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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience at Vanderbilt Department of Psychology Vanderbilt Vision Research Center We eagerly seek postdoctoral fellows to join research projects in model-based cognitive neuroscience, developing and testing computational models of visual cognition that connect behavior and brain data.


Fellows will join an ongoing collaboration of Thomas Palmeri, Jeffrey Schall, and Gordon Logan at Vanderbilt using cognitive and neural models to understand perceptual decision making, cognitive control, and visual attention. Successful models predict details of observed behavior and are constrained by or predict neurophysiological, electrophysiological, and brain imaging data in human and non-human primates. Fellows also have opportunities to join a collaboration of Thomas Palmeri, Isabel Gauthier, and their colleagues using combinations of cognitive, psychometric, and deep learning models to understand object recognition, categorization, visual learning, and perceptual expertise and to explain individual differences in behavior and brain data. 

Research facilities include high-end laboratory workstations, behavioral testing stations, a web-based server infrastructure for online experiments, eye trackers, a shared 7000+ core CPU cluster and large-scale GPU cluster at Vanderbilt’s ACCRE, and state-of-the art facilities for neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. Postdoctoral fellows will also take advantage of the facilities and support provided by the Department of Psychology ( and the Vanderbilt Vision Research Center ( And as Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters said, “Everybody now thinks that Nashville is ... the coolest city in America”.

Candidates can hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, engineering, or related disciplines. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in computer programming and statistical analyses. Some background and/or strong interest in computational modeling is desired. For those with significant modeling expertise, a knowledge of basic neuroscience is desired but not required. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to candidates who can begin soon. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they arrive. Salary will be based on the NIH postdoctoral scale.

Applicants should send a cover letter with a brief research statement, a CV, and names and email addresses of three references to:
Thomas Palmeri
Department of Psychology
Vanderbilt Vision Research Center

Thomas Palmeri, PhD
: (615) 343-7900
2018-01-09 20:03:24

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