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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33036

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 31/07/2020

Job live date: 01/07/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £33,797 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Psychology

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full time; Fixed term

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake research with Kou Murayama (PI; and other relevant researchers at the University of Reading in cognitive neuroscience, specifically for a neuroimaging project about the neural processing of intrinsic rewards.

The successful candidate will be part of a big interdisciplinary team funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Research Leadership Award --- a 5-year £1M award. We aim to establish an integrative theory of human interest and its relations to extrinsic rewards, combining psychological, neural, computational, and applied perspectives.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work on a project that examines how intrinsic rewards (e.g., interest, curiosity) interacts with extrinsic rewards, potentially using naturalistic stimuli such as video clips. Part of the project includes the designing fMRI experiments and doing neuroimaging data analysis.

The position will be for up to 2.5 years (full-time) and the expected start date is on Sept 21st, 2020 (negotiable).

The postdoctoral research fellow will also be encouraged to autonomously collaborate with other lab members and beyond to pursue their own research question related to the topic of intrinsic rewards.

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. The school hosts the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), providing extensive laboratory facilities for research projects in psychology and cognitive and computational neuroscience, with a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI scanner, and other neuroscientific facilities (EEG, TMS, eyetracker, etc.).

You will need to have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related discipline (or working towards completion)
  • Good knowledge about cognitive neuroscience research, especially on reward learning and/or motivation
  • Good experimental programming skills and fMRI analysis skills with SPM or FSL: Please specify the programming languages and type of analysis you feel comfortable with.
  • Evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics
  • Ability to work independently, good organisational skills, and good interpersonal skills.

Interview date: 10/08/2020

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Line Manager (PI)

Contact name:

Kou Murayama

Contact phone:

0118 378 5558

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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