Job Postings

By Gemma Bale, Maria Beketskaia, Jeff Dunn and Stacey Ladieu.

We encourage everyone to post job openings to the SfNIRS Facebook group page at 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 ammendment to be made to one of the posting, please do contact us with the event information so that we can be more comprehensive. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this offers are still open. For future issues, we encourage you to announce events in our Facebook group or in Tweeter using the hashtag #fNIRSjob .

For older job postings please check our archive.

Postdoc position –the role of neuropeptides in social behavior: coupling behavioral economics with pharmacological imaging (Chengdu, China)

  • Posted by: Benjamin Becker
  • Posting date: Oct 14, 2019
  • Where: University of Science and Technology of China
  • More information at:

Increasing evidence suggests a role of neuropeptides including oxytocin, vasopressin and angiotensin in molding human social behavior. The multifaceted role of these neuropeptides on complex social interactions can best be elucidated by employing a cross disciplinary approach.  To this end we (Prof. Richard P. Ebstein and Prof. Benjamin Becker) intend to combine incentivized behavioral paradigms from behavioral economics with pharmacoimaging, including fMRI, as well as combined near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG in social interaction contexts. 

The successful applicant will take the leading role in our joint projects taking advantage of our strong expertise in behavioral economics (Richard P. Ebstein) and pharmacoimaging (Benjamin Becker) with our previous work on the role of neuropeptides in social and emotional behavior. The successful applicant will closely work together with both group that are based respectively at the University of Science and Technology of China (UESTC, Becker) and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE Ebstein). The successful applicant will be enrolled in the post-doctoral program of the UESTC with an initial contract for 24 months. 

Research platform the group at the UESTC has access to 3T MRI (GE 750), including MRI-compatible psychophysiological (biopac) and eye-tracking (eyelink) equipment, and NIRS systems (NIRX; 64 channels) and EEG systems (64, 128 channels) TMS and molecular genetic platforms are established and available. The lab has excellent domestic and international collaborations to facilitate scientific exchange and training and strong previous experience in pharmacological studies including modulation of the oxytocin, vasopressin and angiotensin system. Details see also our lab webpage

For our previous research see also 

Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, or Economics with experience in Behavioral Economics or related fields. Applicants should have a strong background in experimental design, and / or neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, particularly fNIR expertise is an advantage) and / or computational modelling. The successful applicant will receive strong support and will be integrated in our established domestic & international collaborations. We encourage and foster the development of an independent research track and especially promote new ideas and applications for domestic & international research funds. 

The position Depending on the previous experience of the applicant a postdoc position (initially contracted for two years) salary will be negotiated with respect to previous experience. 

 To apply send a curriculum vitae, statement describing research interests and relevant background, two letters of recommendation (alternatively two contacts willing to provide a recommendation), as well as relevant reprints/preprints of research articles as single pdf file to:  

All application received by December 15th, 2019 will be considered. For informal inquiries & questions please feel free to contact me using the same mail contacts. 

Looking forward to your applications, 

Richard & Ben

Research Fellow Positions

A new Post Doc positions is open in Dr Franceschini’s Lab to develop next generation NIRS-DCS devices.

We invite enthusiastic individuals with a PhD in Electrical Engineering or related fields with a strong background in optoelectronics, including micro controllers, embedded system design, SPAD detectors, digital electronics and signal processing. Also required programming experience in C, C++, Python, LabView, FPGA programming and Matlab. This is a one-year renewable term appointment, expected to start end of 2019 beginning of 2020.

If interested, please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge. Including a publication list;
  • Names of three referees.

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at

Software Developer/ Computer Engineer Position

We are looking for a skilled Software Developer or Computer Engineer to develop software for our novel NIRS and DCS tissue monitoring medical devices. The Computer Programmer’s duties will include developing in-house software, as well as identifying and fixing defects, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance or upgrade interfaces, do embedded programming (microcontrollers and FPGAs), supporting data architecture and data analysis. You will also be involved in directing system testing and validation procedures. Prior experience with .NET Framework and Cypress FX3 USB controllers is a plus.

The ideal candidate for this role must possess superior coding skills, good task management, superior problem solving and critical thinking skills, and communication skills to meet the users demands. To be successful in this role, you will need extensive knowledge of programming languages and the software development life-cycle. A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or related degree is required.


  • Building software-hardware interfaces and graphical user interfaces
  • Modifying software to fix errors, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance, or upgrade interfaces.
  • Directing system testing and validation procedures.
  • Directing software programming and documentation development.
  • Profiling and analyzing algorithms.


  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or another related field.
  • Must be a full-stack developer and understand concepts of software engineering.
  • Excellent coding skills.
  • Hands-on programming experience using relevant languages: C, C++, C#, Python (Do we need Python?), LabView, and Matlab
  • Hands-on experience with embedded devices – microcontrollers, USB controllers, and FPGAs Ability to develop unit testing of code components or complete applications.
  • Experience working on a variety of software development projects.
  • The desire to work in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and to handle multiple projects
  • Strong aptitude for math.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology.
  • Ability to interface with scientists, engineering and clinicians
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

If interested, please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge (including a publication list if any)
  • Names of three referees.

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at

Permanent Senior Research Laboratory Developer

The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) is building a unique research facility within the new Wohl/Wolfson ToddlerLab. The Wellcome-funded Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) will enable developmental changes in children’s brains, behaviours, and cognition to be studied in naturally contingent audiovisual virtual environments. The facility will incorporate cutting-edge wearable monitoring systems including psychophysiology, eye tracking, brain activity monitoring systems (EEG, fNIRS) and motion-capture synchronised to the VR environment.
You will be responsible for the effective development, management and operation of purpose built multi-method real and virtual (CAVE) developmental laboratory facilities within the CBCD (; providing a high quality technical service that proactively supports and contributes to research excellence; undertaking research for pilot projects leading to grant applications and project work leading to publications. You will be responsible for developing 3D content for the CAVE and coordinating different remote sensing technologies monitoring toddler behaviours and brain activity within the CAVE environment. You will work collaboratively as part of the research team to provide training support and cover across CBCD for research laboratory facilities for academics students and other service users.
Birkbeck’s CBCD incorporates a group of researchers studying brain and psychological development in typically and atypically developing babies toddlers and children using behavioural testing motion capture eye-tracking and brain imaging methods (eg. EEG fNIRS). The Centre currently involves some sixty people formed of several internationally recognised teams interacting in a friendly working environment.

Remuneration: Grade 8 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £44515 rising incrementally to £53854 per annum.
The salary quoted is on the College’s London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.

Enquiries: If you would like to know more about the role please contact Dr Tim Smith (
While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme 31 days paid leave flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.
We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce holding an Athena SWAN award membership of WISE operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.
Interview date: 18 June 2019

Postdoc on Non- and minimally-invasive diffuse optical tissue monitoring

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of David R. Busch, Ph. D. in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  This laboratory, new to UTSW, focuses upon development and translation of diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopic (DOS, DCS) instrumentation to monitor the central nervous system. Current projects include minimally invasive monitoring of the spinal cord and non-invasive cerebral monitoring during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy.