Research Assistant

California, United States
20 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The O’Doherty lab at the California Institute of Technology is seeking candidates for two graduate-level research positions. The O’Doherty lab conducts research aimed at determining the computational, behavioral and neural basis of reinforcement-learning and decision-making. A particular focus of the lab at present is on gaining an understanding of how these mechanisms vary across individuals and are altered in psychiatric disorders.

Job Duties

  • The projects will involve behavioral testing of human research participants on-line and in the lab, fMRI scanning, computational modeling and data analysis
  • Successful applicants will be involved in programming behavioral tasks
  • Collecting data from human research participants on-line and in-lab
  • Analyzing behavioral and fMRI data, as well as in supporting the information technology infrastructure needed to implement these research projects

Basic Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have a background (at the undergraduate level or above) in psychology, neuroscience or a related discipline
  • Strong interest in the study of the neural and behavioral mechanisms of learning and decision-making
  • Prior experience of interacting with human research participants and in administering experiments to human participants would be an advantage
  • Experience with data analysis of behavioral or neuroimaging data would be helpful
  • An affinity for quantitative areas of psychology and neuroscience would also be an advantage

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Name and contact information of two professional references