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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF17759

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 22/05/2017

Job live date: 30/03/2017

Salary: £29,301 - £32,004 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


Motivation Science Lab (PI: Kou Murayama; at the University of Reading invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position in cognitive and social neuroscience, for a neuroimaging project about social contagion of motivation, reward processing, and decision making.

The successful candidate will be part of an 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, and computational perspectives.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work on a project that examines how people’s intrinsic rewards are shaped by their peer’s reward processing (i.e. social contagion of intrinsic rewards). Part of the project includes the analysis of longitudinal neuroimaging data with social network information from adolescent students. The main duties and responsibilities include:

•              Help collect and analyse longitudinal resting-state and functional neuroimaging data with adolescents

•              Help research design, data collection, and data analysis on an fMRI experiment about social contagion of intrinsic rewards

•              Transfer and share fMRI analysis skills in our team

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), and other neuroscientific facilities.

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

You will need to have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related discipline (or working towards completion)
  • Good standard fMRI analysis skills with SPM or FSL (e.g., univariate analysis)
  • Good analysis skills with resting state data or experiences in functional connectivity analysis in general.
  • Evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics or using the required methods
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and good interpersonal skills.


This position is being advertised alongside another Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with reference SRF17760. Please apply separately with the appropriate job reference number, if you would like to be considered for both the positions.



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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