Postdoctoral Research Positions

The Affective Brain Lab at University College London is inviting applications for postdoctoral positions with a flexible start date to study the neural mechanisms of information-seeking and decision-making in humans. We are particularly interested in what motivates people to pursue knowledge (i.e. how people decide what they want to know) and whether these decisions are associated with psychopathology and wellbeing. The project will involve developing computational models of cognitive processes related to information-seeking, belief formation and decision-making and evaluating them against behavioural and/or neural data.

We are seeking highly motivated researchers, with a PhD in neuroscience, psychology or related fields, who possess the following qualities:

  • High integrity.
  • Proven commitment to high quality research.
  • Patience and persistence together with the ability to set and attain goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds.

Knowledge of decision-making theory and proven experience in:

  • Programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Python).
  • Computational modelling.
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG) – preferred.

We offer:

  • State of the art research facilities.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities with scholars world-wide.
  • Opportunities to work on projects with industry partners.
  • Opportunities to work on projects based in the US and the UK.
  • Large, lively and energetic community of decision-making scientists at UCL.
  • High quality research environment.
  • Socially active lab.
  • Commitment to support postdocs to attain future goals.

Interested candidates should e-mail Professor Tali Sharot ( for consideration with the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Links to two publications
  • Names and contact information for two references