Location: Decision and Memory Lab, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Job Status: Full-time
Duration: 2 years
Starting date: Flexible (earliest possible start date November 2022)
The successful candidate will develop model-informed behavioral and fMRI experiments in the Decision and Memory lab at Universitat Jaume I under the supervision of Dr. Raphael Kaplan. The overarching objective of this postdoc position is to determine how human episodic memory and the hippocampus are adapted to remember social aspects of events in the service of guiding social interactions and prosocial decisions. Candidates will be encouraged to incorporate their research interests into experiments that address this general research line.
For more background on this topic, please see this recent review with Shahar Arzy in SCAN.
Shahar Arzy, Raphael Kaplan, Transforming social perspectives with cognitive maps, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2022;, nsac017
The Decision and Memory lab is a diverse collection of researchers led by Raphael Kaplan that investigates how human episodic and spatial memory computations inform cognitive maps, imagination, social cognition, and decision making. The lab provides ample opportunities for mentoring, networking, and career development in both academic and private sectors. Further information on the Decision and Memory lab is available at www.decisionandmemory.org.
Castellón is a Mediterranean coastal city of 170,000 people that is well-connected(e.g., 1 hr from Valencia and 2 hrs from Barcelona by train), has nice beaches, maintains a lovely climate, and has one of the most affordable costs of living in Spain.
PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, Computational Neuroscience, or a related field prior to starting the position.
Experimental design of experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience experiments and/or models
Solid programming skills in Matlab, Python, and/or R
Strong collaboration and communication skills
Strong written and spoken English ability.
Prior first-author publications studying memory and/or social cognition via neuroimaging and/or behavioral modelling.
Knowledge and experience using either multivariate fMRI approaches, or computational modelling of human behavior
Social network analysis
Supervision of MSc/Undergraduate projects
Knowledge of Spanish and/or Valencian/Catalan.
-1-2 paragraph cover letter detailing their research interests and motivation for applying
-A list of 2-3 references that the PI can contact
Approximately 2-3 weeks following application submission, Dr. Kaplan will contact suitable candidates to schedule an interview.
Deadline: Open until filled