Postdoctoral Associate in Psychology

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities
Department:16400100 - LS-PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

Dr. Brian Odegaard is seeking to hire a post-doctoral researcher to work in the Perception, Attention, and Consciousness Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). The laboratory’s research uses a combination of behavior, computational modeling, machine learning, neurophysiology, and neuroimaging to understand high-level sensory processing in the brain. Our goal is to use an interdisciplinary approach to answer important questions about perception, metacognition, and attention.

The post-doctoral position is funded by an Office of Naval Research young investigator award to Dr. Odegaard to study how attention and metacognition influence perceptual decision-making in peripheral vision.  To that end, the post-doctoral scholar will focus on conducting work for three specific projects that relate to this award: (1) Conducting visual psychophysical experiments to study decision-making biases in peripheral vision, and how these may be ameliorated with different types of feedback; (2) using real-time EEG to decode the locus of spatial attention, and probe visual perception in unattended regions of visual space; (3) using virtual reality to study perceptual decision-making in complex and naturalistic environments.  Dr. Odegaard’s laboratory is multi-disciplinary and collaborative, offering opportunities for career development of post-doc candidates.  All lab members have access to high-performance computing resources at the University of Florida (the “HiPerGator” supercomputer), as well as laboratory resources for visual psychophysics, high-resolution eye tracking, real-time EEG, and virtual reality.  The post-doctoral researcher will be provided with a new MacBook Pro laptop for work on projects described above, as well as office space and other resources needed for project management and overall success.

This position is well suited for individuals who can work independently with high self-motivation. Post-doctoral researchers will have opportunities to contribute to existing projects in the lab (described above) and develop new research avenues in collaboration with the PI. We aim to train the next generation of scientists, as the lab is trainee-centered and surrounded by diverse expertise in the college and across campus.

The Department of Psychology particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D., in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Statistics, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Highly organized, determined, and self-motivated scientist
  • Published scientific papers in international journals in the field of psychology, neuroscience, or closely related fields
  • Programming skills using MATLAB, Python, R, Python, or Unity
  • Excellence in written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Great team worker: strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively within a diverse team.
  • Expertise in conducting visual experiments and analyzing behavioral and neural data
  • Can independently develop visual experiments in virtual reality environments
  • Experience with real-time neurofeedback (either EEG or fMRI)
  • Willing to move to Gainesville to perform job-related responsibilities.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at, search job 525283.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, and (4) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. After initial review, confidential letters of recommendation will be requested from the references of applicants chosen to receive further consideration.

Review of applications will being immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration applications should be completed by that date.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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