Job Postings

By Felipe Orihuela-Espina and Stacey Ladieu.

We encourage everyone to contact us with the job offer information so that we can announce as soon as possible in this page. Alternatively, post job openings to the SfNIRS Facebook group. We also suggest that you use twitter with the #fnirs hashtag. The list is in reverse ordering to posting publication (to our knowledge) with more recent atop. If you know of any other job opportunity that you think it should be announced here, or you want an amendment to be made to one of the postings, please do contact us. Please note that we cannot guarantee that these offers are still open. For older job postings please check our archive.

Bortfeld Lab is looking for PhD students

• Posted by: Heather Bortfeld
• Posting date: October 16, 2020
• Where: Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced, USA
• More information at:

Professor Heather Bortfeld is currently accepting applications for students to pursue a PhD in her lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. See information about the Developmental Psychology PhD program below, including links to Prof. Bortfeld’s lab. We use fNIRS to examine speech perception and processing in adults, children, and infants. Bortfeld is also a member of Cognitive and Information Sciences, and there is ample opportunity for cross-training. Please email Prof. Bortfeld for more information at
The Psychological Sciences graduate program at the University of California Merced is currently recruiting motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. We offer an interdisciplinary training program with a strong emphasis on conducting original empirical research related to the development of children, adolescents, and families, especially in diverse, underserved populations. Students have the opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized faculty in Health and Quantitative Psychology and forming interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments on campus is highly encouraged. Students in good standing are eligible for year-round financial support, including payment of fees and tuition. The application deadline is December 1, 2020.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend free interactive informational webinars, scheduled to take place on October 28 and November 18. See here details.
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members that they are interested in working with. Our current faculty include:

  • Mayra Bámaca-Colbert ( The Impact (Immigrant Parents, Adolescents, and Children Thriving Lab; aims to enhance our knowledge at the intersection of culture-context in development and adaptation of ethnic-racial minoritized youth, children, and families, with a focus on Latinx populations. Collaborations have expanded this work to topics related to Black families and homeless youth. Among topics researched are parenting and parent-child relationships, school/peer contexts, and cultural factors as they pertain to the psychological and behavioral patterns of youth.
  • Heather Bortfeld ( The Bortfeld Lab ( pursues two lines of research on language development. One line examines the mechanisms that underlie typically developing infants’ ability to recognize words in fluent speech, while the second line examines the influence of perceptual, cognitive, and social factors on the language development of individuals with cochlear implants.
  • Elif Isbell ( The IDEA (Isbell Development, Experiences, and Achievement) Research Group ( studies the neural and behavioral changes in children’s abilities to control their thoughts and actions, as embedded in their experiences in households and at schools, within the broader context of their socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Alexandra Main ( The Family Development Lab ( focuses on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents within the family context. Specific interests include the development of empathy and emotion regulation and how these processes are shaped by temperament, family, and culture.
  • Rose Scott ( The Center for Early Cognition and Language ( examines the development of language and social cognition in the first four years of life, with a focus on the role of parent-child interactions and socioeconomic status in the development of these abilities.
  • Eric Walle ( The Interpersonal Development Lab ( explores emotional development in infancy and early childhood, particularly how children understand and respond to others’ emotions. Additional interests include how developmental transitions, such as the onset of walking, impact social, emotional, and language development. 

The application deadline is December 1, 2020. For more information about the application process or to submit an application, please see For additional details on the Psychological Sciences program, visit our website or contact our graduate group chair, Jan Wallander ( 
The University of California Merced is a dynamic new university campus which opened in 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and first American research university of the 21st century. The diversity of the campus community and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley region offers unique opportunities for conducting behavioral research, especially research on the influence of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors on developmental processes. 

Two PhD positions at Cambridge Univerisity Neuro Optics Lab

• Posted by: Gemma Bale
• Posting date: October 9, 2020
• Where: Neuro Optics Lab, Departments of Physics and Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
• More information at: PhD 1:; PhD 2:

The Neuro Optics Lab is a new, multidisciplinary research group that operates jointly between the Departments of Physics and Engineering at the University of Cambridge. We develop and validate new optical methods to monitor brain function and metabolism non-invasively. The lab currently focusses on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-based methods to perform in-vivo monitoring of metabolic markers such as haemoglobin oxygenation, mitochondrial function and blood flow. We are interested in pioneering tools and techniques to monitor relevant physiology for both basic science and medical applications. Our work is highly translational and we work closely with clinical partners in Addenbrooke’s Hospital to deliver technologies that progress medical therapeutics. One Position is for a PhD in Biomedical Optics: Wearable Spectroscopy for Metabolic Neuroimaging. The other position is for PhD in Optical Brain Imaging for Dementia. Interest in or requests for more information about the project should be made to Dr Gemma Bale (

Funded PhD position (Rehabilitation Sciences) at Boston University

• Posted by: Claudio Ferre
• Posting date: October 1, 2020
• Where: College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Boston University
• More information at: Lab website: and PhD Program website:

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020.
Fully funded, interdisciplinary PhD opportunity is available for Fall 2021. Potential project involves using fNIRS to study the relationship between motor skills and brain development in infants at-risk of developing motor disabilities. The Development, Experience, & Motor Recovery Lab uses a variety of techniques including brain imaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, and behavioral assessments to understand motor development and brain function. In particular, we are interested in studying how sensorimotor experiences shape the development of motor circuits involved in the control of the hands and arms. Our goal is to use this information to develop targeted upper-limb therapies. Our lab is committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion. Application deadline is Dec. 1 2020. Potential applicants can contact Dr. Claudio Ferre for more information:

Multiple postdoc positions in AI for noninvasive neuroimaging @ RPI

• Posted by: Suvranu De
• Posting date: August 4, 2020
• Where: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA
• More information at:

The Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has several postdoctoral positions available immediately. We are looking for candidates with experience and interests at the intersection of artificial intelligence and noninvasive neuroimaging to work on cutting edge projects investigating motor skill learning mechanisms in complex surgical bimanual tasks. Candidates with more experience will be considered for more senior research staff positions.

A postdoc position in non- and minimally-invasive diffuse optical tissue monitoring.

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of David R. Busch, Ph. D. in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pain Management & Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. This laboratory, new to UTSW, focuses upon development and translation of diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopic instrumentation to monitor the central nervous system.

A postdoc position in pediatric fNIRS-EEG available in Montreal.

A post-doc position is available at the LIONlab in Montreal, for a large fNIRS study on the development of language brain networks in children from birth to 3 years. The candidate will also be involved in clinical fNIRS-EEG projects in various pediatric populations (epilepsy, congenital heart disease, preterms). This position is for a period of one year, renewable (funding is secure for the next 5 years). I’m looking forward for you application!

Two postdoc positions available in Montreal.

Happy to announce two postdoc positions available in my lab in Montreal, for neuroimaging studies involving epilepsy and sleep. For the first one, we are looking for a methodologist expert in EEG/MEG source modelling, for the second one we are looking for an MD epileptologist (neurologist) for EEG/MEG and whole night EEG/NIRS monitoring in patients with epilepsy.

Post-doctoral Position Available at Boston University

  • Posted by: David Boas
  • Posting date: June 22, 2020
  • Where: Boston University (BU) Neurophotonics Center, USA

The BOAS Lab is offering a full time PostDoc position in the area of applied biosignal processing applied to functional neuroimaging in the everyday world at the Boston Universities (BU) Neurophotonics Center. COVID-19 emergency response permitting, it is hoped that this position will start before the end of 2020, but start delays can be accomodated. BU’s Biomedical Engineering Department is among the top tier biomedical engineering departments in the US and in a close network with other leading research institutions within the greater Boston area such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and MIT.
The position is with David Boas, director of the Neurophotonics Center. The grant for this position is expected to be funded in the summer of 2020 and will run 5 years.
Our vision is to build a portable, miniaturized, lightweight, high-density wearable combined – functional Near Infrared-Spectroscopy (fNIRS) – Electro-Encepholography (EEG) – Eye-tracking system for enabling “Neuroscience of the Everyday World” by permitting long duration continuous monitoring of normal / altered brain activity during movement, perception, and social interaction in real time and in the real world.
The work in the offered position will address two major challenges in the analysis of the multimodal signals:
1) Brain imaging signal components must be reliably separated into evoked brain activity, local and systemic physiological interference and non-physiological noise, to reject artifacts from movement/interaction and the environment. This challenge will be tackled by building on top of our latest developed methods that incorporate state-of-the-art multivariate Machine Learning.
2) The Everyday World yields a plethora of sensory stimuli that generate the context for linking brain activity and behavior. The goal will be to automatically generate context from the audio, video, and eye-tracking data using available cutting edge computer vision / text to speech solutions; leading towards automatic, continuous and probabilistic data labeling that enables segmentation of the EEG-fNIRS signals using keyword / context search.
If you would like to apply, please contact David Boas at Boston University.

Someone with fNIRS experience to join a small start-up company

  • Posted by: Jodi Gilman
  • Posting date: May 29, 2020
  • More information at: Contact Jodi Gilman

Hello! We are looking for someone with fNIRS experience to join a small start-up company using fNIRS for some interesting real-world applications. Feel free to PM me if you are interested!!

Fully funded (EU/UK students) cross disciplinary PhD opportunity.

Fully funded (EU/UK students) cross disciplinary PhD opportunity “Using Brain Computer Interfaces (fNIRS) to understand distractions during Virtual Reality Tasks” at the Interactive Technologies Lab and the University of Lincoln.

Several positions at ICFO in our group. Postdoc, PhD, research engineer levels.

