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About 15 years ago, Wendy Suzuki was on a mission. She wanted to lose 25 pounds and began a regular gym and diet regimen. As she worked out more, she saw a big shift in her mood and memory. At the same time, her father suffered a sudden and debilitating loss in his cognitive abilities. One day, he couldn't find his way home from a café he had driven to every day for the previous 30 years.
"This smart engineer couldn't remember how to get home," Suzuki recalls. "It was a Black Mirror Effect: Everything that was improving in me was declining with my father."
A cognitive neuroscientist who studied the hippocampus, Suzuki became motivated to study these effects. Over the next few years, she transitioned her research focus from understanding the neurophysiology of memory to studying the link between exercise and cognition. Now her lab at New York University examines the neural mechanisms underlying exercise-related changes in cognitive performance across different populations and age groups. Read our new Q&A with Wendy Suzuki
, for a sneak peek at her CNS 2021 keynote address in March.
In Memoriam: Leslie G. Ungerleider
Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider passed away on December 10, 2020. A towering scientific figure, she was Chief of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she was an NIH Distinguished Investigator. Leslie began as a functional anatomist, and was also a talented physiologist and cognitive neuroscientist. Her early work with Mortimer Mishkin at NIMH led to the proposal of two functionally dissociated cortical pathways in the primate brain - one of the most impactful and influential concepts in visual neuroscience. Over the years she also helped to illuminate the nature of perception and attention, working in non-human primate models, and in humans using functional brain imaging. Read the full In Memoriam here.
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position
Principal Duties: Purdue University's Department of Psychological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cognitive Psychology to begin in the Fall of 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of nationally recognized research and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. You can learn more about our department at our website: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/psy/.
Qualifications: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology or a related field by the position start date, a strong publication record, and a research program with a high likelihood of obtaining external funding. We seek candidates who conduct research in cognitive psychology, broadly defined, and we are particularly interested in candidates whose research is at the intersection of Cognition and Technology. The ideal person would be knowledgeable in a specific area of cognitive psychology, use advanced quantitative methods in their work, and conduct research that has practical application in some domain (e.g., health and well-being, human-technology interactions in the workplace, augmenting learning or cognitive performance with technology). The successful candidate will have substantial opportunities to collaborate with faculty within the Department, the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), and with STEM disciplines across campus, such as Industrial Engineering, Engineering Education, Computer Science, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the Serious Gaming Center, and/or the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle hub in Discovery Park.
The College & University: The Department of Psychological Sciences is the largest Department in the College of HHS (http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/), the second largest college at Purdue. The Psychological Sciences faculty have strong connections with several college-wide initiatives, including the Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL), the Life Science MRI Facility, and the Purdue Acceptance and Inclusion Consortium. There is also the opportunity to interface with several university-wide initiatives, including the Purdue Autism Research Center (PARC), the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN), and the Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC). Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's land-grant university, a comprehensive educational and research institution and member of the American Association of Universities. The West Lafayette campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with an enrollment of 44,500 students from over 133 countries. The diverse greater Lafayette/West Lafayette community (http://www.homeofpurdue.com) has a population of approximately 200,000, and a low cost of living.
Application Procedure: Applications must include (1) cover letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) up to four peer-reviewed papers, (4) a research statement, (5) a teaching statement, and (6) a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (see below). Any interested candidate should apply https://career8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=12085&company=purdueuniv In addition, (7) arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University's Department of Psychological Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Application review will begin January 5 th , 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. Questions regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Tom Redick, Chair of the Search Committee (email@example.com).
Equal Opportunity: Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY/ COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
The Union College Department of Psychology seeks an excellent teacher-scholar specializing in cognitive psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience for an initial one-year appointment pending final administrative approval, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will offer our 200-level courses in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, along with other specialty courses in line with their expertise. An ability to teach our 200-level statistics course and our 300-level lab course in sensation and perception would be helpful. We expect that our new colleague will conduct high-quality research in which our Psychology/Neuroscience students may play a role. PhD by appointment date preferred.
Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies. The Psychology department plays a strong role in the Neuroscience major, and our future colleague will likely be working with both psychology and neuroscience majors. Contributions to other interdisciplinary programs would also be welcome but are not required.
Teaching load is two courses per ten-week trimester, six courses per academic year. Salary and benefits are competitive. The College offers strong support for both teaching and research.
Founded in 1795, Union College is a small, selective, private college with a history of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. We attract outstanding students who appreciate rigorous and engaging learning experiences and opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research.
The College is located in New York's Capital District, a metropolitan area of over one million people. Our region offers a range of residential options from urban to suburban to rural, along with a variety of interesting cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition, both New York City and Boston are located within three-hour drives from campus.
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity, but to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. As such, we welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations.
We ask that candidates submit the following via our portal at http://jobs.union.edu: (1) an application letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statements of teaching and research interests, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness including any course evaluations and peer evaluations that are available, (5) evidence of scholarship including copies of peer-reviewed publications, and (6) a statement describing experience working with diverse student populations and/or the ability to contribute to a diverse community. Questions may be directed to George Bizer, chair of the search committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2021.
Postdoctoral Position in the Cognitive Neuroscience of ASD
MIND Institute/Department of Psychiatry
University of California, Davis
The Solomon lab invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in the clinical cognitive neuroscience of autism. The postdoctoral researcher will play an integral role in overseeing the collection and analysis of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging data for Dr. Marjorie Solomon's NIH-funded ACE Center and other projects which include a clinical trial comparing the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy versus medication versus pill placebo and an NIH-funded study investigating the emergence of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. During data collection, the fellow also may analyze and publish data from the Lab's other grants that investigate cognitive control, memory, and emotion processing in children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The position also includes opportunities for the postdoctoral researcher to participate in clinically-oriented activities in the Solomon Lab and at the MIND Institute.
The Solomon Lab (https://health.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/cognitive-development/index.html) is located at the UC Davis MIND Institute (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ ), a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Solomon is the Associate Director of the UC Davis Imaging Research Center (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/irc/ ), which houses a Siemens Trio 3-Tesla scanner. The job will include participation in the MIND Institute's ACE Center meetings to learn about team science.
Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a related field prior to start date and a strong interest in studying autism spectrum disorder. Experience in behavioral and neuroimaging experimental design and data analysis and strong writing skills are required; strong computational skills and/or expertise in neuroimaging methods preferred.
If interested, contact Marie Krug, PhD (email@example.com). Please include a CV and a statement of research interests.
Postdoctoral position, Spatial Navigation, fMRI, Aging, UF
University of Florida
The Spatial Cognition and Navigational Neuroscience (SCANN) Laboratory at the
University of Florida, directed by Dr. Steven Weisberg, is hiring a postdoctoral
researcher who will lead behavioral and fMRI experiments related to the cognitive
neuroscience of spatial navigation. The SCANN lab uses behavioral cognitive
psychology methods in desktop and immersive virtual reality, structural MRI, and
univariate and multivariate approaches to fMRI data to determine the behavioral and
neural underpinnings of human navigation behavior. To learn more about our work
please see our website.
The primary purpose of this position is to lead research on changes to the neural
representation of spatial directions during healthy aging and in Alzheimer's diseaserelated pathology.
The initial position is a 2-year appointment, with subsequent renewals depending on
funding availability. Preferred start date is February 1, 2021, but is negotiable. Salary
will be paid at the NIH postdoctoral levels.
If interested, please contact Steven Weisberg by email and include a CV and two
letters of recommendation: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will accept applications until
the position is filled.
Required Qualification: PhD in psychology, neuroscience, computer science,
biomedical engineering, or a related field
Preferred Qualifications: (1) Experience with virtual environment design (Unity3D,
SteamVR, Vive). (2) Experience with fMRI design and analysis (including FSL, Matlab,
or Python tools. Experience with network neuroscience methods is a plus). (3)
Experience with cognitive aging or Alzheimer's disease.
Staff Scientist: Methods and Quality Control of Neuroimaging
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Donders Institute, Radboud University
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Staff Scientist: Methods and Quality Control of Neuroimaging
Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
Maximum gross monthly salary: € 5,127
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Required background: PhD
Duration of the contract: 1 year
Application deadline: 30 January 2021
We are looking for
The Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University, invites applications for a staff scientist for methods and quality control of neuroimaging. The staff scientist position is for a candidate who has expertise in advanced (analysis) methods for neuroimaging research (fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS, etc.). As a staff scientist you will collaborate with multiple researchers at the centre, advancing the development and implementation of state-of-the-art design and analysis pipelines for the different neuroimaging methods. In addition, you will play an important role in quality control and standardization of analysis pipelines. Moreover, you will actively follow and/or contribute to improving research methods in the field.
A doctoral degree in physics, engineering, neuroscience or a related field.
Demonstrable interest, or affinity with, modern cognitive neuroimaging research.
A strong quantitative background (e.g. advanced skills in statistical analyses, computational modelling and signal processing).
The capability to work in a systematic and well-documented fashion.
A high level of communication skills and willingness to interact with researchers in multiple research groups.
The versatility and willingness to learn new skills as the field develops.
A team player with strong social skills and the ability to communicate with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
An excellent command of written and spoken English.
You have a proactive and flexible attitude to work.
Where candidates for this position are equally suitable, preference will be given to female candidates.
The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.
The mission of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN) is to conduct cutting-edge fundamental research in cognitive neuroscience. Much of the rapid progress in this field is being driven by the development of complex neuroimaging techniques for measuring activity in the human brain - an area in which the Centre plays a leading role. The research themes cover central cognitive functions, such as perception, action, control, emotion, decision-making, attention, memory, language, learning and plasticity. The Centre also aims to establish how the different brain areas coordinate their activity with very high temporal precision to enable human and animal cognition. Our internationally renowned centre currently hosts more than 100 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from more than 25 countries, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is equipped with four MRI scanners (7T, 3x 3T), a 275-channel MEG system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, and high-performance computational facilities.
We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!
Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
A minimum gross monthly salary of € 3,746 and a maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
Duration of the contract: 1 year, with the possibility of extension based on performance.
The intended start date is 1 April 2021.
You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.
Would you like more information?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. P. Hagoort, director
Tel.: +31 24 361 06 48
Please address your application to Prof. dr. P. Hagoort and submit it, using the application button, no later than 30 January 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.
Your application should include the following attachments:
Letter of motivation.
The institute involved is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience
University of British Columbia/Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Salary: $40,000 - 55,000 CAD (based on experience)
Start Date: Fall 2021
Duration: 2 years with a possibility of renewal
Description: We invite applicants for a full-time postdoctoral research position in our laboratory. We use neuroimaging (functional and structural), behavioral tasks, and experience-sampling, to examine the neurocognitive mechanisms of thought. Ongoing projects include a functional (fMRI) and structural neuroimaging project investigating the neural correlates of ICU physician burnout, an fMRI project seeking to test predictions of our Dynamic Framework of Thought (https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn.2016.113
), and a behavioral/self-report experiment examining the relationships between different types of thought dynamics, and clinical variables. There is a high potential for new projects to begin in Fall 2021.
The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and have a strong publication record that includes neuroimaging research. Candidates should have prior experience with advanced fMRI methods (e.g., functional connectivity, network modeling). Preference will be given to candidates who also experience with structural MRI (e.g., DTI, ASL, QSM). Strong technical and programming skill are required, as well as knowledge of standard software packages such as E-prime, SPSS, R, Matlab, SPM, FSL, and CONN. We are looking for someone with strong commitment, organizational skills, flexibility, skills for clear and respectful communication, and an ability to work independently as well as in a team.
The lab is funded by the NSERC and CIHR and is housed in the Psychology Department at UBC (http://www.christofflab.ca/). Neuroimaging is conducted at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on a state-of-the-art 3T MRI Phillips research-dedicated scanner. UBC provides a strong research environment with the availability of EEG, PET, bodily physiology recording, and through collaborations with other labs, tDCS, virtual reality, eye-tracking, and other cutting-edge techniques.
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com
and attach a CV, statement of intent, and contact information for three references. Applications are due by January 31st, 2020.
Postdoctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience of semantics
University of South Carolina
Postdoctoral Fellow: Cognitive Neuroscience of Semantics. A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology. The lab focuses on cognitive neuroscience of language, semantic memory, and embodiment of concepts using neuroimaging, brain stimulation, patient studies, lesion-symptom mapping, and computational modeling. Excellent facilities for fMRI, TMS, tDCS, and eye tracking are available. The Fellow will have an exciting opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects at the Institute for Mind and Brain (http://mindandbrain.sc.edu/).
