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Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow: Liu Lab

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2022

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The Liu Lab at Johns Hopkins University (PI: Shari Liu; ) is looking for a postdoctoral research associate to join our lab, launching in July 2023. The lab is broadly interested in the developmental and neural origins of psychological and physical reasoning. Please see the lab site for more information about our approach and philosophy.

We are seeking a postdoc who is interested in using the tools of cognitive neuroscience to study how the mind explains and predicts the psychological and physical world. This position will involve:
  • Leading experiments, papers, and other research activities in this topic space
  • Professional development activities, including grant writing and preparation for the academic job market
  • Establishing the fMRI analysis pipeline for the lab, with help from lab staff
We have funding available to fund a postdoc for 2 years at standard NIH rates , including health insurance and other benefits, and funding for conference travel. The postdoc should be committed to applying for their own funding as part of their training (for a full list of funding opportunities, see here: ). The target start date is Summer/Fall 2023, with some flexibility.

This postdoc will be joining the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences ( ), which is home to many faculty working at the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. In addition to PBS proper, the Departments of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and the Mind/Brain Institute have closely affiliated faculty and researchers.


The ideal candidate can be new to this topic area, but should have training and experience with:
  • fMRI data acquisition and analysis
  • project and data management, including open science practices
  • rigorous experimental design
Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their research interests and skills and how they fit with this position, a CV, contacts for 2-3 letters of reference (letters will be requested for finalists, and do not need to be submitted until later), and a representative paper or poster (preprints or drafts are okay). Please write to the PI (Dr. Shari Liu, ) with questions. Apply by October 31, 2022 for full consideration.

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