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CNS 2020 | Update on Coronavirus 

We understand that some of you are concerned about the new coronavirus, and we are working to stay updated on the situation and to take steps needed to keep the conference safe. We are closely following recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the  Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the   Boston Public Health Commission At the present time, the health authorities do not recommend cancellation of upcoming events, and characterize the risks in Massachusetts as low. Therefore, as of this date, the annual meeting will proceed as planned. Bookmark this page for any updates.

Travel Issues
If you are traveling to CNS 2020 from a country that has had a government travel ban imposed, then CNS will provide you a refund on your registration. Below are some upcoming dates for you to be aware of.
 
Regular Registration Deadline             February 23, 2020
Onsite Registration Rates Start             February 24, 2020
CNS 2020 Annual Meeting                   March 14-17, 2020
 
For more information, please visit the CDC page on COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 
Tips for a Healthier Conference

Please help us make CNS 2020 a healthier conference for everyone by keeping in mind a few tips:
  1. Skip the handshake: Try an elbow bump, head nod, bow, or air fist bump.
  2. Wash hands frequently: Use soap and warm water. If a sink is not immediately available, look for a hand sanitizing station in the conference center.
  3. Avoid touching your face: This includes your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Cough or sneeze into an elbow or a disposable tissue: But really, if you are not feeling well (including have a fever, cough, and/or sneezing), avoid coming into contact with people or coming into talks. And please seek medical care or help from a conference organizer if needed.
  5. Avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily: Think about using your knuckles instead of your fingertips for pushing buttons and using paper towels or tissues for opening doors after washing your hands.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the conference personnel on site. Our meeting team is working hard to keep the conference space clean and healthy. We appreciate your help and hope you have a wonderful meeting!

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New on the CNS Blog: CNS 2020 Trainee Panel and Keynote Previews

Juggling the Early Years of a Cognitive Neuroscience Career

Shelby Smith remembers feeling inspired and humbled the first time she attended the professional development panel at an annual CNS meeting. "There is just something about being in a room filled to the brim with other students where the only purpose of being there is to show you that you're not alone and that there are so many people out there who are happy to help guide you in your career," she recalls.

Now serving on the CNS Trainee Association Committee, Smith helps to shape the  professional development panel each year . The goal, she says, is simple: to provide resources for students in cognitive neuroscience. Read a Q&A with Smith here

I t's All Relative: Cooperation Makes People a Special Type of Ape

When Michael Tomasello was an undergraduate student at Duke University studying developmental psychology, he studied the theories of Jean Piaget, a psychologist who thought evolutionarily. "He was looking at children like they were a different species," Tomasello recalls. "He would always emphasize that they have their own way and own logic, and that we shouldn't make them into little adults and we need to understand how they understand the world around them."

Now  a professor at Duke, Tomasello  has taken these dual concepts of development and evolution and applied them toward understanding what distinguishes people from other apes. Read a Q&A with Tomasello here, previewing his CNS 2020 public keynote talk on March 14 in Boston. 
 
Get regular updates from CNS about our members and the latest science in the journals and in the news  on Twitter ( @CogNeuroNews ) and  Facebook .

Stop by the CNS 2020 Communications Open House

On March 15th and 16th from 8:30-10am at CNS 2020 in Boston, CNS Public Information Officer Lisa M.P. Munoz will answer your questions, give advice, and talk about the communication and press services CNS offers. No appointment needed. Just grab some breakfast and drop into the Kent Room.

Recruiting Guest Bloggers for CNS 2020.

CNS invites its members to author blog posts about research being presented at the upcoming CNS 2019 meeting in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to communicate and share your work with a broader audience! Send your ideas to Lisa M.P. Munoz at: cns.publicaffairs@gmail.com.
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Conference/Symposium/Event

Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity 6th Annual Meeting: Register to attend SfNC 2020 March 13-14!

Cognitive Neuroscience

Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity

The 6th annual meeting of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (tsfnc.org) will take place immediately preceding the CNS meeting, and within walking distance of the CNS venue, on March 13th and 14th, 2020.

Register to attend at https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daGP7ue9mqRjsZT

The meeting will feature keynotes by three leading creativity researchers: Teresa Amabile (Harvard), Jonathan Schooler (UCSB), and Ellen Winner (Boston College).

We will also host a "How to Make It as a Creativity Researcher" panel, in which junior and senior researchers, including a recent NSF program director, will discuss challenges, opportunities, and effective strategies for crafting a career in cognitive and brain-based creativity research. Current NSF program officers will also present an overview of of funding opportunities available for creativity research at NSF.


Contact Website 
www.tsfnc.org

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Conference/Symposium/Event

Join Us in Glasgow from 8-9 July 2020 for the 5th Workshop on Virtual Social Interaction!

University of Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that the 5th Virtual Social Interaction (VSI) workshop will be held in bonnie Glasgow, Scotland from 8-9 July 2020. The workshop will showcase the latest cross-cutting research exploring different aspects of social interactions with intelligent agents, with talks and posters representing findings from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, social robotics, engineering and computer science. We look forward to welcoming keynotes from leading scholars whose work spans several of these domains, including Leo Schilbach (MPI for Psychiatry, Munich), Kerstin Dautenhahn (Waterloo, Ontario), Stacy Marsella (Glasgow, UK)
, and Sylvia Xueni Pan (Goldsmiths, UK)

In addition, we are delighted to be welcoming Guido Orgs (Goldsmiths, UK) who will be leading an interactive workshop titled "Analog Immersion: Liveness in Dance, Theatre and Performance Art". 

Abstract submission is now open, and closes on 1 May 2020. Early bird registration (£60 students/£80 non-students) is open until 1 May, with regular registration rates (£80 students/£100 non-students) available until 1 July. Registration is strictly capped at 70 participants. Up to four travel awards of up to £200 are available for the best talk/poster presentations by earlier career researchers (within 5 years of PhD award). Come join us in Glasgow for this European Research Council-sponsored workshop, where the mind, brain and technology meet!  

www.so-bots.com/vsi2020


Contact Website 
http://www.so-bots.com/vsi2020

Faculty Positions

Faculty Position

Harvard College Fellows

Psychology

Harvard University

The Department of Psychology at Harvard University welcomes applications for teaching positions in Cambridge, MA for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (kpowers@fas.harvard.edu).

We invite applications from new or recent PhDs with strong interests in teaching for the Harvard College Fellows Program. College Fellows are teaching-focused postdoctoral positions comprised of 75% teaching, including training in course development and pedagogy, and 25% research, with mentorship from a faculty member in the Psychology Department. Applications are due by February 21, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted unless positions remain open after an initial round. For more information and application instructions please visit: https://facultyresources.fas.harvard.edu/social-sciences

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.


Contact Website 
https://facultyresources.fas.harvard.edu/social-sciences
 
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Faculty Position

Lecturers (Part-Time)

Psychology

Harvard University

The Department of Psychology at Harvard University welcomes applications for teaching positions in Cambridge, MA for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (kpowers@fas.harvard.edu).

We invite applications for part-time lecturer positions. We are especially interested in candidates who could teach empirically-based advanced undergraduate courses in social psychology, abnormal psychology/clinical science, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology/neuroscience, and research methods/programming. Applications received by March 16, 2020 will be guaranteed full consideration. For more information and application instructions please visit: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9498

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. 


Contact Website 
http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9498

 
Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROREHABILITATION

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (Einstein Healthcare Network)

Three-year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. 
Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to candidates who identify themselves as members of historically under-represented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter.
Mentors Include:
Laurel Buxbaum (MRRI)
Anjan Chatterjee (PENN)
Branch Coslett (PENN)
John Detre (PENN)
Dylan Edwards (MRRI)
Murray Grossman (PENN)
Roy Hamilton (PENN)
Shailesh Kantak (MRRI)
Erica Middleton (MRRI)
Amanda Rabinowitz (MRRI)
John Whyte (MRRI)

Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator,
(whelihak@einstein.edu ) and must include:
- current CV
- letter describing research interests and career goals
-Given the translational focus of the training program, applicants should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, a secondary mentor. The mentors should offer a good fit in balancing basic and applied aspects of the candidate's interests.
- 2-3 letters of reference

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 10 and continue until positions are filled.

