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 ammendment to be made to one of the posting, please do contact us. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this offers are still open.

For older job postings please check our archive.

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.

Postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student at University of Houston

  • Posted by: Luca Pollonini
  • Posting date: Feb 3, 2020
  • Where: University of Houston, Texas, USA
  • More information at:

My lab at the University of Houston has immediate openings for a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student to work at the intersection of biomedical optics devices and computational imaging for investigating hemodynamics of brain and non-brain tissues.
The primary objective of this NSF-funded activity is to investigate the effect of prolonged pressure on human tissues (skin, fat, muscle) using a patch-like diffuse optical imaging system prototyped in our lab. However, cross-contaminations with our ongoing functional brain imaging projects are encouraged.
Successful applicants with background in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or other relevant fields will assume a lead role in conducting experiments on optical phantoms and humans, reconstructing and analyzing optical images, and contributing to the development of future generations of the wearable imaging device. Prior experience with fNIRS and/or DOT imaging is highly desirable.
The University of Houston is a public, Tier-1 research university located in one of the most racially/ethnically diverse metropolitan areas in the U.S. and home of the world-largest Texas Medical Center, with which we collaborate strictly. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For inquiries, please contact me directly at

Neuroscientist (Hardware Focus)

Kernel is building next generation, non-invasive, mind/body/machine interfaces (MBMIs). Our team of neuroscientists, engineers, and physicists are working on the frontier, pioneering in multiple fields. The technology we’re building will improve how we address mental disease and dysfunction and usher in a new era of exploring, improving and evolving our cognition.
We are looking for a talented hardware-focused Neuroscientist to work alongside our hardware engineers and developers in translating technologies from the bench-top to product. The ideal candidate will serve as a bridge between our hardware team and neuroscientists to help specify and improve our neural interface devices. This person should be familiar working with human subjects, implementing tasks, and performing data analysis.
Neuroscience is the new rocket science.


  • Work with cutting-edge neuroimaging systems to guide development of future products
  • Evaluate system configuration for optimizing neural data collection
  • Collect, curate and analyze large neuroimaging datasets
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of neuroscientists, engineers, and physicists in order to develop and transfer designed technologies to product groups


  • B.S., in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, Neuroscience, Statistics, or a related field
  • Strong coding and data analysis skills (Python, MATLAB, C++, etc.)
  • Experience collecting and analyzing neuroimaging data
  • Understanding of design, implementation, and coordination of human neuroimaging experiments using hemodynamics


  • Advanced degree in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, Neuroscience, Statistics, or a related field
  • Experience with data cleaning methods
  • Experience dealing with large datasets and deploying real-time algorithms at scale

This position will require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please note that any offer for employment will be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license.

Posdoctoral Research Associate (Grade 7) at University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is hiring a postdoc to work on a project looking at neural processing (using EEG and NIRS) during speech segmentation in children with Developmental Language Disorder. Applications due 5th February.

Post-doctoral position in functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and EEG for neuro-cognitive development in infants

  • Posted by: Turgut Durduran
  • Posting date: Dec 19, 2019
  • Where: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain
  • More information at:

The Medical Optics research group led by Prof. Turgut Durduran at ICFO, in collaboration with
the Speech Acquisition and Perception group led by Prof. Nuria Sebastian Galles at UPF-Pompeu Fabra University, both in Barcelona (Spain), are looking for a highly motivated
postdoctoral fellow to work in a multi-disciplinary project to study neuro-cognitive
development in infants using functional near-infrared & diffusion correlation (fNIRS & fDCS)
spectroscopies coupled with EEG recording.
This project is part of an on-going collaboration to utilize a newly developed fNIRS and fDCS
system alongside EEG to study speech acquisition and perception in infants. We are carrying
out studies in advanced protocols while developing new probes, new instrumentation and
analysis routines for the fNIRS and fDCS data.

post doc position on fNIRS analysis at Nebraska University

  • Posted by: Jorge Zuniga
  • Posting date: Dec 15, 2019
  • Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • More information at: JMZUNIGA@UNOMAHA.EDU

The Department of Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has a new post doc position (fNIRS analysis).
The main duties of this position are to provide research and administrative support, perform experiments, set up laboratory equipment, data collection, statistical analyses, and implement and analyze Matlab-based signal-processing methods for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy signal.

