Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Aug 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The newly formed Social and Media Neuroscience Lab in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University is looking for a highly motivated research associate (postdoctoral researcher) to conduct fMRI studies on social reward processing and how it relates to social media use. Primary responsibilities will include designing and programming experiments, recruiting participants, analyzing behavioral and fMRI data, preparing conference presentations, and publishing research. This post is ideally suited for someone aiming for an independent research career with a focus on social, communication or decision neuroscience.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with opportunity for reappointment for an additional 1 year conditional on satisfactory performance. The anticipated start date is winter 2017/2018.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

- Doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, communication, computer science, statistics, or related fields

- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

- Experience analyzing neuroimaging data (with FSL, SPM, or similar platforms)

- Experience in programming (with MATLAB, Python, shellscripting or other languages)

Required Application Materials

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter indicating research interests and experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

For more information, please contact Dr. Dar Meshi

Email: darmeshi(at)

Current website:


Review of applications will begin on September 12, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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