Contact Website 
www.mrri.org
 
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Postdoctoral Position

3 postdoc positions in cognitive neuroscience (PI: Doby Rahnev)

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Perception, Neuroimaging, and Modeling lab (PI: Dr. Doby Rahnev, rahnevlab.gatech.edu) is hiring 3 postdocs. The exact topic of research is flexible and could include investigating the neural and/or computational bases of perceptual decision making, metacognition, attention, expectation or learning. A special focus of the lab is how these processes are supported by large distributed brain networks. The Rahnev lab uses a wide range of methods such as fMRI, TMS, psychophysics, computational modeling and concurrent TMS-fMRI. All positions are funded by recent NIH and ONR grants and are initially for 2 years with a possibility for extension. Candidates will be given the opportunity to conduct studies building on current lab research or developing their own projects ideas. The positions are available immediately; it is expected that the start date for most positions will be in the Summer or early Fall of 2020 though earlier start dates are preferred. The ideal postdoctoral candidate would have strong computer programming and statistical skills, a promising publication record, and previous experience in fMRI data collection and analyses (though candidates without such experience will also be considered). To apply, email (1) your CV, (2) a brief description of your research interests and how they match the directions of the lab, and (3) a list of three references (names and email addresses will suffice at this point) to Dr. Doby Rahnev (rahnev@psych.gatech.edu).

Contact Website 
http://rahnevlab.gatech.edu/getinvolved.html
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Seeking Post-Doctoral Researcher to Investigate Causal Mechanisms Underlying Perception and Cognition in Patients

Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of Psychology

University of Michigan

We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to study the causal mechanisms underlying broad facets of cognition and perception in patients (language, motor/sensory functions, attention, auditory perception, and multisensory integration). The researcher will be housed in the Multisensory Perception Lab (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/brang-lab/) at the University of Michigan, but this project involves multiple labs and hospitals. The goal of this collaboration is to improve surgical outcomes and quality of life in those with an intrinsic brain tumor, while also conducting basic science research on the causal mechanisms underlying cognitive and perceptual processes. This project uses electrocorticography (ECoG), direct cortical stimulation (DCS), and voxel lesion symptom mapping (VLSM) in brain tumor patients, and there will be freedom for separate research using other methods in our lab (ECoG in epilepsy patients, fMRI, DTI, and EEG). The ideal start date is from spring to fall 2020 and the position is expected to last for at least two years, with the possibility of extension for subsequent years.  

Required qualifications:
* A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
* Experience collecting, processing, and analyzing neurophysiological signals (EEG, ECoG, MEG, or neurophysiological recordings in animals)
* Strong computational skills (e.g., machine learning or other advanced oscillatory analyses)
* Excellent programming skills (e.g., Python or MATLAB)
* Experience designing experiments
* A strong publication record
* Excellent interpersonal skills

Additional preferred qualifications:
* A broad understanding of cognitive and perceptual processes (including language, motor/sensory functions, attention, auditory perception, and multisensory integration)
* Experience with MRI, DTI, or VLSM
* Although it is not required that the individual work directly with patients in this position, prior experience testing or interacting with patients is beneficial for the ethical and effective design of new experiments

Please contact Dr. David Brang (djbrang@umich.edu) with questions and visit https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/brang-lab/join-the-lab/ for additional information.


Contact Website 
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/brang-lab/join-the-lab/
 
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Postdoctoral Position
 
2 Postdoc or Senior Researcher Positions in Developmental Psychology and/or in Social Neuroscience

Berlin, Germany

Social Neuroscience Lab

Max Planck Society

The Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society situated in the heart of Berlin, Germany, invites applications for 2 Postdoc or Senior Researcher Positions in Developmental Psychology and/or in Social Neuroscience.

The positions are part of a new and upbuilding lab under the scientific supervision of Prof. Dr. Tania Singer, situated in the heart of Berlin, Germany, in Haus5 on Campus Nord of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (www.social.mpg.de). The lab investigates the foundations of human sociality, and more specifically the neural, developmental and hormonal mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotions and prosocial behaviors as well as their plasticity through contemplative mental trainings. The successful candidates will be involved in all aspects of research in the domain of developmental- and social psychology and/or social neuroscience. On the one hand, the candidates will be able to publish on a huge already acquired data set in the context of the ReSource Project, a 9-month longitudinal mental training study on mindfulness and compassion, including functional- and structural brain-, autonomic- and behavioral data as well as daily subjective wellbeing measures and qualitative interviews (www.resource-project.com). On the other hand, successful candidates will develop and perform new experiments in the field investigating the effects of affective and cognitive mental training on the improvement of social skills (e.g., empathy, compassion, Theory of Mind, attention), prosocial behaviors and mental health in educational (schools) and health care environments. The position is devoted to research with no requirements of teaching and minimal administrative duties. 

Job description
- Conducting psychological experiments in school or health care environments to assess the effects of mental training intervention in various domains (e.g., Theory of Mind, attention, compassion, emotion regulation, prosocial behavior and cooperation)
- Implementation of contemporary technologies for the assessment of subjective wellbeing and socio-emotional experiences in daily life (e.g., event-sampling methods based on mobile phones and apps).
- Participation in designing short-term mental training interventions based on techniques such as the "Contemplative Dyads" developed in the Resource Project, but adapted to educational and health care environments. 
- Interest in working with children and/or medical professions and translational research.
- Interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in psychobiology (e.g., stress physiology) and other fields of expertise.

Job requirements
The successful candidates have finished their PhD and may have held a postdoctoral position. They show evidence of high scholarly promise in the form of publications and other academic achievements. He/She shows expertise in the fields of developmental- and social psychology and/or social neuroscience and an interest in contemplative studies (e.g., mindfulness- and compassion interventions) and translational field research. He/She has experience in developing and running psychological experiments and using modern technologies for the psychological assessment in daily life and in ecologically valid environments (e.g., palm pilots, mobile phones, internet or event-sampling studies). Further, he/she has in depth expertise in modern statistical analysis methods and the use of software packages (e.g. SPSS, R, MATLAB etc.). He/She likes independent work but is also a team-player and has excellent communication skills.

For further details, see www.social.mpg.de or contact Juliane Domke (office@social.mpg.de). Applications, including a CV, list of publications, motivation letter, and 3 references, should be sent to Juliane Domke (office@social.mpg.de) via email as a single PDF file (in English and, if possible, also in German), with your name as the file name. Application review will continue until the positions are filled. Each position is based on the gross salary levels of the public sector (TVöD, E13) and for a duration of two years with possible extension. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Social Neuroscience Lab in Berlin, Germany. 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages women and handicapped individuals to apply.


Contact Website 
www.social.mpg.de
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Two postdoctoral positions in the Speech Motor Neuroscience Group at UW-Madison

speech neuroscience

Communication Sciences and Disorders

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Speech Motor Neuroscience Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in the field of speech neuroscience. The group consists of two research labs, the Brain Language & Acoustic Behavior lab (directed by Carrie Niziolek) and the Speech Motor Action + Control lab (directed by Ben Parrell). One position will investigate techniques to modulate the effectiveness of sensorimotor learning in speech. The other position will investigate neural changes associated with speech production training in both typical individuals and persons with aphasia. Both postdoctoral scholars will additionally have opportunities to interact with vibrant research communities at UW-Madison, including the Waisman Center (which houses both labs) and the Neuroscience Training Program. The initial appointment for both positions will be for one year, with potential extensions for additional years. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Two-year postdoctoral position

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

HDFS /Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar beginning summer or fall 2020 for NIH-funded studies of infant brain and behavioral development during the first years of life. We are investigating how early caregiving experiences shape the organization of large-scale brain networks using an array of methods, including direct behavioral observations, ambulatory assessments, psychophysiology (RSA), resting-state fMRI, and EEG/ERP. The postdoctoral scholar will be centrally involved in processing and analyzing neuroimaging data obtained from infants at 3 and 12 months of age. We also seek candidates who want to gain experience in observational and/or ambulatory assessments of infant-parent interactions and who have a strong interest in bridging neural and behavioral levels of analysis in pediatric populations. 

The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Nancy McElwain (Human Development and Family Studies; Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology) and Dr. Brad Sutton (Bioengineering; Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute). This position provides strong opportunities for professional development and mentorship, and in collaboration with the larger team, the postdoctoral scholar will play a central role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contributing to the preparation of future grant proposals, and assisting with management of small teams of graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants. 

