of postdocs and publishing models: two opportunities of (possible) interest

I don’t usually use this blog to advertise things (so please don’t send me requests to publicize your third cousin’s upcoming bar mitzvah), but I think these two opportunities are pretty cool. They also happen to be completely unrelated, but I’m too lazy to write two separate posts, so…

Opportunity 1: We’re hiring!

Well, not me personally, but a guy I know. My current postdoc advisor, Tor Wager, is looking to hire up to 4 postdocs in the next few months to work on various NIH-funded projects related to the neural substrates of pain and emotion. You would get to play with fun things like fMRI scanners, thermal stimulators, and machine learning techniques. Oh, and snow, because we’re located in Boulder, Colorado. So we have. A lot. Of snow.

Anyway, Tor is great to work with, the lab is full of amazing people and great resources, and Boulder is a fantastic place to live, so if you have (or expect to soon have) a PhD in affective/cognitive neuroscience or related field and a background in pain/emotion research and/or fMRI analysis and/or machine learning and/or psychophysiology, you should consider applying! See this flyer for more details. And no, I’m not being paid to say this.

Opportunity 2: Design the new science!

That’s a cryptic way of saying that there’s a forthcoming special issue of Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience that’s going to focus on “Visions for Open Evaluation of Scientific Papers by Post-Publication Peer Review.” As far as I can tell, that basically means that if you’re like every other scientist, and think there’s more to scientific evaluation than the number of publications and citations one has, you now have an opportunity to design a perfect evaluation system of your very own–meaning, of course, that system in which you end up at or near the very top.

In all seriousness though, this seems like a really great idea, and I think it’s the kind of thing that could actually have a very large impact on how we’re all doing–or at least communicating–science 10 or 20 years from now. The special issue will be edited by Niko Kriegeskorte, whose excellent ideas about scientific publishing I’ve previously blogged about, and Diana Deca. Send them your best ideas! And then, if it’s not too much trouble, put my name on your paper. You know, as a finder’s fee. Abstracts are due January 15th.

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