, propensity score analysis, and system dynamics. The person filling this position may affiliate with any of the six graduate programs within the department: Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecological-Community, Organizational, or Social/Personality. For more information about the department visit: Applicants must complete an online application at (posting #0003).  Applications should include a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and three representative reprints. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Subject Line: Quantitative Search). Consideration of applications will begin November 1, 2014. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.   Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Deborah Kashy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Faculty Position in Computational Neuroscience
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:25

University of California, Irvine
Faculty Position in Computational Neuroscience

The Department of Cognitive Sciences ( at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) invites applications for a faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level. We are especially interested in candidates who use mathematical, computational, or robotics approaches to study the neural basis of cognition in any of these areas: (1) vision, hearing, and attention; (2) memory and decision-making; (3) learning and development; (4) language. Applicants whose research relates to human behavior are preferred.

A strong record of publications and extramural funding is essential. Exceptional candidates at the Assistant Professor level will also be considered.

The online application includes: A cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, 3 recent publications, and contact information for 3-5 referees. Interested candidates can apply for the position at: To ensure full consideration, please complete the application by November 15, 2014.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Postdoc position in decision-making and learning in combinatorial games
Saturday, 28 June 2014 20:58

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in my laboratory in the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at New York University ( The position is for two years, with the possibility of extension.

The long-range goal of the lab is to understand decision-making under uncertainty. The specific project is an NSF-funded one on how humans think ahead, decide, and learn in two-player, full-information games (such as chess, go, or tic-tac-toe). We will use human behavioral experiments, machine learning, eye tracking, and potentially fMRI to dissect the roles of heuristics, pruning strategy, and cognitive constraints in human play in a simplified, tractable game environment.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in machine learning, artificial intelligence, game theory, computational neuroscience, or mathematical, perceptual, or cognitive psychology, and be familiar with at least one other of these fields. Experience with probabilistic models is required.

To apply, please send your CV, a description of why you are interested, and the contact information of two references to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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