The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychiatry Lab is planning to
recruit a Ph.D. student (pending funding approval) in the upcoming Fall
2019 application cycle. Students may enter through either the CNS track in
the Department of Psychology or the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive
Science. The work you do and your status in the lab will not be affected by
which track you choose, but these programs have different training
requirements outside of the lab so consider your choice carefully. If you
are not sure which track to pursue, contact Dr. Solway (asolway[at]umd.edu).
Because the lab works in an interdisciplinary field, no candidate will have
all of the skills necessary to complete the work we do upon joining the
lab. The goal of graduate school is to learn how to do research and fill in
these gaps. Nevertheless, some background is obviously necessary in order
to succeed. Successful candidates will have experience with some subset of
- Programming experiments and performing data analysis with R, Python,
Matlab, and/or another programming language. Version control, e.g. with
Subversion, Git, or similar.
- Modern cognitive/experimental and/or mathematical/computational
approaches to psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Some exposure to ideas
and methods in clinical psychology and psychiatry.
- Analyzing fMRI and/or EEG data with FSL, SPM, AFNI, EEGLAB, and/or
another analysis package.
- Basic computer science/engineering math: calculus, linear algebra,
probability theory, frequentist and Bayesian statistics, time-frequency
analysis, basic machine learning techniques.
The list above is meant to be fairly general and should not discourage you
from applying, but you should be highly motivated to fill in any gaps in
knowledge during your time here. Candidates are expected to come from
psychology, neuroscience, computer science, statistics, or other scientific
and engineering disciplines. However, your exact undergraduate
concentration/major doesn???t matter contingent on having had exposure to
some of the above.
To apply, follow the instructions for the respective program, either
through the Department of Psychology or the Program in Neuroscience and
Cognitive Science. Be sure that your research statement addresses how your
research interests, experience, and skill set are aligned with the lab???s
research mission, as well as what your long term goals are and how you
think being a graduate student in the respective program will help you
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