Position qualifications include a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or a related field; record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; extensive experience with MRI acquisition, processing and analyses; strong computer, statistical and technical skills (SPSS, Mplus, Python, Matlab, R, SPM, FSL or similar platforms); ability to work independently as well as in a team. 

Strong preference will be given to candidates who bring extensive experience with functional connectivity analyses and resting-state fMRI. Preference will also be given to candidates who have experience with neuroimaging in pediatric populations. Experience with EEG/ERP data and/or machine learning algorithms are not required for this position but are considered a plus.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references to Jordan Bodway at krwczyk2@illinois.edu. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Nancy McElwain at mcelwn@illinois.edu. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable.
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Control

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology and Neuroscience

Florida State University

The Nee Lab for Cognitive Neuroscience at Florida State University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher for an NIH funded project examining the neural basis of cognitive control. This project will use a combination of fMRI, computational techniques, and TMS to model and modulate hierarchical interactions supporting cognitive control.

The successful applicant must be proficient in MATLAB or Python with a strong technical background. A proven track-record in fMRI and/or computational neuroscience is preferred. Applicants should also show a commitment to mentorship.

Target start date is Summer or Fall of 2020. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and list of 3 referees to nee@psy.fsu.edu.

Contact Website 
https://psy.fsu.edu/neelab
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoc in Affective Neuroscience

Psychology

Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PI: Maital Neta) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher (start date negotiable). The lab uses neuroimaging (fMRI, resting state fMRI), psychophysiology, behavioral techniques, and network analyses to examine individual differences in emotion processing and emotion regulation.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and have a strong publication record that includes neuroimaging studies, preferably with a focus on using fMRI to examine theoretically relevant questions in cognitive psychology and emotion in particular. Candidates with substantial prior experience with advanced MRI methods (e.g., resting state MRI, MVPA, network modeling), and with eye tracking are uniquely attractive. Strong technical skills are preferred, including competence in several programming environments, and familiarity with programs such as E- prime, SPSS, R, Matlab, Python, AFNI, SPM, FSL, and Unix is especially valued but not required and otherwise would be learned on the job.

The lab is funded by the NIMH and NSF, and is housed in the Center for Brain, Biology, & Behavior at UNL (http://cb3.unl.edu/), which has a state-of-the-art Brain Imaging Center and a 3T MRI scanner dedicated for research. Beyond having access to the scanner, the postdoctoral fellow will also have access to with EEG/ERP, fNIRS, tDCS, virtual reality, mobile psychophysiology, eye-tracking (many of which can be measured both in and out of the MRI scanner), as well as several other cutting-edge techniques.

To apply, please fill out the application form at https://goo.gl/jN2Sb9. You will need your CV and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and proceed on a rolling basis. Please also feel free to contact us for more information.


Contact Website 
https://psychology.unl.edu/can-lab/

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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral fellow in visual memory, aging and preclinical Alzheimer's disease

Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience

Dept. of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Brown University

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to study behavioral and neuroimaging markers of preclinical Alzheimer's disease in the Memory and Aging Program (MAP) in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.

The successful candidate will join the cognitive and translational neuroscience lab led by Dr. Hwamee Oh in the MAP to study behavioral and neuroimaging markers of preclinical Alzheimer's disease and work closely with a team of experts in aging and Alzheimer's disease on integrating fMRI, MRI, PET, cognitive, genetic, and biofluid measures.

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 desirable.

The position is immediately open and will remain open until filled. A full description of the fellowship position can be found here: https://bit.ly/2KVsj0H. The third year support will be provided upon the availability of funding.

For interested applicants, email a brief description of research background and career goals, and CV with a list of references to Dr. Hwamee Oh at hwamee_oh@brown.edu.


