Post-doctoral fellow

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin in 2021 (flexible start date). The lab uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanisms of psychotic disorders. We are particularly interested in characterizing abnormal sensory and motor processes and understanding their relevance for clinical symptoms. Many of our current projects focus on visual perception and eye movements. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.


The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Requirements include a Ph.D. in clinical or cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong publication record and statistical training. Programming skills (Matlab or Python), experience with human neuroimaging, eye tracking and/or visual psychophysics are desired. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with clinical populations (although this is not required).


We strongly believe that science is a team effort and that diversity within this team is integral to creativity and discovery. As such, we encourage applications from those individuals who identify as members of marginalized or historically disadvantaged groups. We strive towards creating an inclusive lab climate and a training environment that supports the needs of all individuals. 


Michigan State University is located in mid-Michigan and part of the University Research Corridor ( that includes MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, offering opportunities for collaboration with some of the nation’s top scientists. 


Initial appointment will be for 12 months and will be renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance. Stipends will be at standard NIH levels.


Interested applicants should email Dr. Katy Thakkar at kthakkar@msu.ed and include all required application materials:


1.     Cover letter explaining professional developmental goals and research focus

2.     CV

3.     Names and email addresses of three references


Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


Any questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Katy Thakkar at