  • Posted by: Turgut Durduran
  • Posting date: Apr 22, 2020
  • Where: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain
  • More information at:

We have several positions at ICFO in our group. Postdoc, PhD, research engineer levels.

This position will be dedicated to the research lines developed within the Joint Lab ICFO-SJD. This is the framework of a joint effort between ICFO and Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu aimed at improving neonatal and paediatric healthcare by exploiting the latest developments in Physics and Biomedicine.
The successful candidate will be joining the Medical Optics group led by Prof. Dr.Turgut Durduran. The group is collaborating with Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (, the premier children’s hospital in Barcelona to develop and utilize new neuro-monitors based on near-infrared spectroscopy and diffuse correlation spectroscopy. The new neuro-monitor will be combined with different EEG caps and monitors for simultaneous and synchronized data acquisition. This is part of a growing collaboration involving neonatal intensive care, cardiology and neurology. It has two components one is clinical and the other is the use of advanced pre-clinical models.
The successful candidate will be leading the ICFO-leg of the study and be part of a team that involves physicists, engineers, clinicians and biologists. They will be responsible for data acquisition, interpretation and publications.

Research Coordinator at the University of Iowa

Dear colleagues, we’re looking for a research coordinator to join our lab at UIowa (August 2020). I would truly appreciate it if you could share the link below with your talented students interested in a 1-2 year research position in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Thank you!

Three 3-Year Funded PhD Opportunities

Three funded PhD positions are available at the University of Nottingham to study brain-to-brain synchrony in infants and mothers using fNIRS. The team will be primarily supervised by myself and Line Caes at the University of Stirling. Sunny place, stimulating research environment, great colleagues and exciting work!

Postdoctoral fellow at NIH

The Section on Analytical and Functional Biophotonics at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human development led by Amir Gandjbakhche ( is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to work on multiple projects on the cognitive neuroscience domain. The lab maintains close collaborations with intramural researchers within the National Institutes of Health, namely Dr. Audrey Thurm at the National Institute of Mental Health, and with extramural collaborators, such as Dr. Nathan Fox at the Child Development Lab, University of Maryland.
The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to work on projects including the neural basis of the human mirroring system in typically developing infants and infants at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, Williams Syndrome, among others. Methods used in the lab include fNIRS, EEG, behavioral testing and questionnaires. Candidates will primarily be responsible for collecting and analyzing EEG and fNIRS data, overseeing a team of postbaccalaureate research assistants, and writing scientific papers and presentations. Candidates with a strong background in EEG and/or fNIRS in developmental populations will be most suited for the job. The candidate should be able to work independently and in a team environment.

  1. A Ph.D in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field awarded by May 2020.
  2. Previous experience with either EEG or fNIRS data collection and processing.
    Preference will be given to those with:
  3. Publications in either EEG or fNIRS.
  4. Previous research experience with developmental populations (e.g., infants, toddlers).
  5. Experience with EEG/fNIRS processing software (e.g., MatLab, EEGLab, Homer2).
  6. Experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, MatLab)
  7. Experience with stimulus presentation software (e.g., E-Prime, PsychoPy).
  8. History of teaching/mentoring and ability to manage multipart projects.
    The position start date is Spring/Summer 2020. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of research interest, and the names and contact information for three references to Amir Gandjbakhche ( and Helga Miguel (

10+ new positions within the #ICFO International PhD Program

  • Posted by: Turgut Durduran
  • Posting date: Feb 25, 2020
  • Where: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain
  • More information at:

10+ new positions within the ICFO International PhD Program:

  • Biophysics & Biomedical Optics
  • Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics
  • Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Physics
  • Nanophotonics, Optomechanics & Nanomechanics

Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Psychology (up to seven Posts)

A competitive professorial salary package is available for outstanding candidates.
In the next phase of growth, the UEA School of Psychology seeks new appointments to complement existing research strengths within the School. Priority will be given to candidates with a sustained record of internationally leading research outputs, research income, and research leadership, specialising in any area of Psychology. Applicants with expertise in cognition across the lifespan (ageing, adolescence, child development) and/or computational approaches to psychological science are particularly encouraged to apply. Up to two of the posts will be at Professorial level for outstanding candidates.
We also seek applicants who can demonstrate synergies with other schools/faculties, commensurate with the multidisciplinary ethos at UEA, and the world-leading facilities at the Norwich Research Park.
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent qualification and be able to satisfy all other essential criteria for the role. 
These posts are available from 1 July 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full time or part time, indefinite basis. 
Closing Date: 16 March 2020
The University is a Silver Athena Swan Award holder.

Posdoc fellow at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

  • Posted by: Wang Lab
  • Posting date: Feb 11, 2020
  • Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Nebraska, USA
  • More information at:

The NL3 Wang lab is looking for a postdoc fellow. If you are interested in this position, please send an email to with your CV attached. The start date: July 2020 salary – for those with limited experience with fNIRS, $50,000, for those with 3 years or more experience with fNIRS, salary is negotiable.