Open PhD thesis position (ESR 4): Investigating audio-tactile brain plasticity using fNIRS in children using cochlear implants

RESEARCH FIELD: Cognitive Hearing Science
Host Institution: Eriksholm Research Centre / Oticon, Denmark
Doctoral School: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
Envisioned start and duration: The funding will cover the 3 years of a PhD and start any time in 2020 between June and December.
Job description: This position offers the exciting potential to complete a PhD at an industrial research centre as part of a large EU-funded Innovative Training Network. As part of this project you will use fNIRS (a light-based functional brain imaging technique) to investigate how the brains of cochlear implant users adapt to auditory-tactile stimulation, and how the strength and speed of this adaptation relate to speech understanding outcomes.
This position is a part of the multi-laboratory project Comm4CHILD, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 860755.
Requested expertise: You should have a scientific mindset, be driven by a desire to understand complex systems, and have a background in cognitive psychology, audiology or cognitive hearing science. Candidates with a biomedical or electrical and electronic engineering background will also be considered. You should be proficient with cognitive/audiology laboratory testing paradigms and software (e.g. Matlab, R). Knowledge or experience using fNIRS, fMRI, or EEG would be an advantage.
Eligibility criteria: Applicants must hold a Master degree or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master’s (5-year duration) at the time when the PhD contract will begin. At the time of recruitment, you must not already hold a doctorate degree and must be within the first four years of your research career (measured from the date of obtaining the degree which entitles you to embark on PhD studies); You must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited (Denmark) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This excludes short stays such as holidays

Applications: You should submit

  1. A cover letter describing your background, research experiences, interests, and goals
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. At least one letter of recommendation from a previous research supervisor
  4. A copy of diploma to (PhD supervisor). Please, mention that you are applying to the “DOCTORAL position Comm4CHILD” in the email subject.

Scientific description: For people who use cochlear implants, even moderate noise or acoustic scenes with multiple talkers can severely degrade speech understanding. When children with cochlear implants are integrated in schools for normally-hearing children, the negative effect of noise on learning as well as on social integration is a serious concern. Recent evidence suggests that adding a wristband which provides vibrotactile input can substantially improve speech understanding in noise as well as appreciation of acoustically complex signals like music. The objective of this project is to investigate impact of cross-modal plasticity across somatosensory and auditory brain areas on listening performance in complex acoustic scenes (speech in noise, multi-talker, music) as well as on learning and language development for children using cochlear implants. In the study, a group of children fitted with cochlear implants will be equipped with a take-home vibrotactile wristband device delivering key acoustic cues.
During and after a training period of up to three months, this group will be evaluated against a control group of children with cochlear implants without vibrotactile input. A vibro-tactile input device design from Univ. Southampton is available for the project. Speech outcome and music
appreciation measures will be employed along with fNIRS brain imaging techniques for studying cross-modal plasticity across auditory and somatosensory areas before and after the training period. Furthermore, brain networks related to language processing and listening effort will be studied with fNIRS in the two groups. The outcomes of the project will be an increased understanding of how vibrotactile inputs can drive brain plasticity, and how this plasticity might be related to success in understanding speech.
Contact details for more information: Hamish Innes-Brown

PhD student or postdoc

The University of Potsdam (Faculty of Human Sciences) invites applications for a 28-month position (salary according to 65% TV-L E13, starting from beginning of 2020). The position is allocated to the Research Unit „Crossing the Borders: The Interplay of Language, Cognition, and the Brain in Early Human Development“ funded by the DFG (FOR 2253) in Project P1 “From associative to controlled learning of non-adjacent dependencies – brain function and structure”. The Research Unit investigates the interactions of language, cognition, social cognition, and their neuro-cognitive underpinnings in human development during the first years of life. The projects follow an interdisciplinary approach combining research perspectives from linguistics and psychology (

  • Excellent university degree in Linguistics, Psychology or related fields (Diploma, M.Sc.)
  • Interest in the research topic (learning of non-adjacent dependencies)
  • Experience with the application of near-infrared-spectroscopy (NIRS) (and/or EEG, eye-tracking, behavioural tasks) in young children
  • Experience in testing young children/toddlers
  • Experience in experimental design and programming
  • Very good knowledge and skills in statistics

The position is now open. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should include the following documents:

  • full CV with a list of publications and presentations,
  • a short motivation letter,
  • copies of diplomas or certificates, and
  • names, affiliations and E-mail-addresses of two academics who are willing to provide reference letters.

Applications (in English or German) should be sent as a single pdf-file to isabell (dot) wartenburger (at) uni-potsdam (dot) de with the subject “Application NIRS position”.

Postdoctoral positions available at the University of Cambridge.

One position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. Building on this initial phase the fellowship will extend to develop, conduct and assess the efficacy of a positive parenting intervention with families during pregnancy through to 6 months of life. The other position is funded by an MRC programme grant to Professor Mark Johnson, and will focus on the effects on brain function of birth, by tracing individual differences in behavior from the 3rd trimester fetus to the first few months of postnatal life. The two research associates (or assistants) will work synergistically as part of a team.

This posts are focused on (i) the optimisation of a fNIRS neuroimaging toolkit for home-friendly environments, (ii) the design, recruitment and conduct of a longitudinal prospective behavioural and functional neuroimaging study, (iii) integration of postnatal measures with prenatal ultrasound, and (iii) data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

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