Candidates with a PhD in any of the cognitive sciences (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science) are welcome to apply. A research background in cognitive neuroscience/cognitive science, relevant to semantic or language processing, is required. Expertise with fMRI (including MVPA), or brain stimulation (TMS or tDCS) is required. Experience in one or more of lesion-symptom mapping, behavioral testing or imaging of patient populations, EEG, connectionist modeling, or machine learning is also a positive, along with skills in programming and statistics (e.g., Python, Matlab, R). A promising publication record is a plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, brief statement of research experience and interests, and names of three referees (who will be asked for a reference letter if necessary; actual letters are not required initially). Expected starting date is Summer 2021, but is flexible. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be assessed as they arrive.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
|Research Assistant Positions|
University of British Columbia/Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Salary: $40,000 - 50,000 CAD (based on experience)
Start Date: Summer or Fall 2021
Duration: Minimum 2 years commitment required
Description: We invite applicants for a full-time research coordinator position in our laboratory. The position involves a combination of administrative and research duties for the lab. We use neuroimaging (functional and structural), behavioral tasks, and experience-sampling, to examine the neurocognitive mechanisms of thought. Ongoing projects include a functional (fMRI) and structural neuroimaging project investigating the neural correlates of ICU physician burnout, an fMRI project seeking to test predictions of our Dynamic Framework of Thought (https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn.2016.113
), and a behavioral/self-report experiment examining the relationships between different types of thought dynamics and clinical variables. There is a high potential for new projects to begin in Fall 2021.
The successful applicant will have completed a Bachelor's in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Candidates with substantial prior experience with conducting independent research will be given preference. Technical skills are an asset, including programming experience with MATLAB, and knowledge of statistical analyses. We are looking for someone with strong commitment, organizational skills, flexibility, skills for clear and respectful communication, and an ability to work independently as well as in a team. Proficiency with neuroimaging methods (fMRI) and software analyses packages (e.g., SPM, CONN, FSL) is expected to be developed during of the position.
The lab is funded by the NSERC and CIHR and is housed in the Psychology Department at UBC (http://www.christofflab.ca/). Neuroimaging is conducted at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, on a state-of-the-art 3T MRI Phillips research-dedicated scanner.
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com
and attach a CV, statement of intent, transcripts, two academic writing samples, and contact information for three references. Applications are due by January 31st, 2021.
Congrats to the Winners of the 2020 Best Illusion Contest!
Neural Correlate Society
Voters around the globe chose the Best Illusions of the Year from the Top 10 Finalists competing in the 16th edition of Best Illusion of the Year Contest (hosted by the Neural Correlate Society and supported by the Museum of Mind). The TOP 3 winning illusions were revealed on Friday, December 11th.
First Prize and a $3,000 award went to "3D Schröder Staircase," by Kokichi Sugihara, Japan.
Second Prize and a $2,000 award went to "The Real Thing??" by Matt Pritchard, United Kingdom.
Third Prize and a $1,000 award went to "Impossible grid typography," by Daniël Maarleveld, The Netherlands.
If you enjoyed the spectacular illusions that competed in 2020, please make an end-of-year tax-deductible donation to the Best Illusion of the year Contest. We rely on your generous help to continue to share the wonders of illusion with people of all ages and backgrounds, all over the world.
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez, Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse
Announcement for the Temple University Department of Psychol
We are excited to announce the inaugural Rising Star Award sponsored by Temple University's Department of Psychology. This award represents efforts to increase diversity and inclusivity in the psychological sciences by providing an opportunity for a trainee to present their work to the Department of Psychology. The award winner will present their work at a colloquium in the Spring of 2021 and receive a $300 honorarium. The theme of this semester's award is "Learning and Memory", broadly construed.
The award is open to senior graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Research advisors should submit the application on behalf of their trainees. The application consists of a nomination letter (500 words) and a diversity statement (250 words). The nomination should highlight the applicant's commitment to research in learning and memory, and the diversity statement should include how the candidate will contribute to the promotion of diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the field. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2/1/2021. Any additional inquiries can also be sent to the email@example.com.
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