Contact Website 
https://sites.brown.edu/oh-ctnlab/
 
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Postdoctoral Position

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory & Aging

University of Notre Dame

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory & Aging Lab at the University of Notre Dame. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work closely with Dr. Nathan Rose to help design and conduct working memory and episodic memory experiments with MRI-guided TMS and simultaneous EEG on healthy young and older adults, and older adults with Alzheimer's disease biomarkers. Opportunities for independent inquiry into related topics of research are available. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also have access to a virtual reality lab with 360 degree treadmills, eye-tracking, and mobile psychophysiology, as well as collaborations with both internal and external colleagues of the lab. This position is primarily funded by a 5 year NSF Career grant. The start of the position is flexible, but will ideally start no later than September 1, 2020. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal. 

Expectations:
* Work with Dr. Rose and lab members to oversee data collection and processing, and help organize and conduct community outreach efforts for recruitment and dissemination;
* Participate in data analysis (including MRI, EEG/ERP, and computational modeling of behavioral data);
* Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for scientific journals and presentations at conferences, and grant-related reporting activities.

Minimum Qualifications
This position requires a doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related fields
Strong computational skills using MATLAB, Python, or R for data acquisition, processing or analysis
Previous experience with computational modeling of memory data, EEG/ERP, fMRI or TMS

Preferred Qualifications
Career interest in working memory, episodic memory, aging or neurodegenerative disease

Candidates must submit their CV and cover letter, including names and contact information for three references to:
Dr. Rose at nrose1@nd.edu


Contact Website 
https://www.roselab.org/
 
Research Assistant Positions

Research Assistant Position

2 lab manager positions in cognitive neuroscience (PI: Doby Rahnev) 

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Perception, Neuroimaging, and Modeling lab (PI: Dr. Doby Rahnev, rahnevlab.gatech.edu) is hiring 2 lab managers. These are full-time positions that will involve hands-on experience with research and the possibility of obtaining first-author publications. The exact topic of research is flexible and could include investigating the neural and/or computational bases of perceptual decision making, metacognition, attention, expectation or learning. A special focus of the lab is how these processes are supported by large distributed brain networks. The Rahnev lab uses a wide range of methods such as fMRI, TMS, psychophysics, computational modeling and concurrent TMS-fMRI. All positions are funded by recent NIH and ONR grants and are initially for 2 years with a possibility for extension. Candidates will be given the opportunity to conduct studies building on current lab research or developing their own projects ideas. The positions are available immediately; it is expected that the start date for most positions will be in the Summer or early Fall of 2020 though earlier start dates are preferred. The ideal lab manager candidate would have at least intermediate programming experience, strong attention to detail, and interest in research, including the possibility of going to graduate school. To apply, email (1) your CV, (2) a brief description of your research interests and how they match the directions of the lab, and (3) a list of three references (names and email addresses will suffice at this point) to Dr. Doby Rahnev (rahnev@psych.gatech.edu).

http://rahnevlab.gatech.edu/getinvolved.html
 
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Research Assistant Position

Research Technician Wanted to Study Perception and Cognition in Patients

Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of Psychology

University of Michigan

The Multisensory Perception Lab (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/brang-lab/) at the University of Michigan is seeking a full-time researcher to assist with psychology and neuroscience studies. Our lab investigates how information is integrated among the sensory systems to facilitate how we see and hear in the world, using direct neural recordings in patients (electrocorticography) among other techniques. This position is ideal for someone who has recently completed their undergraduate degree and who wishes to obtain additional research experience prior to applying to graduate or medical school. The ideal start date is April to June and a two-year commitment is preferred.

Key responsibilities include:
* Testing patients at local hospitals (typically 5-10 days a month)
* Analysis and curation of electrocorticography data and voxel lesion symptom mapping data
* Testing undergraduate students using EEG and behavioral psychophysics
* Designing new experiments as part of the research team

Please contact Olivia Wiese (ogwiese@umich.edu) with questions.


Contact Website 
https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/184081/research_technician_associate
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Research Assistant Position

Research Coordinator position available at Duke University

Cognitive Neuroscience 

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Duke University

We currently have an opening for a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Human Performance Optimization Lab (OptiLab) at Duke University to coordinate human neuroscience studies utilizing neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI and EEG) and neurostimulation (e.g., TMS and tES) to improve cognitive and clinical outcomes. Studies will be performed in the OptiLab and as part of collaborative research done in the Brain Stimulation division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. The ideal candidate will have experience running and managing multi-methodological neuroscience experiments or interventions with human participants and/or patients. Must be good with people, detail oriented, and able to operate light (less than 15lbs) equipment for research studies. Roles and responsibilities will include: recruitment, scheduling and running of human subject research studies, data management, assistance with analyses and writing, and maintaining institutional review board (IRB) oversight approval. All studies involve human behavioral measures, and most involve TMS/EEG/or fMRI (often done together), so previous experience with these methods, including associated software (e.g. Matlab, FSL, BrainSight, etc), is highly valued.

A two-year commitment to the position is desired. Applicants will gain on-job TMS training and certification. Must be located in Durham NC, or the surrounding area. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Contact Website 
www.dukeoptilab.org
 
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Research Assistant Position

Neuroimaging Research Assistant Position

The University of Iowa

Neuroimaging Research Assistant Position
Hwang Lab for Neurocognitive Dynamics
The University of Iowa

The Hwang lab in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Iowa has an NIH funded research assistant position available. Our lab focuses on brain network mechanisms, cognitive control, and developmental processes with a strong emphasis on the human thalamocortical system and neural oscillations. Our research utilizes multimodal neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI), TMS, and lesion studies in combination with network neuroscience approaches. For more info please see: https://kaihwang.github.io/

This position is ideal for someone ultimately interested in a career in research. Training and mentoring will be provided. The lab is affiliated with the cognitive control research group (https://psychology.uiowa.edu/research/cognitive-control), which offers a collaborative research environment with access to research-dedicated 3T and 7T MRI systems, TMS, EEG, neurosurgery patients, and a large lesion patient registry. 

Duties Include:
* Perform MRI, EEG and behavioral experiments on healthy subjects, stroke patients, and children. 
* Assist paradigm development using PsychoPy
* Conduct neuroimaging data analyses
* Recruit and schedule research participants
* Assist laboratory management 

Qualifications
* Bachelor degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related disciplines
* Prior research experience in neuroimaging
* Strong interpersonal skills and a high level of organization with careful attention to detail is absolutely required
* Working experience in Bash Shell and Python

The research assistant position is opened immediately until filled. To apply please contact kai-hwang@uiowa.edu

Contact Website 
https://kaihwang.github.io/
 
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Research Assistant Position

Research Assistant Position in the Aly Lab 

Cognitive Neuroscience (Attention / Perception / Memory)

Psychology

Columbia University

About the position
A full-time research assistant / lab manager position is available in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, in the lab of Dr. Mariam Aly. The Aly Lab (www.alylab.org) is a cognitive neuroscience lab specializing in the interplay between attention, perception, and memory, using behavioral studies, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), pharmacological manipulations, and neuropsychological studies in populations with amnesia and Parkinson's disease.

The job entails both administrative and research responsibilities. Administrative duties include updating IRB protocols, recruiting participants, maintaining participant records (e.g., consent forms, screening forms), maintaining the lab website, ordering lab supplies, and day-to-day lab management. Research duties include assisting with ongoing projects, conducting an independent project (scheduling and running participants, analyzing data, writing papers), assisting lab members with data collection, and technical troubleshooting. The independent project and data analysis components will be useful training for individuals who are considering graduate school. Research projects could include fMRI studies, lesion studies, pharmacological manipulations, or experiments with healthy young adults.

This is a one-year position with the strong expectation of renewal for a second year and the possibility of further renewals on a yearly basis. Start date is ideally between June 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020, but there is some flexibility. 

Qualifications
The successful applicant must be eligible to work in the United States, and have a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field. The degree must be awarded by the start date of this position. Technical qualifications include strong programming skills (particularly in Matlab and/or Python), working knowledge of statistical analyses, and the ability to run basic statistical tests in Matlab, R, Python, etc. Fluency with Microsoft Office or equivalent (i.e., use of a word processor, spreadsheets, slide presentations) is also required. Knowledge of research protocols (IRB protocols, HIPAA, consent forms) is helpful but not essential. Prior research experience (especially in the fields of attention, perception, and/or memory) is an advantage, but not essential. 

Is this lab right for me?
Check out the following links to find out if our lab is a place you can work happily and thrive! 
https://github.com/alylab/labmanual
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06167-w
https://storiesinscience.org/2019/06/12/studying-and-experiencing-mental-illness/

You are also welcome to e-mail current or past lab members to ask them about their experience.

