Postdoctoral Researcher Opening in Social Neuroscience, University of Illinois

March 27, 2024

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on large-scale NIAAA funded research featuring multi-participant electrophysiological techniques (i.e., EEG hyperscanning). The broader study is aimed at isolating broader brain mechanisms involved in social interaction, as well as to examine how these interface with alcohol consumption. The research is headed by Dr. Catharine Fairbairn (PI) and Dr. Kara Federmeier (CO-I). A more detailed description of the research can be found here. This position may be particularly well-suited for an individual who wishes to build a career in social neuroscience, especially in the context of substance use and/or health behaviors.

 Job description:

Responsibilities will include cleaning and processing data, analyzing data, publishing scientific manuscripts, presenting at conferences, and submitting mentored grant applications. The postdoc will also supervise undergraduate students and contribute to the design and execution of funded studies. This is an ideal position for candidates interested in preparing for a tenure-track job or role as a research scientist. Mentorship and career development support will be provided towards the development of candidates’ CVs and qualifications as an independent researcher.

This is a two-year postdoctoral position, with the possibility of extension.
Salary will be based on NIH postdoctoral stipend guidelines. Start date negotiable, with a preference for Fall 2024.


  • A Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or related field
  • Experience collecting and analyzing human electrophysiological data
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Willingness and ability to work as a member of a team
  • Willingness to explore health and addiction applications of social neuroscience methods
  • Excellent written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write for a scientific audience

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to Catharine Fairbairn:

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