WELCOME TO THE CNS NEWSLETTER
Get regular news updates on the CNS blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
CNS SOCIETY NEWS
Mark your Calendar!
CNS VIRTUAL MEETING FROM MARCH 13-16, 2021
Deadlines are approaching quickly so don't forget to submit your posters, symposia and YIA nominations!
Symposium Deadline: November 4, 2020
YIA deadline: November 13, 2020
Poster Deadline: November 24, 2020
In Memoriam: Arthur P. Shimamura
Professor Arthur (Art) Shimamura passed on October 6, 2020. A founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Art was a talented scientist, an award-winning teacher, and a respected leader. Throughout his career he pursued the highest ideals of science and service, and his highly-cited work has had a profound impact on our understanding of memory, amnesia and brain mechanisms. A Guggenheim Fellow, he explored the relationships between art and cognitive neuroscience in his popular 2013 book, Experiencing Art: In the Brain of the Beholder. In 1994, Art was a member of the Founding Committee of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Former society President Michael S. Gazzaniga, who served on the Founding Committee with Art, said: "Art Shimamura was an insightful and generous scientist with an unparalleled sense of the public good. He was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him." Art was open about his years long struggle with cancer, and over the past few years his Facebook posts about his late life adventures in Hawaii were widely enjoyed. During that time he wrote thoughtful works including his 2017 book, Get SMART! Five Steps Toward a Healthy Brain, and his reflective, A Walk Around O'ahu: My Personal Pilgrimage, in 2019. His impact on his colleagues and students at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and around the world, is gratefully and warmly remembered. Arthur P. Shimamura was 66.
New on the CNS Blog: Computers Generate Faces Based on Mental Maps
Get regular updates from CNS about our members and the latest science in the journals and in the news on Twitter (@CogNeuroNews) and Facebook.
Cognitive neuroscientists have long debated about whether people have visual-like "pictures in the brain" that we activate when we think of them, or whether representations are more semantically organized in sets of features. So, for example, if asked to think of a blond person, will someone conjure in their "mind's eye," a typical blond person such as Taylor Swift, or will they just target some sort of blondness feature?
To help tease out this process, some cognitive neuroscientists are now collaborating with computer scientists, using machine learning paired with EEG measurements to map mental representations. In a new paper in Science Reports, Lauri Kangassalo and colleagues at the University of Helsinki used such a technique to computer-generate faces based on the intentions of people thinking about certain facial features. Read our new Q&A with Michiel Spapé, a co-author on the paper
MOVING? CHANGING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?
Don't forget to update your contact information!
This monthly newsletter goes to all current CNS members and includes updates on events, job opportunities, and related information in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. Update membership and contact information by logging into your member account.
Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor Position
The Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. MSS provides a scientific home for cognitive neuroscientists with research programs that utilize biomedical approaches and clinical populations to investigate mechanisms for cognition. The Department has a strong and diverse extramural research portfolio exceeding $40 million spanning assessment, clinical research, and technology implementation in the hospital setting. MSS is a basic sciences unit within the medical school comprised almost entirely of Ph.D. scientists conducting human-subjects research with an outreach mission to clinical departments. As such, the Department is adept at supporting close collaborations with the many clinical centers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
We are seeking a cognitive neuroscientist with a research portfolio that uses cutting-edge methods to investigate mechanisms for cognition and cognitive impairment. Potential focus areas include invasive neural recording and/or stimulation methods, utilizing sEEG/ECoG experimental approaches in collaboration with physician scientists at the Northwestern Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, functional neuroimaging utilizing our world-class MRI scanning resources provided by Center for Translational Imaging, and methods such as noninvasive EEG, noninvasive brain stimulation, and eye-movement tracking. Researchers working with human subjects as well as with nonhuman animal models are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate would be interested in experimental studies that seek to improving understanding and treatment of the cognitive disorders experienced by clinical populations. We are seeking candidates with a strong collaborative orientation, an impressive publication record, and strong extramural funding. Participation in MSS Departmental training activities and University service are also expected and valued. Candidates would additionally have the opportunity to seek affiliation with Northwestern's many department-, school-, and campus-spanning institutes and centers, including the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Ph.D. program, the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences, the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease, the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology, and others.
