Postdoctoral Scholar--Sprague Laboratory, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Sprague Laboratory within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open, full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position, with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2019. The laboratory is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Vision Science and Computational Cognitive Neuroscience. Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Sprague, the Perception, Cognition, and Action Laboratory ( seeks to understand the neural mechanisms underlying behaviors related to visual spatial cognition, including visual attention, working memory, and the guidance of eye movements, using techniques including computational neuroimaging, EEG, and eye tracking.

Responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Scholar will include engaging in all aspects of research projects under the mentorship of Dr. Sprague. Specific duties will involve working closely with Dr. Sprague to develop project ideas, perform literature reviews, conduct necessary experiments (fMRI, EEG, eye tracking, psychophysics), analyze results, present findings in peer-reviewed publications and at academic conferences, and develop professional skills (presentation skills, writing, scholarship, leadership, etc.) in pursuit of career goals.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field including, computer science, applied mathematics, biology, etc., except the dissertation at the time of application.

A demonstrated record of academic and research excellence as evidenced by one or more of the following: lead-author peer-reviewed publication, major/national conference presentation (e.g., Society for Neuroscience) as presenting author, or lead-author pre-print manuscript posted on a public preprint server (bioRxiv, arXiv, PsyArXiv).

Additional Qualifications

A minimum of one year performing extensive research in neuroscience is required. In addition, the Ph.D must be conferred by the start of the appointment, which is expected to be June 1, 2019.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong programming skills (e.g., MATLAB/Python) are essential. Preferred candidates will also have substantial experience with human neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG), behavioral testing (visual psychophysics, eye tracking), univariate and/or multivariate model-based analyses, and familiarity with neuroimaging analysis software (AFNI, Freesurfer), and be comfortable working with source control software and using a UNIX environment.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae, including list of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations
  • Cover Letter, including a brief description of past and future research interests
  • At least one sample of a peer-reviewed publication OR a preprint posted on a public preprint server (bioRxiv, arXiv, or PsyArXiv) representative of past research
  • Names and contact information for 3 References

Applications received by MARCH 31, 2019, will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit:

Questions can be directed to the Principal Investigator and Search Chair, Dr. Thomas Sprague, via email at:

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.