[visionlist] PhD opening in the neural mechanisms of decision making

Simon Kelly spkell at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 11:39:34 EST 2017

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD position in the
Cognitive Neural Systems lab (https://cogneusys.com/), led by Simon Kelly,
to study the neural mechanisms of decision making. This position is part of
a project funded by Science Foundation Ireland, which involves a
combination of psychophysics, computational modelling, non-invasive
electrophysiology of human brain and muscle, and analyses of existing
single-cell neurophysiological data. The funded research is specifically
focused on the impact of value (i.e., how much decision outcomes are worth)
on the dynamics of decision formation in early sensory, decision, and motor
areas of the brain. However, the overall PhD can be significantly broader
in scope (including e.g. biomedical/translational applications), depending
on the student’s interests within the broader research themes of the lab.

The Cognitive Neural Systems lab is situated within the School of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University College Dublin,
Ireland, and has strong collaborative links to basic cognitive and clinical
neuroscience research groups both locally (e.g. Trinity College Institute
of Neuroscience) and internationally (e.g. City College and Columbia
University in New York). The successful applicant will have ample
opportunities for wider collaborations and the learning of a broad range of
experimental, conceptual, analytic and computational skills.

Applicants should have a BSc/B.E. or Masters degree in neuroscience,
psychology, Electrical/biomedical engineering, computer science, or other
related discipline and a demonstrable interest in cognitive neuroscience.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and have excellent
communication skills. Any prior experience in programming, psychophysics,
EEG and/or modelling, especially in the area of cognitive neuroscience, is
a definite advantage.

To apply, submit a CV, short cover letter and contact information for at
least two referees to Dr Simon Kelly (simon.kelly at ucd.edu). Candidates
should explain in their cover letter how their own research interests fit
specifically with those of the Kelly lab.


Simon Kelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University College Dublin

t: +353 (1) 716 1803

e: simon.kelly at ucd.ie

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