Post-Doc Positions

Post-Doc Position Available 

Two new post-doctoral positions are available in John Henderson’s Visual Cognition Lab in the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. The positions are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Eye Institute of NIH focusing on the influence of scene semantics (meaning) on attention during scene perception and understanding.

Highly motivated candidates with a PhD in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field, and a research interest in visual cognition are encouraged to apply. Applicants with backgrounds in attention and visual cognition, as well as related areas of cognition such as concepts, memory, and language, are also welcome. We approach the study of attention and scenes using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging techniques, and a background in any of these methods would be suitable. Strong analytic and writing skills are essential, and coding skills are an advantage. A record of published research is also expected. Salary will be at University of California post-doctoral rates commensurate with experience. Initial appoints are for 2 years and the positions are available immediately. The research is based in Davis California, but given health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic, a remote start is negotiable for applicants already residing within the US.

We are committed to making the study of human perception and cognition a more open and diverse field, and encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups.

Interested candidates should start with an introductory email to John Henderson ( describing educational background and research interests before submitting a formal application. Formal applications will include CV, publication list, brief statement of research interests, and letters of reference. Applications will be assessed as they arrive, with start date flexible but ideally in Fall 2020.

The lab is located at the Center for Mind and Brain, a vibrant community of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. The lab is affiliated with the Department of Psychology, the Visual Cognition Research Group, the Language, Cognition, and Brain Sciences group, the Imaging Research Center, the Center for Neuroscience, and the Center for Vision Science.

The bicycle-friendly town of Davis is in an ideal Northern California location, easy driving distance to Sacramento (20 min), San Francisco (75 min), Napa Valley (45 min), Sonoma Valley (45 min), the Northern California coast (90 min), and the Sierra Nevada Mountains (60 min).

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Davis is committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation.