[Comp-neuro] Postdoc position: Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH and UZH Zurich

Hazem Toutounji hazem at ini.ethz.ch
Mon Nov 25 14:26:04 CET 2019

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with deep interest in human reinforcement
learning and decision-making to work on the newly funded project:

*Learning and Exploration under Perceptual and Value Uncertainty*

Organisms often face the challenge of navigating a world riddled with many
sources of uncertainty, be it ambiguous sensory inputs or unreliable
behavioral outcomes. Most existing research only considered either of these
two sources of uncertainty in the contexts of perceptual decision making
for the former, and reinforcement learning and value-based decision making
for the latter. The goal of the project is to develop a unifying
experimental and theoretical account of human adaptive behavior subject to
both perceptual and value uncertainty.

The post of 1-year is at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (ini.uzh.ch
<http://www.ini.uzh.ch>) of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, in
close collaboration with Rafael Polania’s Decision Neuroscience Lab (
decision.ethz.ch <http://www.decision.ethz.ch>).

*Preferable starting date:* February 1st, 2020.

The post involves psychophysics and data-driven computational modelling.
Candidates should have a PhD in cognitive science, psychology,
neuroscience, computational science, or a related field. Preference will be
given to applicants with prior experience in designing and conducting
psychophysics experiments, in addition to having strong programming (MATLAB
or python), computational and statistical skills.

*How to apply:*

Please write to Hazem Toutounji (hazem at ini.ethz.ch), using the email as a
cover letter, preferably before December 9th, 2019. Later applications will
be considered until the post is filled. The application should include CV,
list of publications and preprints, and contact information of 1-3
potential referees, in addition to a short summary (max. 300 words) of most
relevant paper, describing your contribution.

Dr. rer. nat. Hazem Toutounji
Institute of Neuroinformatics
University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
office: +41-44-635-3063
twitter: @HazemToutounji
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