Job Postings

By Felix Scholkmann, 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.

2 x Scientific Consultant / Biomedical Engineer / Neuroscientist (m/f/d)

• Posted by: Amy Young (NIRx Medical Technologies)
• Posting date: Apr 12, 2021
• Where: Berlin, Germany or Orlando, Florida.
• More information at:

NIRx is looking for a team player to start immediately in one of our offices full time. We are looking for someone who shares our passion for science, biomedical instrumentation, and neurotechnology. You’ll need a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, or a related field. As well as comprehensive knowledge of the acquisition and analysis of physiological signals. Ideally, previous experience with fNIRS, EEG, or fMRI.

Your role will involve customer-oriented handling of sales requests on a daily basis, as well as consulting on research solutions best suited based on the researcher’s experimental setup and paradigm design. Of course, you’ll need to stay well-read on existing and new fNIRS and related research as well as technological developments in the field. You will be responsible for building strong relationships within the research community with your excellent communication skills!

Read all the role requirements and specifications here.

We look forward to your applications!

About NIRx: NIRx works with leading fNIRS researchers from all over the world and enables them to do cutting-edge research. Our mission is to provide the best solutions for neuroscientists. A solution is not only a high-quality device and software but also trustworthy and qualified consulting and excellent scientific and technical support. Our dedication to research and to our customer’s needs leads to our continuous growth. 
NIRx is an exciting, engaging, and fun place to work. If you are talented, open-minded, dedicated, and looking for a place to grow, please take a look at the positions. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Postdoctoral fellowship: Non- and minimally-invasive diffuse optical tissue monitoring

• Posted by: David Busch
• Posting date: Apr 9, 2021
• Where: University of Texas Southwestern.
• More information at:

A postdoctoral training position is available in the laboratory of David Busch at UT Southwestern Medical Center, focused on development and translation of diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopic instrumentation to monitor the central nervous system. Candidates must hold a PhD in physics, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, or a similar field.  A solid record of publication is required to demonstrate writing and technical expertise. Candidates with experience in development of fiber optic probes, diffuse optics (DCS/DOT/DOS), tissue optics, and clinical translation are preferred. Previous work in an operating theater or intensive care unit is helpful.

The fellow will be focused on translation of diffuse optics into the surgical and critical care setting. This work is performed in close collaboration with enthusiastic clinical collaborators. Current projects include non-invasive monitoring of cerebral hemodynamics during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (Prof. Lakshmi Raman, Children’s Medical Center, PI: Busch, Hartwell Foundation) and minimally invasive monitoring of the spinal cord in animal models (Prof. Thomas Floyd, UTSW, PI: Floyd, NIH U01). The fellow will be expected and encouraged to develop new lines of research, collecting pilot data for their future independent research careers, within the general themes of the lab. 

4-year PhD studentship: Measurement Criteria for Neurophysiological Measurement & Neuroadaptive Interfaces

• Posted by: S Fairclough
• Posting date: May 7, 2021
• Where: Liverpool John Moores University.
• More information at:

Neuroadaptive interfaces utilise measures from the brain and body to adapt user interfaces in an intelligent, context-aware fashion. This emerging technology has the potential to enhance operator performance by optimising information provision and mitigating undesirable psychological states. However, neuroadaptive interfaces are reliant on robust, real-time monitoring of the operator via neurophysiology and psychophysiology.

It is assumed that laboratory-grade apparatus will deliver greater sensitivity to key variables, such as mental workload in comparison to wearable sensors. However, the latter are more comfortable and have fewer implementation requirements. The primary goal of the research programme is to quantify the trade-off between sensitivity and implementation requirements during neurophysiological and psychophysiological monitoring of operator functional state.

If you wish to apply for this studentship, please prepare a 1-page statement (12-font) explaining why you are interested in this topic along with your cv and send to Professor Stephen Fairclough with the subject marked as “PhD application”. The deadline for applications is Friday 7th May 2021.

