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Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Brain Institute, August 2019
Department Location Category Status
The Brain Institute Rinker Campus (Irvine) Post Doc Full-time
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:

* 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.
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:

Drs. Maoz and Schurger, Search Chairs
Please use “Post Doc Positions” as the email subject line.

Employment is expected to begin within the next few months. The successful candidate will work both at our Orange campus and Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. File review will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Further Inquiries may be directed to Chapman University Brain Institute at

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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