[Comp-neuro] Graduate studentship in cognitive neuroscience of decision-making

Paul Cisek paul.cisek at umontreal.ca
Wed May 5 00:25:02 CEST 2010

Title: Graduate studentship in decision-making: Dept. of physiology, University of Montréal, laboratory of Paul Cisek.
Applications are invited for a master's or doctoral studentship in cognitive neuroscience. The successful applicant will join a research group studying the cerebral cortical mechanisms of decision-making in humans and non-human primates using a combination of computational and experimental techniques. Research in our laboratory involves computational models of the nervous system as well as behavioral experiments, transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and multi-electrode recording from the cerebral cortex. Depending on the applicant's qualifications and interests, they will help to design and conduct behavioral and neurophysiological experiments, analyze data, develop theoretical models of neural systems, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate in international conferences. See www.cisek.org/pavel for information on current projects and a list of sample publications.

While students with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, or biological sciences are particularly encouraged to apply, all motivated students with an interest in understanding the brain will be considered. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary in accordance with university guidelines. For further information, please contact Dr. Paul Cisek (paul.cisek at umontreal.ca). Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vita, a transcript of previous studies, and the names and contact information of two references, to:

Dr. Paul Cisek
Department of physiology
University of Montréal
C.P. 6128 Succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, QC H3C 3J7, CANADA
Phone : 514-343-6111 x4355
Web : www.cisek.org/pavel
email: paul.cisek at umontreal.ca

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A preliminary interview at the FENS Forum in Amsterdam and the Society for Neuroscience meeting is possible.


Montréal is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities and has been called "Canada's Cultural Capital". It has the highest number of university students per capita in the entire continent. More than 17,000 foreign students from some 150 countries benefit from among the lowest tuition fees in North America. Compared to other cities of similar stature, the cost of living in Montréal is very reasonable, particularly in terms of housing.

Montréal has a vibrant neuroscience community spanning four major universities (University of Montréal, McGill University, Concordia University, and the University of Québec at Montréal) and the Montréal Neurological Institute. The University of Montréal, with its two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal, is the largest university in Québec and the second largest in Canada, with over 55,000 students from around the world and some 10,000 employees. Deeply rooted in Montréal and dedicated to its international mission, the Université de Montréal is one of the top universities in the French-speaking world.

The University of Montréal is a French-speaking institution, and most of the courses are given in French. However, the master's or PhD thesis can be written in either French or English.
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