Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Reading

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
13 Jul 2019
£30,395 to £39,609 £30395 - £39609 per annum, Benefits: £30,395 - 33,199 per annum
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
Fixed term for 3 years

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake research in the Motivation Science Lab (PI: Kou Murayama; at the University of Reading in cognitive neuroscience, specifically to examine how intrinsic rewards are processed in the brain using real-life, dynamic stimuli (e.g., sport videos) and how this is related to memory consolidation.

The successful candidate will be part of a big interdisciplinary team funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Research Leadership Award --- a 5-year £1M award. We aim to establish an integrative theory of human interest and its relations to extrinsic rewards, combining psychological, neural, computational, and applied perspectives.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work on an fMRI project that collects and analyses neuroimaging data using real-life and dynamic stimuli.

The position will be for 3 years (full-time) and the expected start date is on September 1st, 2019 (negotiable).

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. The university provides cutting-edge computational facilities to conduct a variety of advanced statistical analysis and statistical simulation.

You will need to have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or other related discipline (or working towards completion)
  • Good knowledge about cognitive neuroscience in general (ideally good knowledge on reward learning, intrinsic motivation, and/or memory)
  • Good fMRI data analysis skills (univariate analysis, multivariate analysis, network analysis, etc.): Please specify the type of analysis and program that you can use.
  • Evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and good interpersonal skills.

Interview date: 31/07/2019

Informal contact details

Contact role: Line Manager (PI)

Contact name: Kou Murayama

Contact phone: 0118 378 5558

Contact email:

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Contact Details

Kou Murayama:
0118 378 5558