Postdoc position available at the Niv Lab at Princeton University

The lab of Dr. Yael Niv at Princeton University ( is seeking a talented postdoctoral or more senior research associate to work as part of the newly formed CCNP. Research in the lab focuses on behavioral and imaging experiments and computational modeling of learning and decision making and their interaction with attention and memory processes.

The successful candidate will be exceptionally talented and motivated, with a clinical research background and a keen interest in applying methods from computational cognitive modeling to help understand and treat mental illness. The specific area of research is flexible, including anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, PTSD, OCD, schizophrenia. We are particularly looking for someone with initiative and creative ideas who will help chart a path for the lab in transitioning to research in the emerging field of computational psychiatry.

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Psychology Department at Princeton are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, and provide excellent support for career development. You will be joining a vibrant and international research group, and will have opportunities to interact with and learn from a large number of world-class researchers in cognitive and computational neuroscience. Initial appointments are for one year with the possibility of reappointment based on satisfactory performance and funding.

Essential Qualifications: PhD in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, cognitive science, or other closely related field; a strong track record of research; and experience with research on mental illness and psychiatric populations.

Preferred Qualification: Proficiency with computer programming (Matlab, Python, R or equivalent) and strong analytical and quantitative skills are strongly preferred. Experience with behavioral experiments (decision making/psychophysics) and model-based data analysis, fMRI (event related designs and model-based analysis techniques), and/or computational modeling (machine learning, reinforcement learning, Bayesian models) are an advantage, though not strictly required.

If you are interested please email a CV, research statement, and contact information for at least 2 references to, and upload these materials at (Requisition #1600435).

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.