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PhD Position for Central Taste Processing
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 16:53

PhD student position (3 years) - Potsdam/Germany - Central Taste Processing (EEG & Modeling)

The German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke invites applications for a PhD student position (3 years) to join the Psychophysiology of Food Perception group (K. Ohla). The group investigates the psychophysiological foundations of taste perception and the interaction of taste with other senses relevant to food perception and hedonic valuation (palatability) of food in humans. The research project will be embedded in the Competence Cluster of Nutritional Research Berlin/Potsdam and address how the peripheral taste signal is used by the central nervous system to encode taste features such as quality, intensity and valence (hedonic value) in humans with a focus on the neural network dynamics.

Work environment
The group offers a stimulating and collaborative research environment and excellent working conditions. The lab hosts a high-density EEG system and state-of-the art taste stimulation systems suitable for EEG, behavioral and fMRI studies. Several imaging facilities are available in the area. The institute is located in the metropolitan area of Berlin/Potsdam and allows access to a multitude of seminars, lectures and stimulating meetings at the surrounding institutes, e.g. Charité, Humboldt-University, University of Potsdam, Technical University Berlin etc..

Responsibilities

  • Investigation of the neural network dynamics underlying gustatory perception and gratification in humans using EEG and possibly also fMRI
  • Acquisition and analysis of behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging data
  • Implementation of analysis algorithms ( multivariate pattern analysis, machine learning and connectivity analyses)
  • Presentation and publication of the results
  • Interaction with team members and collaborators from various disciplines

 

Requirements

  • university degree (Diploma/Master) in Computational Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field
  • solid programming skills (preferably in Matlab or Python)
  • keen interest in psychology and cognitive/systems neuroscience
  • strong analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • experience in computational modeling and machine learning (ideally of neuroscientific data) and/or experience with EEG and/or fMRI will be advantageous
  • good command of English

 

The position is available starting July 1st 2015 or later and is available for 3 years. It will be paid according to the terms of the civil service collective bargaining act (TV-L 50 % of level E13). Applications shall be submitted before June 1st but will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please email a letter stating your motivation, CV, certificates and contact information for 1-2 references (preferably as a single PDF file) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (for inquires simply email).

For a related publication see: Crouzet, Busch & Ohla (2015). Taste quality decoding parallels taste tensations. Current Biology, 7:890-896.  Visit our website: www.kathrinohla.net and www.dife.de

 
postdoctoral position in cognitive modeling
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:52

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Laboratory for Mathematical Psychology at Indiana University seeks a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive modeling and experimental psychology.  The resident workplace is in Bloomington, Indiana.  The position is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Responsibilities
A major duty is assisting Dr. James T. Townsend in fulfilling research outlined in an Air Force grant, A Proposal to Perform New Theoretical and Experimental Research on Human Efficiency Through Developments Within Systems Factorial Technology (SFT).  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.

Qualifications
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 $43,000/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. James T. Townsend, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mathematical Psychology Laboratory, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. 10th Street, PY A312, Bloomington, IN  47405.
Indiana University 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.

 
Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Psychology
Monday, 27 April 2015 23:06

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Cognitive Psychology) in the School of Psychology at UNSW. The successful applicant will undertake work on experimental and cognitive modelling approaches to the study of decision making. The research is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant held jointly by Professor Ben Newell (School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney) and Dr Don van Ravenzwaaij (University of Newcastle, Australia).

The Fellow will be based in Ben Newell’s Lab at UNSW in Sydney but there will also be opportunities for working visits to Dr van Ravenzwaaij’s lab during the period of employment. The position offers an invaluable opportunity to join a dynamic team committed to high quality research into the cognitive mechanisms underlying decision making.

The salary is very competitive and further funds will be available for conference travel. The position is full time for 12 months with possibility for a 12 month extension.

Applicants must have completed (or be near completion of) a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Decision Sciences or related discipline; high level skills in experimental design, statistical analysis; strong computational skills; the ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Knowledge of the judgment and decision making literature is highly desirable.

The School of Psychology at UNSW is located in the Faculty of Science and has approximately 40 academic staff, 1600 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. The school earns more competitive research funding and publish more Tier 1 journal articles per academic than any other School in Australia. Our academics are very well connected within Australia and internationally. Historically, the School has played a leadership role in research, teaching and professional issues. The School has an academically rigorous but supportive culture, excellent research facilities, and offers great opportunities for students, visitors and collaborators.

Sydney is a superb international city and a fantastic place to live and work.

Information on how to apply and more details can be found here:

https://www.jobs.unsw.edu.au/postdoctoral-research-fellow-cognitive-psychology

Application close:

31 May 2015

Do not hesitate to contact Ben Newell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for further information.

