Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychology and Economics

The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for an outstanding candidate for a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar under the direction of Professor Colin Camerer. The project is in conjunction with Professor Neil Stewart and Dr. Tim Mullett at Warwick and Professor Chris Starmer at Nottingham (England).

The project will combine laboratory and field experiments to build a new model of attention and deliberation. This post will be based at Caltech supervised by Professor Colin Camerer with an exchange visit to Warwick, England. The major technique is eyetracking of visual attention, measured on a millisecond level, as people look at food images to choose between them. Computational models of evidence accumulation (also called "drift diffusion") will be fit to the combination of choices, subjective values, and visual attention paths.

A Ph.D. in neuroscience, computational psychology, economics, or some closely related field, is required. Outstanding programming skills are required; a high degree of expertise in a combination of Java, Python, and MatLab are highly desirable. Familiarity or established expertise in one eyetracking (Mouse-based or Tobii/Mobile Eyelink) are also highly desirable. Funding is guaranteed for 1-year; candidates eager to co-apply for further funding after one year are preferred.

Caltech is an excellent multi-disciplinary research environment with excellent resources in fMRI, EEG, lesion and select clinical populations, and in many areas of experimental and behavioral economics, and an excellent record of publication in competitive peer-reviewed journals.

Prospective candidates should send a letter of application and statements of research interests (< 2 pages), vita, and names of three recommenders (do not send papers or letters until they are requested) by email to: or mailed to: Postdoctoral Scholar Search, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, MC 228- 77, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA 91125. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.