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We’re growing the team! Postdoc opportunity.

We are growing the team and hiring a postdoctoral researcher! The postdoctoral researcher will initiate and lead new projects at the intersection of memory and decision making and contribute to ongoing projects. Candidates must have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field by the position start date. For more details on the position and instructions to apply please see here.


Prospective graduate students: Virtual Discover UChicago

Join Us at Virtual Discover UChicago!

Virtual Discover UChicago will now be held as a week-long event on October 17-23, 2021. 

The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals traditionally underrepresented in their fields a personalized virtual visit to explore graduate education at our institution. Join us for a series of graduate admissions workshops, conversations with world-renowned faculty and administrative staff, and social events with current graduate students. Receive advice on submitting a competitive application to graduate programs and learn how to develop your own career as a scientist, academic, or professional.

The application for Discover UChicago is now open. Application deadline is August 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents planning to apply for graduate study for the following autumn. Undocumented and DACAmented students are welcome to apply.

NIMH-funded Post-doctoral T32 Fellowship: Applications are open!

Interested in the cognitive neuroscience of maladaptive decision making and eating disorders? 

The Midwest Regional Post-Doctoral Training Program in Eating Disorders Research is currently inviting applications for the 2022 class to begin fellowship in the summer of 2022. This NIMH-funded post-doctoral T32 fellowship is located at three sites: University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, and Sanford Research/University of North Dakota. Post-doctoral training and mentorship is available in a wide variety of areas of eating disorders research across the three sites.

Please consider applying for this fellowship opportunity for a chance to be mentored by Dr. Akram Bakkour at the University of Chicago. 

More details are attached here. The application deadline is September 30, 2021, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled.

Calling all undergrads: RA opportunity!

The Bakkour Memory and Decision Lab is seeking highly motivated undergrads who are interested in joining the lab as a Research Assistant! The position is available to start ASAP, with an expected minimum commitment throughout the Spring Quarter (April-June 2021). Preference will be granted to UChicago undergraduate students who can commit to working in the lab for at least a year, and there will be opportunities to continue research during the summers as well.

Join us as we pursue an exciting project that investigates the effects of stress on our decision making for the future. As an RA, you will have the opportunity to run participants on live behavioral studies, gain skills and knowledge in online methods for collecting data, and assist with analyzing the data using statistical software. We are a group of researchers who are passionate about the intersection of memory and decision-making, and we would love to have you join us!

To apply, please fill out this form to express your interest and share your background. We will get in touch with you once you have submitted an application. For more information, see our Join Us page.
Note: This is a volunteer, remote-friendly research assistant position. Please email us at with any questions—thank you!