 
Researcher in Cognitive & Economic Psychology
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:54

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive & Economic Psychology

The Center for Economic Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Basel, Switzerland, is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral researcher for a period of 2 years with the possibility to extend the position for further years. The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience or a related field, solid knowledge in cognitive psychology and research methods and an interest in applying these skills to understand the cognitive processes underlying human decision making. Experience with cognitive modelling (using Matlab or R) or imaging techniques (e.g. fMRI, EEG) is desirable. Applicants will be part of an international research group and an English-speaking environment. The required teaching may be conducted in German or English. The salary will be very competitive and additional resources for funding experiments and conference travel are available.

Please submit applications (consisting of a cover letter describing research interests, curriculum vitae, up to five reprints, and 2 letters of recommendation) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Review of applications will start May 15th 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. The position can begin in September 2015, but later start dates are possible.

The Center for Economic Psychology is directed by Prof. Dr. Joerg Rieskamp. The lab is part of the growing Department of Psychology at the University of Basel, one of the leading research Universities in Europe. Basel is situated at the river Rhine right at the border to France and Germany. It’s a great place to live and work. Health care, quality of life, and public transportation meet the highest international standards. Please do not hesitate to send us an email for further inquiries. We are looking forward to your application!

Prof. Dr. Joerg Rieskamp
Center for Economic Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel
Missionsstrasse 62A, 4055
Basel, Switzerland
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
UT Dallas Research Positions
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:18

The Computational Psychiatry Unit (www.neurocpu.com) at The University of Texas at Dallas and The Southwestern Medical Center invites applications for multiple research positions. This is an exciting opportunity to work in the emerging interdisciplinary field of computational psychiatry, which seeks to redefine mental disorders in terms of aberrant computations at multiple scales, and to improve mental health by applying modern neuroscientific techniques and discoveries.

Access to state of the art facilities including: multiple research-dedicated 1.5T MRI systems, two research-dedicated human 3T MRI systems, one human 7T MRI system, two PET systems (with coregistering MRI), a SPECT camera, a high field system for animal studies, four EEG systems equipped for both 64 and 128 channel recordings, TMS, rTMS, tDCS, and HD tDCS equipment.

 

Position 1: Research Coordinator in Computational Psychiatry

The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of research in the lab, including: acquisition of behavioral and neural data, preparing consent forms and paperwork related to research ethics, assembling and administering neuropsychological assessments, screening and recruiting participants, obtaining informed consent, scheduling participants for testing, tracking progress of the study and data collection, verifying data and entering pertinent information into database for statistical analysis, conducting statistical analyses, and assisting with manuscript preparation.

Qualifications: BS/BA degree in any area of psychology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or related fields is required. Master’s degree in any of these fields and/or clinical experience is preferred. Experience with any of the following would be an added advantage: neuropsychological assessment, psychopharmacology, psychophysiology, brain imaging data analysis, MATLAB, R, python, C++, and signal processing. The candidate must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with clinical populations; a willingness to tackle complex tasks in an independent manner; and a strong work ethic.

How to Apply: Please email a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals in a single PDF document titled with RA_YourName.pdf to Dr. Xiaosi Gu at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Position 2: Data Analyst in Computational Psychiatry

The successful candidate should have a deep understanding of computational modelling and programming (e.g. MATLAB, R, python, C++). Additional experience would be useful but not required in computational biology, genomics, or multi-modality neuroimaging platforms (fMRI, electrophysiology, PET, transcranial magnetic stimulation, tDCS, MR spectroscopy, DTI, etc.). The research may be applied to elucidate the neural and computational mechanisms of cognition and decision-making in both healthy volunteers and in brain injuries or psychiatric diseases such as Addiction, Autism, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in a quantitative fields is required; PhD degree in a quantitative field is preferred; familiarity with data analysis and signal processing; an ability to work well in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative research team; an interest in translational research between neuroscience, computational models, and clinical populations; and a strong record or potential for scholarly productivity.

How to Apply: Please email a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals in a single PDF document titled with Analyst_YourName.pdf to Dr. Xiaosi Gu at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Position 3: Postdoctoral Researcher

The successful candidate should have a deep understanding of neuroscience, cognition, and computational modelling. Additional experience would be useful but not required in computational biology, genomics, or multi-modality neuroimaging platforms (fMRI, electrophysiology, PET, transcranial magnetic stimulation, tDCS, MR spectroscopy, DTI, etc.). The research may be applied to elucidate the neural and computational mechanisms of cognition and decision-making in both healthy volunteers and in brain injuries or psychiatric diseases such as Addiction, Autism, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia.

Qualifications: PhD degree in a quantitative field is required; an ability to work well in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative research team; an interest in translational research between neuroscience, computational models, and clinical populations; and a strong record or potential for scholarly productivity.

How to Apply: Please email a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and career goals in a single PDF document titled with Postdoc_YourName.pdf to Dr. Xiaosi Gu at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Benefits of the jobs include:

*Ability to be involved with established, innovative, multidisciplinary collaborations

*Ability to work on research projects highly relevant to health outcomes

*Potential for high publication rate

*High potential for innovation in research design

*Competitive salary and benefits

*One year position, renewable for 2nd year based upon available funding, performance, and productivity. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date could be as early as 1st of August, 2015.

The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. UT Dallas strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty and administration.

 
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