The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled. For questions or more information about the position, please email Dr. Joel Voss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Diversity Cluster Hire
Department of Psychology
University of Miami
The Department of Psychology at the University of Miami (UM) is seeking a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member to join our department's Adult Division, as part of the College of Arts & Sciences cluster hiring initiative to appoint up to ten new faculty members whose intellectual and pedagogical expertise engages race.
We are seeking a faculty member with expertise in affective or social psychological science and how these topics may intersect with Black/minority studies or mental health disparities. Specific area(s) of focus could span (but are not necessarily limited to) basic research on affective and social processes; intergroup processes; mechanistic studies of mental and health disparities and community-based research; and/or studies of racial justice or biases as they relate to social processes. With regard to specialty, we are open to a wide range, including experimental, neuroscience, clinical science, quantitative, and psychophysiology as applied to examine psychological mechanisms underlying human behavior.
The Department of Psychology is a vibrant community that includes clinical and psychological sciences faculty across Adult, Child, Health, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Divisions. The mission of the Department is to acquire, advance, and disseminate knowledge within the Psychological and Biobehavioral Sciences, supported through excellent graduate programs and state-of-the-art facilities. We value a balance across academic domains, including teaching, research and service to the community. The department values and celebrates cultural diversity of all kinds, and has an engaged and active Diversity and Equity Committee. The greater Miami community is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the country, positioning our department to be a key contributor to furthering multi-cultural and ethnic studies in basic and clinical psychological science.
The Adult Division within the Psychology Department includes faculty who conduct mechanistic work in the areas of emotion, cognition, social factors, and psychopathology. We use a broad range of experimental, psychophysiological, neuroscience, evolutionary, social, quantitative, and treatment-development methodologies. The department as a whole values collaboration within and across divisions. Our Neuroimaging Facility is available to researchers working in the area of human neuroscience and/or wishing to collaborate with faculty members who do so. As a group, we are committed to the idea that an understanding of emotion, cognition, and behavior at a basic level fosters a better understanding of problem behavior across the lifespan.
Applications will be considered at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor ranks. Appointment is expected to start on August 15, 2021. To be eligible for tenure-track appointment, candidates must hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field by the appointment start date.
Applications can be submitted via the UM Careers website at https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UMFaculty and shall include:
* Letter of interest that describes your anticipated contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service in the College of Arts & Sciences
* Current CV
* Research statement
* Teaching statement
* A statement that explains your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including comment on mentoring underrepresented populations
* The names of three colleagues who can provide us with a reference
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries, requests for information, and nominations can be sent to the Search Chair Kiara Timpano (email@example.com).
The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, protected veterans, LGBTQIA+ people, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.
Assistant Professor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
The Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience beginning Fall 2021. This appointment will be full-time (nine-month). Candidates with the potential to strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are highly desirable.
Duties will include graduate and undergraduate teaching in neuroscience, maintaining an active research agenda with regular publications, publishing in top-tier journals in a related area of research, presenting research at conferences and professional meetings, supervising student research, and participating in departmental, college, and University service activities commensurate with rank. Access to technology to support research in neuropsychology and neuroscience (e.g., EEG/ERP and fMRI) are available in the department and through collaboration with a nearby institution within the LSU System, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. There is also access to computational support, collaboration, and the potential for joint appointment with LSU's Center for Computation & Technology (CCT). CCT is an interdisciplinary research center that advances computational sciences and has advanced cyberinfrastructure to enable computational research.
Please contact committee chair, Dr. Melissa Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org), with questions. More information about the Cognitive and Brain Science program at LSU can be found at: https://www.lsu.edu/hss/psychology/grad/prospective-student/areas-of-specialization/cbs.php
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Psychology or Neuroscience and a research program that uses neuroscience approaches to study human cognition. ABD candidates who will finish by the time of the appointment will be considered. Must have a sufficient research record to demonstrate the potential to develop a nationally recognized program and attract research funding.