Doctoral (PhD) student position in the Research school in health science – Brain activity during motor-cognitive performance

• Posted by: Erika Franzén
• Posting date: Apr 27, 2021
• Where: Karolinska Institute.
• More information at:

The focus of Franzen’s research group is on translational research from exploring neuronal mechanisms to clinical interventions/implementation in the field of neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. Our areas of special interest are balance control, exercise, physical activity and falls in elderly and individuals with neurological diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, stroke and spinal cord injury). The doctoral student will be working in Franzen’s group where the student can exchange ideas and collaborate with other doctoral students, postdocs as well as junior and senior researchers (approx. 20 persons). The multidisciplinary project group consists of researchers with extensive expertise in different fields and from several research groups (neuroimaging, psychology). The doctoral student will have his/her main workspace at the uMOVE core facility in Solna and also at the Division of physiotherapy, NVS in Flemingsberg.

Postdoctoral Researcher at Drexler University

• Posted by: Hasan Ayaz
• Posting date: 2021
• Where: School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University.
• More information at:

Looking for highly motivated researchers with strong research background and experience/familiarity/interest in wearable neuroimaging (fNIRS,EEG), neurostimulation approaches (tDCS,rTMS), neuroergonomics research, biomedical signal processing & data analysis and/or machine learning. We have both clinical and non-clinical projects in the lab as well opportunities to collaborate with leading domain experts in diverse application areas, with both academic and industry partnerships. We are located in University City area of Philadelphia, PA, one of the first major cities in the nation and booming biomedical research and technology hub.

Student Research Fellowships – Spring 2021 at The Institute of Photonic Sciences

• Posted by: Turgut Durduran
• Posting date: 2021
• Where: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). Barcelona, Spain.
• More information at:

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences ( ) offers the opportunity to accomplish Final Degree Projects / Masters’ Theses or to participate in a research stay, fostering the students’ education and research training. The program, supported by the Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera Ignacio Cirac Program Chair @ ICFO, offers a limited number of fellowships to outstanding students from top Universities worldwide.

The program aims at an early exposure to frontier science and research, as well as at the early support of outstanding students to experience first-hand the excitement and challenges posed by research projects within the variety of research topics active at ICFO. Fellowships will be offered across all ICFO research groups in the following research topics:

  • Biophysics & Biomedical Optics
  • Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics
  • Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Physics
  • Nanophotonics, Optomechanics & Nanomechanics
  • Experimental Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
  • Theoretical Nanophotonics, Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
  • Condensed Matter Theory & Light-Matter Interactions
  • Energy storage, solar fuels and CO2 mitigation
  • Thermal photonics and infrared spectroscopy

Interested students should browse the different research group profiles available on the ICFO website,, to identify the groups that best match their interests.

Postdoctoral Position in Education and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

• Posted by: Kaja Jasinska
• Posting date: Feb 12, 2021
• Where: University of Toronto.
• More information at:

The BOLD Lab at the University of Toronto has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to research on child development. We have several ongoing projects using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study how children develop and learn in high-risk environments. Specifically, we are looking for an
individual who can contribute to two projects: (1) a tech-based literacy intervention program including a neuroimaging study of brain development and reading outcomes, and (2), large-scale RCT aimed at supporting children’s developmental and academic outcomes by reducing poverty and improving quality of education, both in Ivory Coast. Both projects involve collaboration with Dr. Amy Ogan at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Sharon Wolf at the School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Postdoctoral Associate at University at Buffalo

• Posted by: Anirban Dutta
• Posting date: December 23, 2020
• Where: Biomedical Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York.
• More information at:

One-year (can be extended) Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York. The Fellow will collaborate with researchers in the laboratories of Dr. Anirban Dutta and Dr. Lora Cavuoto from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (UB’s North Campus), and the clinic of Dr. Steven D. Schwaitzberg at the Buffalo General Hospital (Downtown Campus). The Fellow will also collaborate with researchers at the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging for Medicine, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Dr. Suvranu De).

We are seeking a motivated researcher with excellent work ethic, strong oral communication and writing skills, and a publication record consistent with career level. The applicant is expected to work independently, as well as in collaboration with other group members. Candidates with a background in neuroengineering, portable neuroimaging, and MR physics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact: Lora Cavuoto.

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: