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

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.


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


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.


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



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