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Chen Center Postdoctoral Scholar in Social and Decision Neuroscience

Caltech's T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience (SDN) brings together researchers from social sciences, biology, human neuroscience, computer science, and related fields, in a truly interdisciplinary environment. The researchers affiliated with SDN strive to improve the basic scientific understanding of human sociality, emotion, and decisions, with implications for improving human well-being.

Supported by the Chen SDN Center, the postdoctoral scholar will work under the supervision of Profs. Dean Mobbs and Matt Thomson. The project is about dissecting the neural circuitry associated with different emotional states (i.e., fear and anxiety). (More details of the proposed research will be made available to short-listed applicants.)

The duration of the fellowship is up to two years: an initial one-year appointment with an annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance. Applicants should hold or be completing a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, physics, math or computational social science. In addition, applicants also must have the following skills:

  • Python, Psych Toolbox, Matlab, R or Stata, Prolific, Qualtrics.
  • Background in linear algebra and probability theory.
  • Excellent grasp of fMRI data sets and methods.

The following skills are preferred:

  • Ability to scrape web data, clean, and manage large data sets.
  • Knowledge of machine learning (LASSO, MVPA for fMRI data, neural networks).
  • Skill and appreciation for interdisciplinary thinking and communication.

Requirements: Position is contingent upon completion of the PhD. Interested candidates must submit a CV, a 2-3-page Research Statement, and three names of reference letter writers (as well as two letters) to dmobbs@caltech.edu; ChenSDNpd-Mobbs@caltech.edu. The Research Statement should contain a section that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., mentoring activities, committee service, research, or teaching activities). A cover letter (maximum 1 page) is optional.

Applications will be reviewed starting on February 1, 2022, and will remain open until positions are filled. The deadline for the receipt of applicant materials is Friday, March 18, 2022.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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