Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Brain and Health, Dr. Olivia Cheung

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
29 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Objects and Knowledge Laboratory in the Division of Science and the Center of Brain and Health, New York University Abu Dhabi (, seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Associate to work on the neural mechanisms underlying interactions of visual and conceptual systems.

High-level vision, which involves transforming visual inputs into meaningful concepts such as faces, words, animals, human-made objects, and scenes, is essential for humans to understand and interact with their environment. This process relies on a cortical network that supports perception, learning, memory, and prediction. The study of high-level vision provides a window into how learning and experience impact the human brain.

The Post-Doctoral Associate will lead a project investigating the complex nature of semantic associations and image statistics on category selectivity, using machine learning and multivariate pattern analysis techniques. To distinguish the cortical networks and behavioral markers that are common across categories or unique to specific categories, the project involves characterizing the similarities and differences in the processing of multiple categories in healthy and clinical populations. The position is funded for two years with the possibility of renewal.

Candidates should demonstrate extensive experience in conducting neuroimaging studies using advanced experimental designs and data analysis methods, as shown by publications in international scientific journals. Expertise in fMRI or MEG is highly preferred, but expertise in EEG is also considered. The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary environment with world-class research infrastructure.

Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, the expected date of availability, academic transcript and at least 2 letters of recommendation. If you have any questions, please email Prof. Olivia Cheung at

The terms of employment are very competitive, including relocation and housing costs, and other benefits among which educational subsidies for children. The NYU Abu Dhabi campus is located on Saadiyat Island (Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub), minutes away from the white sand beaches as well as the world class entertainment, big city and nature activities that have made the area one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. More information about living in Abu Dhabi can be found here:


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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