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Four Postdoctoral Positions in Neuroeconomics/PhD studentships available in PDN

Four Postdoctoral Positions in Neuroeconomics: Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, Behavioural Economics and Computational Neuroscience of Reward, Risk and Decision-Making

Following awards from the Wellcome Trust and the European Research Council (ERC) we are offering postdoctoral positions in neuroeconomics (1-2 for neurophysiology, 1-2 for human imaging or behavioural economics, 1 for computational neuroscience). 1-2 of these positions can be allocated to graduate (PhD) students for whom full salaries and fees will be provided.

Our work investigates neuronal signals for fundamental behavioural variables underlying reward learning and economic decision-making. We derive rationales, task designs and data interpretations from animal learning theory and economic decision theory, appreciate straightforward experimental tasks and thorough behavioural testing, and collaborate with behavioural economists locally and internationally. We offer innovative projects for experimentally minded, theory driven, or general neuroscience / neuroeconomics candidates. Modellers may be interested in our collected data and in participation in ongoing experiments. Projects will investigate individual and social economic decisions involving reward, utility, risk, inequity and cooperation and study reward structures including dopamine neurons, striatum, amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex. We combine the candidate's own ideas with demands of the grants. For details on our group, see here.

Postdoctoral candidates should have published experience, and predoctoral candidates should have strong interest, relevant for the desired position. Experience in behavioural neurophysiology (neuronal recordings, optogenetics), neuroimaging (fMRI), quantitative analysis of behaviour, behavioural economics, or computational neuroscience is particularly appreciated. Training will be provided in all areas necessary for successful work. We appreciate excellent social and writing skills.

Initial deadline for applications is January 15, 2013, although the search will continue until appropriate candidates have been identified. Start date is flexible. Initial appointments will be two years, extendable. Postdoctoral annual salary will be £33,734 - 37,012 depending on research experience (Cambridge Univ pay scales 46-49, with ~25% deductions for taxes, insurance and health care).

Predoctoral salary will be £23,661 - 26,629 (pay scales 34-38) and all student fees.

Applications should include CV, list of publications, half page description of research experience specific for the desired post (including computer programming), half page description of research interests, and contact details of two referees. Please contact Wolfram Schultz, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK, ws234@cam.ac.uk.

Posted on 20/12/2012

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