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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.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Modeling
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:45

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Laboratory for Mathematical Psychology at Indiana University and the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at The University of Oklahoma seek a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive modeling and experimental psychology. This is a two-site study, but the resident workplace is in Bloomington, Indiana. The position is funded by the National Science Foundation.


A major duty is assisting Dr. James T. Townsend (Indiana University) and Dr. Michael J. Wenger (The University of Oklahoma) in fulfilling research outlined in an NSF grant, Building a Unified Theory-Driven Methodology for Identification of Elementary Cognitive Systems. Duties also include overseeing graduate students, undergraduate RAs, and technical assistants; planning and carrying out experiments; data analysis; model testing; and preparing manuscripts for publication.


Ph.D. in a relevant field of research; background in cognitive modeling and experimental psychology; demonstrated scientific expertise, with publications in refereed journals; extensive experience in experimental design and development; ability to create quantitative models of cognitive processing; solid programming skills, preferably with R, MATLAB, and Python; experience writing grants and manuscripts; ability to work and lead in a team environment; ability to work independently on designated projects; demonstrated interpersonal skills.

Additional Information

The position begins in the fall and is a one-year appointment; renewal for a second year is contingent on availability of funds, satisfactory performance, acceptable progress in carrying out the assigned duties, and mutual agreement. This is a 100% appointment. Salary is $40,000/year.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter including a statement of career goals (one paragraph), curriculum vitae, publications, and contact information of three references. Apply to Dr. Michael J. Wenger, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Applied Social Research, The University of Oklahoma, 3100 Monitor Avenue, Suite 100, Norman, OK 73019.


The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

University of South Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Monday, 21 April 2014 20:53

Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Innovation and entrepreneurship are instilled in our students through industry informed teaching and learning. We encourage creativity, intellectual adventure and a spirit of enterprise. As a dynamic and agile University, UniSA continues to be ranked among the top 3% of more than 10,000 institutions worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings. UniSA also ranked 48 in the 2013 Times Higher Education Top 100 under the age of 50.

The Institute for Choice, located in Sydney, Australia, is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position in the area of choice modelling. The particular research stream motivating this position aims to develop and test new behavioral and econometric models of choice based on the assumption that individuals adopt “how to decide” (or antecedent volition) strategies when choosing between alternatives. The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant to Joffre Swait and A. Marley. Start date is July 2014 or negotiable.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in engineering, economics or psychology (other disciplines may be considered) before commencing. Applicants must be committed to applying rigorous mathematical tools to modeling human decision making. Additionally:

·        Strong academic career orientation.

·        Applied mathematics background, including nonlinear optimization theory.

·        Good econometric and/or statistical skills presumed.

·        Demonstrable personal initiative and capability to be self-motivated.

·        Experience/interest in carrying out human behavioral experiments is desirable, though not required.

·        Programming skills, particularly in the implementation of mathematical and computational models, and in classical and/or Bayesian statistical methods in R, Gauss, Matlab, etc. SAS or SPSS would be an advantage.

To help candidates assess their suitability for the position prior to submitting an application, note that the core developments proposed in the grant will be based on the endogenous Maximum Entropy Program (eMEP) approach to choice model formulation (see Swait and Marley 2013, Journal of Mathematical Psychology 57:1-13).

Interested candidates are required to submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (1) a CV including publications and contact information for two referees, and (2) a personal research statement describing how their interests interface with the funded project.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and hired.

Internship for Mathematical Modeling of Human and Computational Agent Performance
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:45

Internship for Mathematical Modeling of Human and Computational Agent Performance

SOCHE Supporting 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Available Summer 2014

The Warfighter Interface Division at the Air Force Research Laboratory seeks a talented mathematical modeler for a full-time research internship appointment supporting the characterization of human and computational agent performance on complex, interactive visual-spatial tasks. This work contributes to the larger research goals of automating cognitive state assessment and automating the evaluation of visualization tools for warfighter decision making. The position offers experience working on a multi-disciplinary research team in an exciting, fast-paced environment advancing the cutting edge of models and metrics for human-machine teaming in complex environments.

Specifically, the intern will work with mentors to examine the relative utility and efficacy of existing mathematical models and metrics for workload assessment. The intern will delve into heterogeneous data sources including human performance (e.g. response time) and physiology (e.g. EEG, heart rate, eye movements), as well as synthetic (model/agent-derived) data. The intern will contribute to theoretically aligning mathematical models of human data with the processes captured in the synthetic agents. S/he will gain invaluable experience for working on a research and engineering team.

Desired qualifications: Graduate student seeking degree Mathematical Psychology, Cognitive Modeling, Cognitive Science, Statistics or related, relevant field; Solid background in mathematics and statistics; Comfortable using scripted languages for numerical computation (e.g. MATLAB or Python/numpy) or computational statistics (e.g. R, Mathematica, JMP) helpful; Experience with response time modeling critical; Experience with physiology data analysis helpful; Familiarity with cognitive architectures or agent-based modeling helpful; Enthusiasm and curiosity for research helpful; Previous experience in a laboratory setting helpful;

This position is a contractor appointment through the Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) program.  Appointment is for up to 10 weeks full-time with potential for follow-on appointment. This internship is located at Wright-Patterson AFB; internship requires appointee to relocate to Dayton, Ohio for the duration of the internship.

Applicant must be a US Citizen and a degree-seeking student in good academic standing. The SOCHE program is open to all qualified US Citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

Applicants will need to apply at the SOCHE Internship web site:

Applicants are encouraged to email their CV and brief statement of research interests (1 page max) to Dr. Tim Halverson, 711 HPW/RHCP, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Dr. Leslie Blaha, 711 HPW/RHCV, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Inquiries are welcome.  Please be sure to include relevant mathematics/statistics coursework and modeling experience in your CV.

Please submit your application by May 15, 2014.

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