Postdoctoral Fellow

Position ID: 37077
Georgia Institute of Technology
College of Sciences
School of Psychology
Position Description
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Postdoctoral Fellow
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The COLLEGE OF SCIENCES, School of Psychology of the GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY in Atlanta, GA invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow in the Memory, Affect and Planning (MAP) Laboratory (

Application Procedure/How to Apply:

Preferred candidates will have expertise in functional neuroimaging and/or memory and navigation research. Candidates should submit their application as a single PDF file that contains: a letter of application designating the position of interest, a statement of research interest, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Please submit the application by email to Thackery Brown ( The review of applications will begin September 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Position description

The Memory, Affect, and Planning Laboratory (MAP Lab; at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the School of Psychology and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging. The successful candidate will develop a research program that leverages human behavior, and measures of neural structure and function, to study the mechanisms that underlie memory encoding, retrieval, and future-oriented thought. Scholars with interdisciplinary interests in how stress, affect, or reward influence declarative memory in health and disease, are welcome.

Spatial navigation provides a ubiquitous real-world example in which memory processes play a fundamental role in goal-directed planning and behavior. Resources in the MAP Lab offer opportunities for studying spatial navigation, and the foundations of human memory and its relationship to behavior through the lens of naturalistic virtual experiences and episodes.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will support research projects of Dr. Thackery Brown, and have opportunities to collaborate with the strong neuroscience community at Georgia Tech. Research in the MAP Lab is uniquely interdisciplinary, and spans questions about the functions of individual brain regions, their dynamic network-level interactions, and the informational content represented by distributed brain activity patterns. Techniques employed include structural and functional MRI, morphometric image analysis with a focus on medial temporal lobe (MTL) subregions, multi-voxel pattern analyses, virtual reality (VR), and experimental memory measures. Other resources and approaches include electroencephalography (EEG), multichannel transcranial current stimulation (tCS), psychological stress manipulations, and neuroendocrinology.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical
engineering, or an equivalent field, have proven ability in data analysis, and a strong publication
record. Background knowledge including memory theory, spatial navigation, VR development,
MTL segmentation, multi-voxel pattern analyses, programming languages, and behavioral
statistical analyses are highly desirable. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have opportunities for firstauthor
presentations and papers in competitive conferences and leading journals in their field.
Primary responsibilities in this position include the analysis, interpretation, and scientific
presentation of structural and functional MRI and behavioral data, and developing skills in
mentoring of graduate and undergraduate student research.

Questions related to this position may be directed to Professor Thackery Brown,

Georgia Institute of Technology is an Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Institution.


CIP Discipline Code: 
Psychology, General
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Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
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Position Starting Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Vacancy Status: 

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