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with strengths in computational modeling/methods and/or fMRI are particularly encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. LSU and the Department of Psychology are firmly committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty; thus, women and those from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; sick leave; paid holidays; wellness benefits; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more.
Louisiana State University is one of the nation's premier public land-, sea-, and space-grant institutions, and is recognized as a "Very High Research Activity (R1) institution" under the Carnegie Classification system. LSU maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. LSU is located in Baton Rouge, the second largest city in Louisiana, which enjoys a thriving and diverse community.
LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity/equal access employer.
Additional Job Description:
Application materials, including vita, cover letter, description of research program (Other Document 1), sample of scholarly writing (Other Document 2), evidence of teaching excellence (Other Document 3), and statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (Other Document 4) should be attached to the electronic application.
A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
Three letters of recommendation should be e-mailed (preferred) to Dr. Melissa Beck email@example.com or sent by postal mail to Dr. Melissa Beck, 236 Audubon Hall, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
Assistant Professor at University of Toronto Mississauga
Human Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Toronto Mississauga
A tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.
Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field by the start date of the appointment, or shortly thereafter and demonstrate a record of excellence in both teaching and research. Researchers whose work would enhance and complement existing strengths in lab-based developmental studies and/or has clinical/applied relevance (e.g. working with special/under-represented populations) are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidate will have a rigorous research program that focuses on the relationship between brain and behaviour in any developmental period(s) from prenatal to adolescence, in an area of Psychology that complements and expands the breadth of our program. Candidates must have a strong research program in human developmental cognitive neuroscience that demonstrates both theoretical and methodological excellence.
All qualified candidates invited to apply online: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Mississauga-Assistant-Professor-Human-Developmental-Cognitive- Neuroscience-ON/542148517/
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Human Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Toronto Mississauga
The Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areaof Human Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, broadly defined. The appointment will begin July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.
The successful applicant must have received a Ph.D. in Psychology or related field by the start date of the appointment, or shortly thereafter and demonstrate a record of excellence in both teaching and research. Researchers whose work would enhance and complement existing strengths in lab-based developmental studies and/or has clinical and/or applied relevance (e.g. working with special/under-represented populations) are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a rigorous program of research that focuses on the relationship between brain and behaviour in any developmental period(s) from the prenatal period to adolescence, in an area of Psychology that complements and expands the breadth of our program. Candidates must have a strong research program in human developmental cognitive neuroscience that demonstrates both theoretical and methodological excellence that complements ongoing research in the department.
A record of excellence in research will be demonstrated by high quality contributions in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards, and other honours, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through a teaching dossier, to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, documenting the candidate's contributions to teaching and learning, including a commitment to, and/or experience with teaching a diverse student body, as well as strong reference letters.
The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an internationally competitive, active, innovative, independent, externally funded program of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate students as well as graduate students enrolled in the tri-campus University of Toronto Psychology Graduate Program. There will be opportunities to collaborate with UTM psychologists in research clusters focused on Behavioural Neuroscience, Developmental Science, Perception Cognition and Language, and/or Health, Adaptation and Well-being, as well as with researchers on all three campuses of the University of Toronto. Applicants are encouraged to speak to how they will contribute to the research activities of the department.
For more information on the Department of Psychology, UTM please visit us at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/psychology/welcome-psychology-utm
Application Information: All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Mississauga-Assistant-Professor-Human-Developmental-Cognitive-Neuroscience-ON/542148517/
For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.
The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.
If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neuroimaging Director of Scientific Operations
CMU-Pitt BRIDGE Center
Carnegie Mellon University
The BRIDGE Center, a collaborative center for neuroimaging research that is jointly operated by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking a Scientific Operations Director. The successful candidate will be appointed as a non-tenure stream faculty member with a flexible mix of administrative, teaching, and research effort. The primary responsibility will be to oversee the daily operation of the BRIDGE center and to support its thriving user community. Duties will include managing safety training and compliance, monitoring data quality and the scheduling of routine scanner maintenance, working with the co-directors to troubleshoot and resolve equipment performance issues, and supervising other BRIDGE staff to ensure efficient and accurate center scheduling, billing, data management, and documentation systems. Strong interpersonal skills are required, as the Scientific Operations Director has the primary role in the onboarding of new users, consulting with users on MRI protocols and parameters, and serving as the point of contact for administrative units and external vendors that interface with BRIDGE. Additionally, the individual within this position will be expected to teach up to three courses per year in areas relevant to the mission of the BRIDGE center (e.g., in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging, and imaging methods), and they may choose to pursue collaborative and independent lines of funded research. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, bioengineering, or a related discipline; at least two years of post-doctoral training or its equivalent; and a track-record of neuroimaging research. Administrative or leadership experience is preferred but not required. Applications can be submitted through the BRIDGE portal (https://www.bridge-center.org/jobs), and questions about the position can be sent to either of the Co-Directors (Julie Fiez, email@example.com; Tim Verstynen, firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral Associate Position - LaBar Lab, Duke University
Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION - LABAR LAB, CENTER FOR COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, DUKE UNIVERSITY
The LaBar lab at Duke University seeks a talented postdoctoral associate to conduct human research on the cognitive neuroscience of emotion. The position is supported by an NIH-funded grant that applies machine learning algorithms to decode emotions from fMRI and psychophysiological signals. State-of-the-art facilities include multimodal psychophysiology and research-dedicated 3T MRI scanners at Duke's Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. The position is initially for a one-year term but is renewable for 3 more years, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Programming skills, expertise in fMRI, and PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or related fields are prerequisites; experience with psychophysiology and/or machine learning tools are desirable. Interested applicants should submit their CV, along with a research interest statement and contact information for 2 references, to Kevin LaBar at email@example.com. Please visit LaBarLab.com for details on the current lab organization and ongoing research projects. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Postdoc (MEG/fMRI) University of Trento (CIMeC) -- Statial n
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences
University of Trento
My lab (http://www.bottinilab.com/) at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento (Northern Italy) will soon open a call for a post-doctoral researcher interested in studying the neural mechanisms of spatial navigation, conceptual knowledge, and their interaction.
The specific topic of investigation will depend on the postdoc's interests and background, however, it will ideally relate the topics discussed in this paper:
Bottini, R., & Doeller, C. F. (2020). Knowledge Across Reference Frames: Cognitive Maps and Image Spaces. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
We are looking for a motivated candidate with strong experience in neuroimaging research. Particular relevance will be given to experience in multivariate analysis of the MEG and/or fMRI signal.
The position is up to 3 years. The salary is competitive and the cost of life in the Trento area is very reasonable. The university of Trento is one of the best University in Italy, and in 2018 was the best Italian university in the European Teaching Ranking. Moreover the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) has been recently ranked as the leading Cognitive Neuroscience research unit in
Italy. Its faculty have won several highly competitive grants on the international and national levels, including European Research Council (ERC) Starting, Consolidator and Advanced grants, as well as highly competitive grants awarded by the local province.
The research center has amazing facilities, including a brand new 3T fMRI scanner Siemens Trio (100% research), and an Elekta 306 channel MEG system (100% research). Different brain stimulation devices are available, including a TMS-EEG combined set up. The official language in the center is English and several students, researchers and PIs come from abroad. Our lab
counts at the moment 3 Ph.D. students, 4 postdocs and one research assistant from several different nationalities and background (see: http://www.bottinilab.com/people). We conduct research in several interconnected topics and we hold a strong network of international collaborations.
The Trentino region is at the top level for quality of life in Europe, with fantastic nature (the Dolomite, lake Garda), great infrastructures and welfare. The weather is beautiful and the food is delicious.
The expected starting date is flexible, preferably between January and June of 2021. If you are interested, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postdoc Position in Educational Neuroscience at Georgetown
Department of Psychology
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green, invites applications for a postdoctoral position focused on NSF- and foundation-funded projects applying cognitive neuroscience methods to questions with relevance to education, the development of creative thinking in STEM, and the neural basis of concepts and beliefs. The work to be done includes implementing a spatially-based reasoning intervention in high school STEM classrooms, and the use of MRI methods to develop predictive neural markers of classroom education-based learning. More broadly, this work seeks to contribute to bridging the gap between the real-world classroom and the cognitive neuroscience laboratory. There will be ample opportunity, dependent on the postdoc's level of interest, to engage with a range of ongoing projects in the lab related to learning, reasoning, creativity, and belief, including neuroimaging and neuromodulation-based approaches.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or anticipate a Ph.D. by summer of 2021. The preferred start range for the position is summer or early fall of 2021. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with a strong record of research productivity and with experience or substantial interest in neuroimaging data analysis, education, creativity, and/or the neural bases of concepts and beliefs.
Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals to Grace Porter (email@example.com), and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of recommendation upon request. Informal inquiries can be sent to the principal investigator, Adam Green (aeg58@Georgetown.edu). For more information on the lab, visit our website (http://cng.georgetown.edu).
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see the Georgetown website for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687- 4798. This position requires a criminal background check performed by Human Resources. Compensation is based on Georgetown pay scales, depending on qualifications and experience.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience
Dept. of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
We are seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to lead NIH-funded projects in the Laboratory for Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience directed by Dr. Hwamee Oh at Brown University. One position is to use fMRI and PET to study visual memory networks in healthy young, cognitively normal older adults, and older adults who are considered as preclinical Alzheimer's disease. The other position is to understand the brain networks that underlie risk and resilience to aging and Alzheimer's disease in a 60-year longitudinal study cohort.
Applicants with a Ph.D. degree in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, or a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with human neuroimaging, a strong background in cognitive neuroscience and experimental design, and familiarity with programming in relevant languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB) are required.
The expected start date is July 2021 or negotiable. A link to the full description of the fellowship positions can be found here under "Research Fellowship Program": https://www.brown.edu/clinical-psychology-training/postdoctoral-fellowship/postdoctoral-fellowship-applicants/available-fellowships.
A deadline for early decision applicants is December 11, 2020, and a regular decision deadline is January 4, 2021. More details can be found: https://www.brown.edu/clinical-psychology-training/postdoctoral-fellowship/postdoctoral-fellowship-applicants/application.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to email a brief description of research background and career goals, and CV with a list of 3 references to Dr. Hwamee Oh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postdoctoral Position in the Laboratory of Amishi Jha
University of Miami
The laboratory of Dr. Amishi Jha (Division of Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology, University of Miami) is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Associate. The postdoctoral associate will oversee data collection, analysis, and dissemination of neurobehavioral research that investigates the impact of mindfulness training in high-demand cohorts. A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or related field is required. Cognitive neuroscience expertise (attention, working memory, executive control), prior experience in conducting psychological training studies involving large-scale planning and logistical coordination, and a track record of academic publications are required. Familiarity with programming psychological experiments and advanced statistical methods involving HLM are highly preferred.
Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/30FdrLM
Graduate Student Position
Postdoc and PhD positions @ UConn brainLENS Lab
University of Connecticut
Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD, Professor of the Departments of Psychological Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry (https://psych.uconn.edu/person/fumiko-hoeft/), and Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (https://birc.uconn.edu) at the University of Connecticut in CT US, is now accepting applications of up to two postdoctoral fellows to begin sometime between now and the fall of 2021; and/or two PhD students to begin in the fall of 2021. Our bicoastal labs at UCSF and UConn (https://www.brainlens.org) have a strong track-record in interdisciplinary research spanning from theory, multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, dMRI, TMS, MRS, EEG, etc), genetics, machine learning and network approaches, on topics relevant to reading development, dyslexia and resilience/compensatory mechanisms. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a background or interest in behavioral genetics, and/or computational (machine learning / network) approaches that can be applied to neuroimaging data; and/or fetal/neonatal neuroimaging. The positions are fully funded, primarily by NIH grants, and by graduate research assistantships (GRAs). There are opportunities to be involved in federally funded and interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral training programs (NSF NRT https://slac.uconn.edu, NIH T32 https://cncct.research.uconn.edu). Interested applicants should contact Prof. Fumiko Hoeft @ brainLENS@uconn.edu.
|Research Assistant Positions|
Research Assistant Position
Data Manager Position - LaBar Lab, Duke University
Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
DATA MANAGER POSITION - LABAR LAB, CENTER FOR COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, DUKE UNIVERSITY
The LaBar lab at Duke University seeks a talented post-baccalaureate data analyst to facilitate data management and statistical analysis of human subjects research on the cognitive neuroscience of emotion. The position is supported by NIH-funded grants on emotion regulation and neurocomputational approaches to emotion representation in the brain. State-of-the-art facilities include multimodal psychophysiology and research-dedicated 3T MRI scanners at Duke's Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. This position will involve database management, coordination of data across on- and off-site registries, and statistical analysis of behavioral, fMRI and psychophysiological data. The position is initially for a one-year term but is renewable for 3 more years, contingent upon satisfactory performance. B.S. in statistics, data science or related computational fields, and expertise in analysis of human psychological or neuroscience data are prerequisites; experience with machine learning tools is desirable. Interested applicants should submit their CV, along with contact information for 2 references, to Kevin LaBar at email@example.com. Please visit LaBarLab.com for details on the current lab organization and ongoing research projects. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Research Assistant Position
Research Assistant/Lab Manager
Penn State University
The Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging (CAN) Lab in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is hiring a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager to assist in their investigation of the effects of aging on episodic memory using both behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods.
An emphasis in the lab is placed on understanding the cognitive and neural processes underlying false memories and associative memories. With respect to cognitive aging, our research examines neural markers of age-related cognitive decline, as well as mechanisms supporting neural compensation. Regarding neuroimaging, we utilize univariate, multivariate (pattern classification, representational similarity analyses), functional connectivity, and structural analytical approaches in our investigation of encoding and retrieval processes underlying memory performance. Information about all of our research including ongoing projects can be found on our lab website, at https://canlab.la.psu.edu/.
The lab manager will be responsible for day-to-day management tasks of lab activities including scheduling and recruiting participants, training and supervising undergraduate research assistants, creating experimental and laboratory protocols and procedures, as well as data collection and analysis. Opportunity for authorship on projects is also available.
Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A bachelor's degree, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or related fields is preferred. Experience with programming skills (e.g., MATLAB; R; Python), and analysis of fMRI data is desirable.
This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with an option for a second-year renewal. To apply for this job please upload a CV, cover letter, and the names/contact information of 3 professional references. All inquiries about the position can be sent to Dr. Nancy Dennis, Department of Psychology at firstname.lastname@example.org. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
Research Assistant Position
RA Position in Educational Neuroscience at Georgetown
Cognitive Neuroscience and Education
Department of Psychology
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green, anticipates hiring a research coordinator for an NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in real-world high school STEM education. Primary responsibilities will include interfacing with students and families as well as teachers and school administrators. Depending on level of interest, the research coordinator will have substantial opportunity to engage with all aspects of the project, including collection and analysis of behavioral and brain-imaging data. This project seeks to contribute to bridging the gap between the real-world classroom and the cognitive neuroscience laboratory.
The preferred start range for this position is early fall of 2021. Compensation is based on Georgetown pay scales, depending on qualifications and experience.
Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experiences and career goals, a current resume/CV, a college transcript, and names and contact information of two people who can readily comment on the applicant's skills relevant to this position to email@example.com. Please send any questions to Grace Porter, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the lab, visit our website: cng.georgetown.edu
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see the Georgetown website for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. This position requires a criminal background check performed by Human Resources.
Research Assistant Position
Cognition & Emotion
Department of Psychology
-- Job Summary --
The Phelps Lab at Harvard University, led by Professor Elizabeth Phelps, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA)/Lab Manager to work on a series of projects examining the relationship between cognition and emotion. The RA will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to graduate studies or medical school.
-- Job-Specific Responsibilities --
Primary responsibilities of the position include: (1) recruitment and screening of participants; (2) acquiring data from participants using behavioral, psychophysiological and brain imaging techniques; (3) data management and quality control; (4) manuscript and data preparation; and (5) general administrative duties to maintain the workings of the laboratory.
-- Basic Qualifications --
1 year of experience in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field.
-- Additional Qualifications and Skills --
B.A., B.S., or equivalent preferred, as is experience with data collection in human subjects and proficiency in task development and data analysis (e.g., Matlab, Eprime, Psychopy, R). The RA must possess excellent organizational and communication skills and must demonstrate the ability to work independently.
-- Additional Information --
The Department of Psychology sits within the Division of Social Science, which is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard's mission.
This is a two-year term position, with renewal dependent upon continuation of funding. A two-year commitment is preferred. Hours will vary week-to-week and will sometimes include evenings and weekends. When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
-- Lab Website --
-- Job Posting / Application Link --
|Graduate Student Positions|
Graduate Student Position
Cognitive Psychology Graduate Admissions
Pennsylvania State University
Faculty in the Cognitive Area of the Psychology Department at Penn State University are looking for highly motivated candidates for admission to the PhD program. Professors Roger Beaty, Michele Diaz, Elisabeth Karuza, Suzy Scherf, Janet van Hell, Daniel Weiss, and Brad Wyble are now accepting graduate student applications for admission in Fall 2021. We employ a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG & fMRI) techniques to explore the psychology and neuroscience of creativity, including metaphor production and contributions of semantic memory to verbal creativity (Beaty); the neurobiology of language production and aging (Diaz); the cognitive neuroscience of learning (Karuza); typical and atypical development of social information processing (Scherf); bilingualism and language development (Van Hell); the statistical learning mechanisms underlying language acquisition (Weiss); and computational mechanisms of visual attention and memory (Wyble). Many of us are members of the Center for Language Science: a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and collaborative language community of language researchers with expertise in bilingualism, speech language pathology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. Penn State offers state of the art, proximally located, equipment and facilities, including a Siemens Prisma Fit 3.0T MRI system, EEG recording suites, fNIRS, tDCS, and eye-tracking equipment. The Penn State psychology department has an outstanding track record of research, with a strong commitment to graduate student mentoring and development. Students can also pursue Dual-Title Doctoral Degrees in Psychology and Language Science or Psychology and Social Behavioral Neuroscience, as well as a Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Interested students are encouraged to contact us to discuss their research ideas and training goals.
Roger Beaty: email@example.com https://sites.google.com/view/beaty-cncl/
Michele Diaz: firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/
Elisabeth Karuza: email@example.com https://karuzalab.la.psu.edu/
Suzy Scherf: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.suzyscherf.com/
Janet van Hell: email@example.com http://bild.la.psu.edu/
Daniel Weiss: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pennstatebabylab.com
Brad Wyble: email@example.com http://wyblelab.com
Applications are due December 1, 2020. For more information about how to apply, visit:
Review of applications will begin immediately after the December 1st deadline. For more information about the cognitive area, visit: http://psych.la.psu.edu/graduate/program-areas/cognitive
Graduate Student Position
PhD positions in language at the University of Arizona
Department of Psychology, University of Arizona
A PhD position is available at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory (website: https://neurolang.lab.arizona.edu/) directed by Dr. Vicky Lai within the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Our current research focuses are figurative language, emotional language, and the interface between the two, across the life span. We primarily use ERP and fMRI methods, though other techniques such as TMS (MR compatible), pupillometry, and machine learning are available through collaborations with other faculty in Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, and School of Information. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Vicky Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org and apply here https://psychology.arizona.edu/academics/apply-graduate-program by December 1, 2020.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society 27th Annual Meeting
CNS VIRTUAL MEETING
This newsletter is intended for CNS members only. It is a monthly newsletter designed to update its members on events, job opportunities, and related information in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience. The Newsletter is emailed monthly to all current members. Membership and contact information can be updated by logging into member's account. For guidelines on submitting an announcement to the Newsletter, see https://cogneurosociety.org/newsletter.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
c/o Center for Mind and Brain
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, CA 95618
Moving? Changing your email address?
Don't forget to update your contact information! See, Membership.
Have something you'd like to add?
For guidelines on submitting an announcement to the Newsletter, see