Zurich Center of Neuroeconomics, Department of Economics
Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab)

Postdoc in physiology of learning and decision making 90 %

Start of employment from October 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter (negotiable), for a duration of several years (yearly rolling renewal)

The Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research is a research center at the University of Zurich that investigates the principles underlying social and neuronal systems (https://www.zne.uzh.ch/en/facilities.html). The lab brings together scientists from the social and natural sciences (incl. neuroscience, economics, psychology, computer science, and physics) to study mechanistic links between neuronal circuits, human behavior and social interactions, using a combination of brain imaging methods, neuro-modulation techniques, behavioral experiments and computational approaches. A single custom-built unit hosts multiple state-of-the-art facilities that are fully dedicated to research. These facilities include a Siemens Healthineers Magnetom Cima.X scanner as well as laboratories for transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation, psychophysics, behavioral group studies, peripheral and autonomic neurophysiology and pharmacology. Additionally, we have access to a 7T high-field human MRI facility.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will work with Prof. Todd Hare and other SNS Lab researchers on projects testing the dynamic interplay between decision-making and attention, arousal, memory, emotion regulation and executive functions. These studies will make use of eye-tracking, pupil dilation, cardiac and respiratory data in combination with behavioral paradigms, validated questionnaires, and computational modeling. The use of neuroimaging data (EEG, fMRI), pharmacological manipulations, or brain stimulation is also possible.

Your profile

Candidates should hold (or expect) a good PhD degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, physiology, neuroscience, economics, cognitive science, biology) and have published work using psychophysics and/or computational modeling of behavior. Expertise in using Python, R, or similar statistical computing languages is required. Enthusiasm for scientific work and good scientific practice is essential. Candidates should speak and write English proficiently. Applications are welcome from overseas candidates as well as Swiss and EU nationals.

What we offer

Work-Life Balance
  • Flexible working models (such as part-time positions, mobile working, job-sharing)
  • Childcare at the kihz foundation of UZH and ETH

Learning and Development
  • Wide range of continuing education courses of UZH and the Canton of Zurich
  • Language Center run jointly with ETH Zurich

  • Food and drinks at reduced prices in the UZH cafeterias
  • Lunch-Check-card with UZH contribution

  • Special conditions on the Academic Sports Association ASVZ
  • Free seasonal flu vaccinations
  • Rest and relaxation at the quiet room in the university tower

  • Private traffic: Carsharing, rent a vehicle, parking space
  • Digitalization: Hardware, software, mobile phone subscriptions
  • Special conditions on hotel reservations

Conditions of Employment
  • Policies of the UZH
  • Most UZH staff are employed according to public law

International Services
  • Support for people from outside Switzerland

  • Campuses Zurich City, Zurich Irchel, Oerlikon and Schlieren
  • Sites Zurich West, Old Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden and Lengg



Information on your application

Applications should include a CV (incl. full publication list), one representative paper reporting human neuroimaging research, copies of all relevant degrees, a statement of interest, and the names and email addresses of two referees.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information

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