Postdoc and Research Assistant positions available in the O’Connell-Kelly research Collaboration:

Research Assistant Position in Decision Neuroscience

Cognitive Neural Systems Lab, University College Dublin, Ireland

Applications are invited for a research assistant post in the Cognitive Neural systems lab (https://cogneusys.com/) led by Simon Kelly and in collaboration with Redmond O’Connell of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (https://oconnell-lab.com/), to provide support in the study of computational and neural mechanisms of value-biased sensorimotor decision making. This SFI-funded project involves a combination of psychophysics, computational modelling, noninvasive electrophysiology of human brain and muscle, and analyses of single-cell neurophysiological data.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage in an ambitious programme of research using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, within a highly collaborative group that encourages intellectual interaction and the learning of new skills.

The primary duty of the research assistant will be subject recruitment and collection of psychophysical (i.e. simple behavioural responses) and electrophysiological (electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG)) data from human subjects. There will also be lab and data management responsibilities and the candidate will have the opportunity to learn data analysis skills relevant to the project, which have broader utility in science and in the tech / data science industries.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to conducting scientific work to the highest levels of rigour; excellent oral communication skills, a friendly manner and responsible attitude towards ensuring the comfort of human subjects as well as good task performance; and excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines. Prior experience with recording EEG/EMG, in neural engineering or experimental psychology, and/or in the study of cognition more generally, will be a strong plus.

We aim to have the successful candidate in place by August 2018. The position is for a duration of 6 months initially with the possibility of extension. The first review of applications will be in mid-July 2018. Interested candidates should submit a brief statement of interest along with their CV through the UCD job vacancies site (http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/ – search for keyword ‘kelly’ or ref no.010511). Informal enquiries can be directed to Simon (simon.kelly@ucd.ie).


Postdoctoral Position in Decision Neuroscience

Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Ireland

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Redmond O’Connell (Trinity College Dublin) and, in collaboration with Associate Professor Simon Kelly (University College Dublin), pursue an exciting research program examining the neural principles and processes underpinning normal and abnormal decision making.  This work comprises both basic and translational research and employs a range of psychophysiological techniques including EEG, fMRI, autonomic system measurement, transcranial stimulation and computational modelling. A key focus of our current work is to leverage newly identified human brain signatures of decision formation to guide the development of computational models that can account for the actual implementation of decisions in the brain as well as their outcome (i.e. behaviour).


The O’Connell and Kelly labs comprise numerous undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, providing a rich environment for exchanging ideas and learning new skills. The O’Connell laboratory is based at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience which hosts state-of-the-art facilities including 3T magnetic resonance imaging and dedicated EEG, TMS and psychophysics suites.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience or a related field and have experience and strong interest in cognitive neuroscience. The candidate must also have strong analytic skills and proficiency in programming (particularly Matlab and/or Python) will be an essential prerequisite. The candidate must also have published research in the field of perception/cognition using psychophysics, EEG and/or computational modeling.


The position is available from September 1st 2018 and for a duration of 2.5 years with the possibility of extension. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; the first review of applications will be in mid-July 2018.

Applications should be sent electronically and include a CV (incl. full publication list), a statement of interest, and the names and email addresses of two referees. Please send these materials to reoconne@tcd.ie