Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging

at Carnegie Mellon University


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Postdoctoral Fellowship in fMRI Studies of Concept Representations

The Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon has a postdoctoral position available starting in Spring 2022, for 1 year (extendable to 2), working with Dr. Marcel Just. The research focuses on fMRI studies of concept representations, particularly on the alterations of concept representations in people with suicidal ideation.

Qualifications for the position:

  • A Ph.D. in a branch of cognitive neuroscience or closely related discipline.
  • Experience in fMRI brain imaging as well as expertise in the computational methods related to this research area, particularly machine learning, classification, and MVPA.
  • Facility with Matlab and Linux.

The successful candidate will be part of a large project, joint between Dr. Just and Dr. David Brent at the University of Pittsburgh, investigating the identifiability of suicidal ideation by detecting systematic alterations in the neural representations of certain personal concepts. The position offers training and research opportunities working with a multidisciplinary Center team with excellent technical support and research staff. This project builds on the pioneering research of the CCBI in developing methods to identify and decode concept representations of many types from their fMRI signatures, including representations of concrete objects, abstract concepts, emotions, physics concepts, numerical concepts, and procedural knowledge. Relevant publications are available at the Center’s website:

Applicants should email a CV, statement of research skills and interests, preprints, and three letters of reference to:

Marcel Just
D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology
Director, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging
Psychology Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213