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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.

PhD position at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

• Posted by: Amelia Young
• Posting date: Mar 18, 2022
• Where: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin
• More information at: English: shorturl.at/fkuBW Deutsch: shorturl.at/fsDJX

PTB’s Department 8.3, Biomedical Optics, is looking for a candidate to fill a PhD position at their Berlin-Charlottenburg site from 1 May 2022 for a fixed term of three years.

The work includes research into functional near-infrared spectroscopy and the oximetry of the human brain. Within the scope of a joint project with NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH Berlin (which develops wearable systems for near-infrared spectroscopy of the brain), we are developing and adjusting innovative analytical and investigative methods to determine the concentrations of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin in the human brain.

Two NIRx Scientific Consultants

• Posted by: Amelia Young
• Posting date: Mar 18, 2022
• Where: NIRx, Berlin (Germany) and Orlando (USA)
• More information at: https://nirx.jobs.personio.de/job/623590?display=en

Berlin team: Must hold a valid EU passport or valid EU visa and work permit to be able to live and work in Berlin, Germany
Orlando team: Must work and be based in the USA and hold a Passport for possible international travel (US Green Card holder or US Citizen)

Are you a passionate neuroscience researcher who is looking for an industry role? Have you taken a research project from planning stages through acquiring, analyzing and then publishing the data? Are you a great communicator and want to move the field of neuroscience forward? If this sounds like you, then joining our team as a Scientific Consultant will be a highly fulfilling role.

  • Develop an expert understanding of fNIRS technology. Stay well-read on fNIRS based and related research as well as methods and technology developments.
  • Consult scientists on the best solution for their research questions. This requires understanding their research goals and the latest technology developments and considerations for their field.
  • Interact with leading researchers in child/neurodevelopment, neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, sport-scientists, medical researchers and more.
  • Build strong relationships within the research community, and lead customer-oriented handling of sales requests, utilising communication via email, phone, conference calls / online sessions.
  • Travel to research hubs to provide demonstrations, workshops, and training. Engage with researcher and our partners at conferences (like SfN, OHBM, CNS, SfNIRS, etc.)
  • Work together with an awesome team! This role involves interfacing with scientists, engineers, project managers, grant writers and many others.
  • Act as voice-of-the-customer to the rest of NIRx.

Key Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, or related field.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the acquisition and analysis of physiological signals. Ideally, previous experience with fNIRS, EEG, and/or fMRI.
  • Excellent English skills, oral and written.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are crucial for excelling at this role.
  • Organised team player, with a love for science.
  • Willingness to travel (25-35% of the time).
  • Considered a Plus:
  • Previous experience in the neuroscience field (either within a company or university lab)
  • Extensive knowledge in fNIRS data analysis or successful publication of fNIRS data.
  • Practical experience with the complete setup and preparation of subjects/patients for measurement of physiological signals.
  • Experienced in public speaking. Ability to present to large audiences, in person or remotely

NIRx is a quickly growing neuroscience research solution company with more than 20 years of experience. With our dynamic and highly international team of 50+ talents in Berlin, New York & Orlando, we invent, design, and build cutting-edge neuroimaging instruments. Together with our distributors we consult and support top researchers worldwide with our products and expertise.

Postdoctoral fellow in object perception, hearing impairment and neuroimaging

• Posted by: David McAlpine
• Posting date: Feb 20, 2022
• Where: Macquarie University, Sydney
• More information at: N/A

Macquarie University, Sydney in collaboration with Eriksholm Research Center, Denmark, and the William Demant Foundation, is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow to investigate now the auditory brain represents objects that emerge from backgrounds, including how the perception and neural representation of auditory objects varies in listeners with hearing impairment. This project is part of a broader international collaboration led by Professor David McAlpine and Dr Hamish Innes-Brown that will provide the applicant with extensive opportunities to engage in impactful industry-linked research, including with hearing-aid users at Eriksholm Research Center. The project has a three-year time frame and includes comprehensive behavioural and neuroimaging (fNIRS and EEG) data acquisition and analysis.
Individuals with a background in neuroscience, hearing, speech, and cognitive science are encouraged to apply. Experience with data acquisition and neuroimaging methods is preferred. A research doctorate is required. The project is fully funded for three years and will be administered through Macquarie University, based at the Australian Hearing Hub. Please contact david.mcalpine@mq.edu.au for further enquiries.

Post-doc Position: TinyBrains project. Multimodal (fNIRS-EEG) Analysis Of Brain Function

• Posted by: Fabrice Wallois
• Posting date: Jan 14, 2022
• Where: Amiens, France
• More information at: https://gramfc.u-picardie.fr/

Hypoxic-ischemia is a brain dysfunction that occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen or blood flow for some time. It plays a major role in more than 50% of the cases of neonatal and infant encephalopathy, first in newborns and later in infants. While researchers know of its importance, it is still unclear to what extent and when it can occur. Determining the duration, severity and particular moment of occurrence of hypoxic-ischemia is very important. We will address this by focusing on a condition known as congenital heart defects (CHD), which are the most common birth defects. TinyBrains is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative 4-year project, funded by the European Union, with six institutions in three different countries. TinyBrains (https://tinybrains.eu/) will:

  • Build a novel research tool focused on cutting-edge research for preventing brain injury in the newborns and infants.
  • Use two photonic technologies to measure the duration, severity, and location of the hypoxic-ischemia in newborns with congenital heart defects.
  • Improve the understanding of the cellular origin of these neurodevelopmental problems, by helping to analyze the link between energy demand and oxygen supply, in pre-clinical and clinical studies.

