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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF17760

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 30/04/2017

Job live date: 30/03/2017

Salary: £29,301 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 1 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full Time, Fixed Term until Feb 2020

A talented and enthusiastic researcher is invited to work on an interdisciplinary project on human curiosity, decision making, and learning under the supervision of Dr. Kou Murayama, funded by Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant. This project provides a unique opportunity to examine how human curiosity biases our decision making and learning.

The successful candidate will be part of Motivation Science Lab (, an interdisciplinary research team which examines the nature of human motivation using a variety of methodologies such as behavioural experiments, longitudinal data collection, neuroimaging, computational modelling, etc. The lab environment provides researchers with invaluable experiences to learn and discuss motivation from multidisciplinary perspectives.

In this position, the successful candidate will have a variety of duties including designing studies jointly with the PI (mainly behavioural experiments but we can consider neuroimaging studies), programming experiments, analysing data, and writing academic papers. The successful candidate is also expected to transfer and share programming and analysis skills in our lab.

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 Trio MRI scanner (just upgraded this year).

The position will be for 2.5 years (30 months; full-time) and the expected start date is September 1st, 2017.


You will have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related discipline (or working towards completion)
  • Good experimental programming skills (e.g., Eprime, Matlab, etc.)
  • Good statistical analysis skills (e.g., R)
  • Clear evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and good interpersonal skills


This position is being advertised alongside another Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with reference SRF17759. Please apply separately with the appropriate job reference number, if you would like to be considered for both the positions.


Interview Date : 15 May 2017


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 and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.


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