The Laboratory of Neural Systems at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, is excited to offer positions for postdoctoral fellows interested in the neural basis of social cognition. Our lab has recently identified areas for high-level social cognitive functions in macaque monkeys (Schwiedrzik et al., PLoS Biology, 2015; Sliwa & Freiwald, Science, 2017) and identified a vision-science based strategy to determine coding mechanisms for high-level social cognition. We will now determine single cell mechanisms and population codes by which these areas extract various dimensions of social meaning. To do so, we will use a combination of experimental and computational tools. The project is embedded in the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM) and part of active collaborations with computational psychologists at the center, local collaborations focused on cutting edge techniques at The Rockefeller University, as well as projects on other social and cognitive brain functions in the lab. We are looking for postdoctoral fellows enthusiastic about high-level social cognition to play a key role in shaping and executing this exciting research effort. They will be part of a highly active, diverse, and fun research team in the lab, the stimulating Rockefeller campus, and the CBMM.
Motivation, enthusiasm, ambition, general qualities as a scientist and person, and a genuine interest in social cognition will be valued even more highly than specific past research experience. That said, a strong background in electrophysiology, ideally with non-human primates, in computational psychology, or other quantitative fields of science would be great.
Interested candidates should send a description of their scientific interests and qualifications as pertaining to this project, their curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three professional references, as well as questions or thoughts to Winrich Freiwald (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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