Feb 2017: PhD opening in the neural mechanisms of decision making

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD position in the Cognitive Neural Systems lab (https://cogneusys.com/), led by Simon Kelly, to study the neural mechanisms of decision making. This position is part of a project funded by Science Foundation Ireland, which involves a combination of psychophysics, computational modelling, non-invasive electrophysiology of human brain and muscle, and analyses of existing single-cell neurophysiological data. The funded research is specifically focused on the impact of value (i.e., how much decision outcomes are worth) on the dynamics of decision formation in early sensory, decision, and motor areas of the brain. However, the overall PhD can be significantly broader in scope (including e.g. biomedical/translational applications), depending on the student’s interests within the broader research themes of the lab.

The Cognitive Neural Systems lab is situated within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University College Dublin, Ireland, and has strong collaborative links to basic cognitive and clinical neuroscience research groups both locally (e.g. Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience) and internationally (e.g. City College and Columbia University in New York). The successful applicant will have ample opportunities for wider collaborations and the learning of a broad range of experimental, conceptual, analytic and computational skills.

Applicants should have a BSc/B.E. or Masters degree in neuroscience, psychology, Electrical/biomedical engineering, computer science, or other related discipline and a demonstrable interest in cognitive neuroscience. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and have excellent communication skills. Any prior experience in programming, psychophysics, EEG and/or modelling, especially in the area of cognitive neuroscience, is a definite advantage.

To apply, submit a CV, short cover letter and contact information for at least two referees to Dr Simon Kelly (simon.kelly@ucd.edu). Candidates should explain in their cover letter how their own research interests fit specifically with those of the Kelly lab.