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REU at Vanderbilt
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:39

Research Experiment for Undergraduates (REU) at Vanderbilt (Summer 2016)

We are looking for outstanding students interested in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the CatLab at Vanderbilt University this summer 2016. Our REU is part of an NSF-funded project entitled Perceptual Categorization in Real-World Expertise. This project uses online behavioral experiments to understand the temporal dynamics of perceptual expertise, measuring and manipulating the dynamics of object recognition and categorization at different levels of abstraction and assessing how those dynamics vary over measured levels of expertise, using computational models to test hypotheses about expertise mechanisms. Students have opportunities to work on projects ranging from the development of online experiments, development of analysis routines, and development and testing of computational models. This REU is especially appropriate for students interested in applying to graduate programs in psychology, vision science, cognitive science, or neuroscience. The REU provides a $5000 summer stipend, $500 per week for ten weeks; an additional $150 per week helps offsets the cost of housing and meals; a $250 travel allowance is also provided. REUs are restricted to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree program and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive and Neural Modeling of Visual Cognition
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:23

Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt

We are eagerly seeking postdoctoral fellows to join NIH- and NSF-funded projects developing and testing cognitive and neural models of visual cognition.

The range of possible projects is broad and varied, with research aimed at developing and testing computational models of perceptual decision making, visual memory and categorization, and face and object recognition. One line of research aims to model how these change with learning and expertise. Another aims to link cognitive models with neural measures and neural models. In addition to working with the lab PI, Thomas Palmeri, fellows can have opportunities to collaborate with Isabel Gauthier, Gordon Logan, Jeffrey Schall, and other faculty at Vanderbilt. Collaborative opportunities are also possible with members of the Perceptual Expertise Network ( and the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center ( See the CatLab web site ( for descriptions of current projects and links to recent publications.

Research facilities include computer workstations, laboratory behavioral testing stations, web-based infrastructure for online experiments, eye trackers, and a shared 6000-core / 500TB compute cluster at Vanderbilt’s ACCRE. Postdoctoral fellows will also take advantage of the facilities and support provided by the Department of Psychology (, the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center (, and the Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience (

Candidates can hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related disciplines. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in computer programming and statistical analyses; some background in computational modeling is strongly desired, some knowledge of Bayesian approaches is also desired. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to candidates who can begin within six months. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they arrive. Salary will be based on NIH postdoctoral scale. Applicants should send a cover letter with a brief research statement, a CV, and names and email addresses of three references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:35

Santa Fe Institute will be accepting applications for the 2016 Cohort until 1 November 2015. Candidate interviews will be conducted in late January 2016 in Santa Fe, NM. Apply online:

The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 10 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and 250 visitors per year. SFI's research themes and interests of its faculty and current fellows can be found at

As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Omidyar Fellows participate in a provocative training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond.  The program focuses on sustained mentoring relationships with SFI resident and external faculty, skill development workshops, off-campus research and teaching experiences, and the variety of scholarly leadership and science management opportunities at SFI.


The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers you:
- transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide
- up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico
- discretionary research and collaboration funds
- competitive salary and generous benefits
- a structured leadership training program
- unparalleled intellectual freedom


- a Ph.D. in any discipline (or expected Ph.D. by September 2016)
- strong computational and quantitative skills
- an exemplary academic record
- a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research
- evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms


Applications are welcome from:
- candidates from any country
- candidates from any discipline
- women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply

SFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested candidates should apply online at and submit the following:
- Curriculum vitae (including publications list).
- Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why.
- Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment?
- Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independent of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.)
- (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished.

Inquiries: email to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cog Neuro and Computational Positions
Saturday, 29 August 2015 13:17

Three postdoc and one lab manager position are available in my lab, All close 15-September. Applying is fairly straightforward, so if interested please go ahead and apply - no inquiry necessary. A dialogue will be established with shortlisted candidates as soon after the closing date as feasible. Thanks.


(1-2) Research Associate in Functional Neuroimaging of Cognition. Two postdoc positions are available on a Wellcome Trust funded project concerning the neural, psychological, and computational basis of learning and decision making. Candidates should have extensive knowledge and experience in brain imaging and wish to link advanced fMRI data analysis techniques with cognitive modelling.


(3) Research Associate in Computational Modelling of Cognition. A postdoc position is available on a Leverhulme Trust funded project concerning the basis of capacity constraints in human learning and decision making.


(4) Research Assistant (Lab Manager) in Cognitive Neuroscience. A Researcher Assistant position is available on a Wellcome Trust funded project concerning the neural, psychological, and computational basis of learning and decision making.

Tenure-track assistant/associate in psychology
Friday, 28 August 2015 15:48

The Department of Psychology at Michigan State University seeks to hire a full-time tenure-system faculty member at the assistant or associate professor level in the area of cognition and cognitive neuroscience.  Successful candidates should have a strong program of research as well as strong potential/record to secure extramural funding.  We will consider candidates in any area of cognition and cognitive neuroscience, but are particularly interested in researchers studying high-level cognition, such as problem solving, executive control, judgment and decision making, learning and memory, or attention.  Research programs that are interdisciplinary and can bridge to other areas of the department, particularly those employing mathematical or computational modeling approaches, would be highly valued.

Beginning date for this appointment is August 16, 2016.  A Ph.D. is required.  Applicants should complete an online application at (posting #1905).  Applications should include a cover letter, 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: CCN Search). Consideration of applications will begin November 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries regarding this position are welcome and can be directed to Dr. Taosheng Liu at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, Veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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