Sage Junior Research Fellowships


Job number JPF00417

Four postdoctoral positions will be available beginning on September 1, 2015. This is a three-year fellowship, and the competition is open to all qualified candidates regardless of institutional affiliation.

The SAGE Center Junior Fellowship Program, established in 2011, fosters interdisciplinary research in the study of brain-mind interaction at the postdoctoral level. We are seeking a group of highly collaborative, interacting fellows who are willing to take different approaches to shared conceptual challenges. Qualified applicants should be able and will be encouraged to utilize the UCSB Brain Imaging Center ( The Center supports the new PRISMA (3T) Siemens magnet as well as MRI compatible high density electroencephalography hardware.  Center funding will be available for imaging studies.

In addition to developing research programs in close collaboration with individual faculty, Junior Fellows will enjoy special privileges, including access to visiting SAGE Scholars and attendance at regular group meetings to collaborate and share information about the role of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, political science, anthropology, biology, physics, engineering, the arts, philosophy and other disciplines on the study of brain, mind and behavior. To be eligible for the Junior Fellows program, a candidate must have been awarded a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent within the past five years.

Proposed research topics must be related to brain-mind interaction. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. We will strive to create a team based on common interests of the top applicants.

To apply, please submit:
1. A complete CV, published article and three letters of recommendation
2. A statement of your research interests and a description of how those interests complement the goals of the SAGE Center.

For primary consideration, apply by February 1, 2015, although we will accept applications until the positions are filled. Please submit your application at Inquiries about your application may be directed to; include your last name in the subject line of all correspondence.

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D.
Director, SAGE Center for the Study of Mind
University of California, Santa Barbara

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. 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, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Corina Logan

Corina Logan investigates how sociality, ecology, and genetics influence cognition and behavior. She has a BS degree in biology from the Evergreen State College where she studied tropical animal behavior, and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar researching how sociality influences behavior in the crow family. Corina is investigating whether small brained birds possess sophisticated cognition, whether innovation requires sophisticated cognition, and how innovation and cognition interact in the wild using a highly innovative bird, the great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus), as a model system. She is also comparing the cognitive abilities of grackles and New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) to determine what advantage the crows relatively large brains provide. Her work is funded by the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and the National Geographic Society Waitt Grant (Photo © Julia Leijola)


Rebecca Schaefer

Rebecca Schaefer's primary research interests are the neuroscience of moving to music, music performance and music imagination, with the goal to apply her findings to movement rehabilitation settings. She has received MSc's in Clinical Neuropsychology and Music Cognition from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Keele University, UK, respectively. Her subsequent PhD work at the Donders Intitute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, focused on developing cognitive tasks for Brain-Computer Interfaces, and specifically on decoding music imagery from electrical brain signals. Before coming to the SAGE Center at UCSB, she obtained a European Marie Curie fellowship to research the interaction of music and movement at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Margaret Tarampi

Margaret R. Tarampi received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Utah. Her research investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie spatial perception and cognition in special populations including individuals with visual impairments and spatial experts such as dancers and architects. Her other research interests include spatial thinking, perception and action, perspective taking, and kinesthetic imagery. Margaret's interdisciplinary background includes a Bachelor of Architectures from Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests in the effect of architecture on human experience brought her to the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. She is also an accomplished visual artist whose work explores the assumptions and manipulations of the human perceptual system.

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