Postdoctoral positions investigating human decision-making ‘in-the-wild’ at Columbia University
The Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing (LIINC) (liinc.bme.columbia.edu) at Columbia University has openings for two postdoctoral positions. We are conducting a major study investigating human decision-making in complex environments. Specficially we are using perturbation-based multimodal imaging to identify neural correlates of decision-making processes that we can identify in both laboratory conditions and “in the wild”. As a member of this team you will work on a multidisciplinary project focused on developing testable models of human brain dynamics that govern rapid decision-making in natural environments. The project will also use machine learning, particularly deep learning, to make linkages between EEG and fMRI neuroimaging measurements and tasks that are carried out in both highly controlled laboratory environments and those that are acquired in less well-controlled, but more ecologically realistic virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The project will develop and build upon a computational framework that enables fusion and “transcoding” of neural and physiological measurements between different modalities and noise conditions, enabling development of a macro-scale neural circuit model that is based on high resolution neuroimaging data as well as real-world tasks and behavior. In later years, the project will also use closed-loop, endogenously triggered, neuromodulation to test causal interactions in this circuit and how these relate to behavior. Background/experience in one, or preferable several, of the areas below is required:
1. Simultaneous EEG/fMRI experiments
2. EEG-TMS or fMRI-TMS experiments
3. Mobile EEG + physio measurements (EDA, eye-tracking, pupillometry, HR etc).
4. Design of complex decision-making experiments in virtual reality
5. Experience in transfer learning and/or multimodal learning.
6. Computational models of decision-making
The positions are for 3 years (renewable annually pending satisfactory performance and availability of funds).
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a related fields and should possess strong analytical programming skills (e.g., Python). Starting date is flexible, preferably September 2019 to December 2019.
LIINC is directed by Paul Sajda (liinc.bme.columbia.edu/author/paulsajda/) and is a laboratory within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. It is also part the Columbia Data Science Institute as well as an affiliate of the Zuckerman Institute for Mind, Brain and Behavior.
To apply for a position, please send your CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Paul Sajda (email@example.com).