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A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Ingrid Olson and Nora Newcombe at Temple University ( Both U.S. and international applicants are welcome. Our labs places great emphasis on postdoctoral training, and we have an excellent track record of placing our postdocs in faculty positions and high-level data science positions.

We are starting work on a new line of research focused on memory reactivation/replay in children that will benefit from diverse perspectives including development, episodic memory, and sleep. Even if your past work is not directly related to our lab’s core research on memory and social cognition, you might be a great fit for this position. Some experience with fMRI is essential however. As a postdoc in this position, you will gain additional neuroimaging expertise, especially in RSA and diffusion imaging. Temple has a new state-of the-art imaging center on the ground floor of the Psychology building. Whoever is hired will be provided with the opportunity to develop as a basic scientist while simultaneously obtaining experience in translating basic science theories and into clinical research that is fundable by NIH.

Salary will depend on experience, with a minimum set by NIH. Additional funds are provided for conference attendance and travel, U.S. VISA expenses, and computers. The position is initially for 1 year but can be extended. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. We are aiming for a start date between now and January 1, 2020.

Philadelphia is a large city on East Coast of the United States. It is known for its walkability, history, and funky neighborhoods It is 2 hours south of New York City, 2 hours north of Washington D.C.; both can be easily accessed by train. There is a confluence of neuroscience research in this region, with other institutions such as Drexel, Jefferson, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Rutgers, located nearby. Opportunities for collaboration are endless.

To apply, send a cover letter describing your background and interests, plus a CV to Ingrid Olson at

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Undergraduate students in their freshman or sophomore years interested in doing research with Dr. Olson should email her at iolson[at] The minimum time commitment is 10 hours per week. Students with strong computer skills are favored. Unpaid summer internships also exist for undergraduates.

Research Assistants/Lab Managers

Students interested in research assistant positions should contact Dr. Olson by email. Research assistantships require a 2-year commitment.  This position is intended for those interested in applying to graduate school. Required skills include knowledge of cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience and evidence of strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office, MATLAB, Python, SPSS, etc.)

Graduate Students

Students should apply to Temple University’s Psychology Department.  The application deadline is in December. It is strongly suggested that interested students contact Dr. Olson before applying to the program.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Post-doctoral applicants should contact Dr. Olson by email. If there is an opening in the lab, a C.V., a one-page, single-spaced statement of previous research, and a one-page, single-spaced statement of future research interests, and two letters of recommendation will be required.

Visiting Scholars

If you have a visiting scholar grant and would like to do cognitive neuroscience research contact Dr. Olson by email. Interested applicants should consider applying for an international fellowship.

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