Postdoctoral Position on the Use of Episodic Memory in Social Cognition, Decision and Memory Lab, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain

July 26, 2022

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)

Job Description:

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

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.

Required Skills:

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.

Desired Skills:

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.

Application Process:

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. To be considered, please send the following to Dr. Kaplan at :

-1-2 paragraph cover letter detailing their research interests and motivation for applying

-Curriculum vitae

-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.

Name of Supervisor: Raphael Kaplan. Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions to 

Deadline: Open until filled

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