Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Princeton Neuroscience Inst - 24400

Position Summary
The lab of Dr. Yael Niv at Princeton University ( is seeking a talented postdoctoral or more senior research associate to work as part of the newly formed Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry ( Research in the lab focuses on behavioral and imaging experiments and computational modeling of learning and decision making and their interaction with attention and memory processes.

The successful candidate will be exceptionally talented and motivated, with a clinical research background and a keen interest in applying methods from computational cognitive modeling to help understand and treat mental illness. The specific area of research is flexible, including anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, PTSD, OCD, schizophrenia. We are particularly looking for someone with initiative and creative ideas who will help chart a path for the lab in transitioning to research in the emerging field of computational psychiatry.

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Psychology Department at Princeton are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, and provide excellent support for career development. You will be joining a vibrant and international research group, and will have opportunities to interact with and learn from a large number of world-class researchers in cognitive and computational neuroscience. Initial appointments are for one year with the possibility of reappointment based on satisfactory performance and funding.

Interested applicants must apply online at (Requisition #1600435) and include a CV, research statement, and contact information for at least 2 references. This position is subject to the university's background check policy.

Essential Qualifications
PhD in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, cognitive science, or other closely related field; a strong track record of research; and experience with research on mental illness and psychiatric populations

Preferred Qualifications
Proficiency with computer programming (Matlab, Python, R or equivalent) and strong analytical and quantitative skills are strongly preferred. Experience with behavioral experiments (decision making/psychophysics) and model-based data analysis, fMRI (event related designs and model-based analysis techniques), and/or computational modeling (machine learning, reinforcement learning, Bayesian models) are an advantage, though not strictly required.

Directory Title

Job Function
Regular Professional Research
RR 040
Standard Hours

Full Time
Actual Hours per Week, if casual hourly

Pay Rate, if Casual Hourly

Work Schedule, if other than standard hours

Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Union Code
Not Applicable
Education Required
Doctorate Degree
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
Instructions for Applying
Complete the online application and click "Apply to this Posting" at the top of the posting details page.
Documents which can be associated with this posting
Cover Letter
Statement of Research Interest
Other Document 1
Proposed Start Date

End Date, if a Term Appointment

Comments related to end date:
Initial appointments are for one year with the possibility of reappointment based on satisfactory performance and funding.
EEO Statement
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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