[Comp-neuro] PhD project in neural hierarchical reinforcement learning

Yael Niv yael at Princeton.EDU
Sun Nov 23 04:44:22 CET 2008

Dear colleagues,

We would be grateful if you could forward the message below to  
potential candidates.

Matthew Botvinick and I are seeking a full-time graduate student to  
study Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning and its neural  
implementation. Research will be conducted jointly in both our labs at  
the new Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of  
Psychology at Princeton University, starting September 2009. The  
project focuses on behavioral and fMRI experiments motivated by the  
theory of Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning, investigating its  
implications and bringing human decision making data to bear on new  
theoretical advances (see http://www.princeton.edu/~yael/Publications/BotvinickNivBarto2008.pdf) 
. We seek an exceptionally talented candidate with experience with  
behavioral and/or functional imaging experiments, and an affinity to  
computational modeling. The successful applicant will be a motivated,  
self-directed learner capable of creative independent research, with  
strong programming abilities and a keen interest in studying  
reinforcement learning and decision making. Princeton University  
offers a thriving research and training environment, opportunities to  
collaborate with world-class researches and access to cutting edge  
research facilities. It is consistently rated as one of the top  
graduate schools in Psychology and Neuroscience.

All applications should be submitted for admission through the  
Graduate Program in Neuroscience (http://neuroscience.princeton.edu/ 
PhD/) or the Graduate Program in Psychology (http://weblamp.princeton.edu/~psych/psychology/grad/main/index.php 
). Informal letters of intent are encouraged, and should be sent  
directly to Drs. Botvinick and Niv stating interest in HRL. Note that  
the deadline for applications is 1 December 2008.

Best wishes,

--Yael Niv

Yael Niv, Assistant Professor
Psychology Department and Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton University
Green Hall, Princeton, NJ, 08544
Office: (609) 258-1291

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