Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton, NJ
May 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Princeton Neuroscience Inst - 24400

Position Summary
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) at Princeton University invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher position in conjunction with the project "Toward a Scientific Understanding of the Human Capacity for Cognitive Control," sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The project brings together psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists to study the neural mechanisms underlying the uniquely human capacity for cognitive control and its role in decision-making and goal-directed behavior. We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to explore the philosophical implications of discoveries about the neural bases of cognitive control, focusing in particular on questions of moral agency, self-control, planning and responsibility, as well as the potential for enhancing our abilities in these domains.

The successful candidate will work at Princeton on a research program under the supervision of Jonathan Cohen, PI of the project, as well as additional PNI faculty, students and trainees from the labs of Nathaniel Daw, Yael Niv, Kenneth Norman, Nicholas Turk-Browne and others. Regular attendance at lab meetings and related events is expected. Start and end dates are negotiable, but the appointment will be for a term of one year.

To apply, please visit the website (requisition #1600437), to create an online application. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and letters of reference. This position is subject to the university's background check policy.

Essential Qualifications
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in philosophy with an area of study in ethics or philosophy of mind, demonstrated experience/familiarity with current work in cognitive science and neuroscience, and evidence or promise of scholarly achievement.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to those that can demonstrate an active research program that focuses on the connections between neuroscience and ethics. Prior training in cognitive science or neuroscience is not 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
Proposed Start Date

End Date, if a Term Appointment

Comments related to end date:
Start and end dates are negotiable, but the appointment will be for a term of one year.
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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