We’re always interested in talking to qualified postdoc candidates. Particularly those with backgrounds in Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, or any other field where you do applied math for a living. Neuroscience experience is not required, though neuroscience interest is.
An interdisciplinary team of lawyers and cognitive neuroscientists at Duke University seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a recently funded project on decision making by jurors, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in criminal trials. The project combines a high-throughput behavioral task with computational modeling to examine how decision makers integrate conflicting evidence, intrinsic biases and motivations when deciding whether someone accused of a crime is guilty. The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage with experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys as well as a vibrant community of cognitive and computational neuroscientists at Duke.
The position is available immediately. Send cv and letter of interest to
john dot pearson at duke dot edu.
Statistical analysis of neural data
The laboratory of Dr. John Pearson (http://pearsonlab.github.io) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher focused on the statistical analysis of neural data. This is a one-year full-time position with the possibility of renewal. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Located in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke, the Pearson Lab focuses on designing and implementing new approaches to the analysis of large-scale neuroscience data including:
- modeling complex, dynamic social interactions
- analysis of simultaneous neural recordings during naturalistic behavior
- real-time analysis of streaming data from imaging experiments
Candidates should hold a PhD in statistics, computer science, electrical engineering, or any other sufficiently quantitative field and have a strong record of peer-reviewed journal and/or conference publications. Strong programming skills required. Experience with statistical machine learning and streaming algorithms a plus.
Interested? Send a brief cover letter, cv, and source code sample (github/bitbucket/gitlab link preferred) to
john dot pearson at duke dot edu.
Duke provides a wonderful environment for students interested in pursuing the kind of interdisciplinary research we do. As a result, P[λ]ab accepts graduate students through multiple programs:
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The PhD in biostatistics is a rigorous program that focuses on statistical theory and its application to biomedical research. The program is small, and like most programs at Duke, highly competitive. Compared to neuroscience PhD programs, the number of required courses is high, and many admitted students enter having completed a master’s degree. This is John’s home department.
Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Unlike most PhD programs, CNAP is not tied to a single department. Rather, it gives students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary research in cognitive neuroscience before ultimately affiliating with a department like Psychology & Neuroscience or Neurobiology. CNAP is administered by the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which includes faculty whose interests range from speech and development to neurons and computation. Students do three semester-long rotations and are often jointly mentored. The typical CNAP student has a strong interest in cognition and is looking to pursue research that crosses traditional departmental boundaries. John is a core faculty member of CCN.
Neurobiology. The Department of Neurobiology offers a PhD through its graduate training program. Research in the department focuses on biological and mechanistic approaches, typically at the cellular and molecular or systems and circuits level. John is a member of the training faculty and can accept students for rotations or PhD mentorship.
Psychology and Neuroscience. The department offers a PhD program with emphases in multiple areas, including Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience and Systems and Integrative Neuroscience. John has a secondary appointment in the department and can accept students.
If you plan on applying, keep a few things in mind:
We sometimes advertise positions for research associates/data scientists. These roles are best-suited to post-baccalaureate students who plan to go on to graduate school or careers in data science. Applicants should send a cv, cover letter, and code sample (GitHub/BitBucket/Gitlab profile preferred) to John for consideration. Again, we prioritize applicants with strong coding and quantitative skills.
P[λ]ab offers undergraduates several opportunities to contribute to the work of the lab:
A few points to note: