Postdoctoral Fellow inThe Brain Institute
Chapman University, Department of Psychology
United States

General Information
Drs. Uri Maoz and Aaron Schurger, members of Chapman University’s Brain Institute, invite applications for two post-doctoral positions in the cognitive neuroscience of volition, beginning in the fall of 2019.

The two post-doctoral positions will be part of a large international project on the neuroscience and philosophy of free will, where 17 neuroscientists and philosophers from around the world will collaborate to explore the neural basis of volition, using experimental, theoretical and computational approaches. A list of the neuroscientists and philosophers closely collaborating on this project is available at The overarching focus of the project is the investigation of how the brain enables conscious, causal control of human behavior.

Chapman University’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences (The Brain Institute) comprises a network of interdisciplinary researchers specializing in the neuroscience of higher-level cognition—volition, consciousness, altered states of consciousness, and so on—from a mainly computational perspective. We thrive on communication, criticism, and stimulation, focused on the unification of research in the behavioral and brain sciences at the systems level, with an eye to clinical and useful applications, innovations with artificial intelligence, insights from neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind. More information is available at

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of Western universities, by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and ground-breaking teaching. The University is classified by Carnegie as an R-2 research institution; Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching. More information is available at The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at

The two positions have a slightly different focus. One is intended for a more computational person, especially with knowledge of machine learning and modeling; though they will also be expected to run experimental subjects and analyze results. The other position is intended for more of an experimentalist; though with interest and knowledge of computational techniques.

Required Qualifications
Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and the candidate must not have exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience.

Candidates must have a proven track record in the neuroscience of volition or a strong interest in the field. Candidates must further possess strong programming skills in Python and/or Matlab. In addition, candidates should have a solid background in at least two of the following areas:

  • EEG
  • TMS
  • Machine learning
  • Real-time data processing / neurofeedback / closed-loop analysis / BCIs
  • Volition or consciousness research
  • Models of causation

Desired Qualifications

  • Background in MEG and/or fMRI is a plus.
  • Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to lead one or more sub-projects within the scope of the grant, under the supervision of Brain Institute faculty. They will further be expected to help supervise graduate students and undergraduate research assistants as it pertains to their research.

Contact Information
Qualified candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

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