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open positions

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive lab culture, and welcome scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. We especially encourage applications from individuals from groups that are typically underrepresented in academia and STEM fields. Our lab is a very supportive place, and we recruit new lab members with the goal of maintaining a nurturing and productive environment.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the neural basis of social action understanding using a combination of human behavior, naturalistic fMRI, and computational modeling. Applicants should have (or expect to have) a PhD in cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, or a related field, as well as strong quantitative and computational skills. Experience with experimental design, fMRI analysis and/or deep learning is a plus. If interested, please email Leyla ( with your CV and a brief description of your research background and future interests.

Graduate students

Prospective graduate students (PhD and MA) for Fall 2024 can apply to the Cognitive Science program. Please indicate Leyla as an advisor of interest and optionally you can also email to let her know you have applied.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are committed to mentoring talented undergraduate RAs from a range of backgrounds. Students can complete research for credit or they can apply for summer funding via PURA (due Feb 1) or a KSAS research award (due Feb 15). We commit to working with accepted students to submit their summer funding applications. 

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