Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship under the co-mentorship of Dr. Leah Somerville in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and Dr. Joe Moran at US Army NRSDEC. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to collaborative research that incorporates brain imaging and behavioral paradigms to examine how individual and/or developmental differences in brain function relate to differences in social behavior. The postdoctoral fellow would be housed in the Psychology department at Harvard University with access to an excellent research training environment. More information about the laboratory is available on our website (http:/ or by contacting Leah Somerville (

Strong applicants will have: 

  • Topical expertise in social cognition, emotion, social neuroscience, decision-making, and/or motivation.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects as evidenced by first-author publications.
  • Experience in analyzing, and interpreting fMRI brain imaging data.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong computer, statistical, and technical skills (Matlab, Python, R, SPM, FSL, AFNI, or similar platforms).
  • A willingness to take a big picture approach in thinking about how basic research findings may be translated to applied settings.

The term of the appointment is two years with possible renewal depending on progress and funding. To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter that describes research interests, and a list of three references to Megan Garrad (Lab Manager) by email: The target start date is between July 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015, though there is some flexibility. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, and we will make arrangements for short-listed candidates to visit the laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.