May 10, 2018

Minority Postdoctoral Fellow

  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Postdoc Aging Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Visual Cognition

Job Description

A Minority Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jen O’Brien at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The successful candidate will be involved in new and ongoing experiments investigating the mechanisms through which value-prediction directs attention and biases what we attend to and ignore in our visual world. S/He will use both behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) methods to investigate the role of value learning on attention bias and how this interacts with the dopamine system in the brain in younger and older adults. The position will include supervision of a team of undergraduate and graduate assistants, with the possibility of supervision of an undergraduate or a Master’s thesis.

Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in visual cognition, reward processing, and ERPs and with a doctorate in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will show evidence of research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications and national or international conference proceedings, have excellent quantitative skills, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience with EEG/ERP analysis programs (e.g., EEG/ERPLAB, Netstation, Neuroscan), stimulus presentation programs (e.g., E-prime, PsychoPy, Psychtoolbox), and statistical analysis (e.g., MATLAB, R, SPSS) is required, and proficiency in MATLAB is highly desired.

In addition to research responsibilities, the post doc will be required to teach as the faculty of record one existing upper level or graduate class per year based on his/her background and interests and will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants. Additionally, the post doc will contribute to the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Issues of Diversity and Inclusive Community (CADIC) over the two-year period and work with the University’s Chief Diversity Officer who has experience working with minority populations. Therefore, prior experience working or volunteering with underrepresented minority populations is expected. Preference will be given to US citizens or legal aliens representing historically underrepresented populations. Also, in an effort to strengthen ties between land-grant institutions, preference also will be given to individuals with graduate degrees from 1890 or 1994 land-grant institutions.

 POSTDOCTORAL STIPEND: $47,700 per year plus benefits. The post doc will also receive at least $2,500 for professional development.

This position is a two-year fellowship beginning immediately. Interested persons should formally apply by completing an online application and by submitting their CV, a letter of intent, and the names and contact details of at least three reference to

The official application can be found at    Use advanced search, Job ID 16295

Should you have any questions please reach out directly. I will be at VSS if anyone wants to chat about the position or see the campus!

USFSP is a Master’s granting, regionally accredited institution within the USF System and seeks to have 10,000 students by 2020. The Department of Psychology has approximately 400 undergraduate majors and a Master’s degree program in experimental psychology.


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