Postdoctoral Scholar in Emotion Science

University of California Santa Barbara Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar — The Yu Emotion Science (YES) Lab, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Job #JPF02144
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022
Position duration: This will be a one-year position with a comprehensive benefits package and with the possibility of renewal.

Application Window

Open date: December 13th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Yu Emotion Science, or YES Lab within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking applications for an open, full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022, although the start date is flexible.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Hongbo Yu, to establish the lab in its new home at UCSB. The duties of the Postdoctoral Scholar will include study design and execution (e.g., programming online and laboratory tasks, collecting and analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data), writing up research papers and grant applications, presenting research projects within the department and on conferences, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

The YES Lab seeks to understand the relation between emotion and morality, and how they are implemented in the brain. To answer these questions, we adopt a wide range of methods, including behavioral experiments, neuroimaging, computational modeling, psychophysiological recording (e.g., eye-tracking, skin conductance, etc.), and natural language processing. We also emphasize an interdisciplinary approach. Our research is inspired by and has implications for philosophy, behavioral economics, psychiatry, history, and anthropology.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to build connections with stellar scientists within the broader area of brain/mind research by participating in activities at the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind ( Successful applicants will also have the opportunities to engage further with the SAGE Center through the SAGE Junior Fellows Program (

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




Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Five years minimum research experience (including the years towards doctoral degree) in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, or related a field, supported by a strong publication record, is required.

PhD must be conferred by start of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Applicants with training and experience in a subset of these areas will be given priority: advanced functional MRI analysis (e.g., pattern-based classification, representational similarity analysis, functional connectivity) and data sharing (e.g., BIDS and OpenNeuro), computational modeling of behavioral and neural data, natural language processing, strong theoretical training in social psychology, moral cognition and moral philosophy. The qualified applicant should be proficient in at least one, preferably multiple, programming language (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R) and be willing to learn others when needed.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Describing your qualifications, research interests and career goals
  • Representative Publication #1
  • Representative Publication #2
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Applicants that are strongly considered will have their references contacted prior to selection for interview.

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Campus Information

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 protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA