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A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Ingrid Olson at Temple University . Both U.S. and international applicants are welcome. Our lab 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. You will work on Dr. Olson’s NIH funded grant to study the conceptual underpinnings of social cognition.

We are seeking an individual with a strong background in social cognition, semantic memory, or machine learning methods. Experience with fMRI is essential. This is an ideal position for someone who wants to gain additional neuroimaging expertise, especially in the area of diffusion imaging research. Temple has a new state-of the-art imaging center (see on the ground floor of the Psychology building. Translational aspects of this postdoc include the opportunity to work with several patient populations (MCI, mild traumatic brain injury, stroke). 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. The position is initially for 1 year but can be extended for up to 4 years. We also provide funds for conference attendance and U.S. visa expenses. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. We are aiming for a start date between now and October 1, 2018.

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, 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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