Applying
Please e-mail the following items (in one PDF) to Dr. Aly (ma3631@columbia.edu):
(1) 1-page cover letter describing your research interests, past research experiences (if applicable), technical skills, and why this job is right for you
(2) your CV
(3) phone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3 professional references (e.g., past research mentors, professors)
(4) undergraduate transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Review of applications will start March 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Website 
https://www.alylab.org/
Graduate Student Positions

Graduate Student Position

2 PhD positions in Cognitive/Social Neuroscience available in the Social Brain in Action Lab in Sydney, Australia

Macquarie University

The Social Brain in Action Laboratory is pleased to announce two openings for PhD students in cognitive/social neuroscience, for a September/October 2020 start. The lab has newly relocated to Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and one position will be supervised by Prof. Emily Cross in the Department of Cognitive Science, and the second position with be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Richard Ramsey in the Department of Psychology. The funding for each position is for 4 years, and is open to applicants from any country with a 4 year undergraduate/honours degree, or a Masters degree.

The successful candidates will work together with their respective supervisor to devise a rigorous programme of research to address novel questions in social and cognitive neuroscience using a combination of behavioural measures and state-of-the-art human neuroscience techniques (fMRI, fNIRS, TMS, MEG), whilst fully embracing open science best practice and the reform agenda from the credibility revolution. The successful candidates will be supported to develop a program of research that explores experience-dependent plasticity in the human brain, and how such learning enables us to make sense of the dynamic and complex social information that we experience in everyday life. The Social Brain in Action's major areas of research expertise include social robotics, action learning and expertise, and neuroaesthetics, and the successful candidate would be encouraged to devise a line of research fitting with one or more of these research areas. Applicants with experience in robotics/AI or the arts, or with research interests in other areas of social and cognitive neuroscience are also strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit our lab website for more information and do not hesitate to get in touch with any further questions. 

To apply and for more information, please visit
https://www.mq.edu.au/research/phd-and-research-degrees/scholarships/scholarship-search/data/phd-in-socialcognitive-neuroscience

Contact Website 
www.soba-lab.com
Other Positions

Other

Program Specialist

Psychology

The Ohio State University

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI), in the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Program Specialist to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. 

The CCBBI, directed by Dr. Ruchika Prakash, is a state-of-the art imaging center, housing a research- dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma scanner and supporting principal investigators across the university conducting scientific investigations related to human and animal imaging. The program specialist develops, plans, and supervises center initiatives, and serves as lead resource in execution of outreach activities that involve coordination among various stakeholders, including administration, faculty members, research scientists, and students. Examples include, coordinating the undergraduate diversity initiative, planning, orchestrating, and facilitating the CCBBI Research Day, outreach activities at local schools, other departments within OSU, and other community groups interested in brain research.

The program specialist will also participate in establishing and implementing center policies that serve needs of various stakeholders, meeting frequently and communicating with various users about upcoming projects and help identify needs for equipment and/or sequences. They will serve as the primary contact for center users for coordination and implementation of pilot and funded studies, and supervise the center's MRI Technologist. The program specialist will additionally assist the center director in scheduling meetings with various stakeholders, management of tasks pertaining to center business, and help plan for future initiatives and outreach activities; provide administrative support as needed by the center director and center team. Position available for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Successful candidates must have earned a master's degree in psychology or neuroscience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; considerable experience in a teaching or research capacity in psychology or neuroscience. Desired qualifications include, a doctoral degree in psychology or neuroscience; experience working on research projects with multi-disciplinary teams, and outreach efforts; experience in a neuroimaging lab or center.

If you are interested in being considered for the position, review the full job description and qualifications and apply online at https://www.jobsatosu.com, under job listing #457273 and submit a cover letter detailing background and experiences, a CV, the expected date of availability, and the names and contact of three references. 

If you have questions about the position or the center, please contact Dr. Ruchika Prakash at prakash.30@osu.edu

CCBBI Website: https://ccbbi.osu.edu/

To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University encourages applications from all individuals. Ohio State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


Contact Website 
https://www.jobsatosu.com

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