2 Postdoc Positions: Early development of auditory temporal processing: BabyMusic

• Posted by: Fabrice Wallois
• Posting date: Jan 14, 2022
• Where: Amiens, France and Hamilton, Canada
• More information at: https://gramfc.u-picardie.fr/

Two postdoctoral research positions are available in the framework of the International collaborative research
project between France and Canada, BabyMusic, funded by la fondation pour l’audition. This project which is
based on a bimodal neuroimaging approach (high resolution electroencephalography and high density
functional near-infrared spectroscopy), aims to investigate the capacities related to auditory rhythm perception
during very early neurodevelopment starting from premature neonates to infants during the first year of life.
The Post-doctoral researchers will be welcomed at McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (directed by
Prof. Laurel Trainor), Hamilton, Canada, and at INSERM U1105, Groupe de Recherches sur l’Analyse
Multimodale de la Fonction Cérébrale (directed by Prof. Fabrice Wallois), Amiens, France. The successful
candidates will be working in committed, interdisciplinary teams in Canada and France with many years of
internationally renowned expertise in cognitive and developmental neuroscience, neurocognition of music, and
clinical care of neonates. The post-doctoral fellows will be working in collaboration with both laboratories in
France and Canada, and joining two groups of researchers, graduate students, and postdocs, while having the
majority of the research conducted in one of the laboratories.

Fully funded PhD Scholarship in Computational Metabovascular Optical Neuroimaging

• Posted by: Felipe Orihuela-Espina
• Posting date: Dec 23, 2021
• Where: Birmingham, UK
• More information at: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/computational-metabovascular-optical-neuroimaging/?p139857

This project intends to develop a feasible combined bNIRS-TR-DCS prototype of mvNIRS device that combines different modalities of NIRS necessary to afford concomitant metabolic and vascular measurements by means of broadband spectroscopic NIRS (bNIRS) and blood flow measurements by means of time-resolved diffuse correlation spectroscopy (TR-DCS) related measurements. Further, it intends for the solution to be smart e.g. AI-based, to support constrained medical expertise and low cost so that it is deployable to less-developed rural environments.

Eligibility: Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Felipe Orihuela-Espina ( f.orihuela-espina@bham.ac.uk ).

Senior Research Scientist (Optical Engineering)

• Posted by: Daniel Wiese
• Posting date: Oct 15, 2021
• Where: WHOOP, MA, USA
• More information at: https://jobs.lever.co/whoop/75870b80-93bf-4252-8a45-2f087b3d02c7

At WHOOP, we’re on a mission to unlock human performance. WHOOP empowers members (Olympians, Professional Athletes, Fitness Enthusiasts, etc.) to perform at a higher level through a deeper understanding of their bodies and daily lives. We’re looking for a Senior Research Scientist who is excited to work with physiological data and can help us identify and evaluate cutting edge sensor technologies and find ways to leverage the data they produce to provide value to our members.

As a Senior Research Scientist on the R&D team, you’ll help develop the next generation of optical sensing technology. You’ll work at the intersection of hardware, software, and analytics to design the optical sensors that power the WHOOP product. You’ll leverage simulations to inform sensor design and collaborate with engineering in the construction of prototypes. You’ll help analyze the collected data in an iterative process to inform further sensor designs. You’ll formalize, document, and refine your learnings in the process of filing valuable patents and creating intellectual property. Your efforts will ultimately aid in the deployment of cutting-edge technology to the marketplace, helping our members live healthier and happier lives.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Neuroimaging (fNIRS and MRI)

• Posted by: Hadi Hosseini
• Posting date: Oct 3, 2021
• Where: Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, CA, USA
• More information at: http://cbrain.stanford.edu/Opportunities.html

A postdoctoral position is available in the C-BRAIN Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University focusing on advanced data driven approaches for integrating multi-modalmulti-session data including neuroimaging (MRI and wearable fNIRS), behavioral, endo-immune, genetics, and VR measurements to decode heterogeneity in neural and treatment response across mental illnesses. We are specifically looking for candidates with experience in fNIRS data collection and analysis, advanced multimodal data analysis and/or computational modeling, and familiarity with MR imaging analysis. The postdoctoral fellow may participate in collecting and analyzing multimodal neuroimaging data, mentor students and research assistants, prepare manuscripts for publication, and assist with grant applications.


  • PhD (or MD) or equivalent in neuroscience, computer science, psychology, statistics, physics, engineering or a related field.
  • Experience with fNIRS data analysis packages (HOMER, NIRS Toolbox, etc.).
  • Experience with scripting/programming languages (Matlab, Python, R, etc.)
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated by peer reviewed publications.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with MRI data analysis (fMRI, dMRI, qMRI, etc.)
  • Familiarity with multimodal data analyses and modeling, advanced machine learning techniques, multivariate statistics and cloud computing is a plus.

To apply: Please send your CV and representative publications to Dr. Hadi Hosseini at study_brain@stanford.edu.

Post-doctoral positions available at the frontier of high fidelity optical imaging of human brain function

• Posted by: Adam Eggebrecht
• Posting date: Oct 1, 2021
• Where: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
• More information at: https://sites.wustl.edu/eggebrechtlab/

We are currently filling two funded Postdoctoral positions in our lab. We are a diverse and interdisciplinary group of physicists, engineers, and neuroscientists working towards developing next generation high density diffuse optical tomography methods to map human brain function. We have multiple funded opportunities for postdoctoral candidates, including (1) to map brain function throughout early childhood development (birth through age four years as well as 4-17 years) in children at risk for or with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, (2) bedside neuromonitoring of infants in acute care settings including surgery and infants with congenital heart defects who are on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), (3) developing multi-modal hardware and algorithms in Matlab/Python for next generation acquisition, modeling, and analyses of anatomical and functional neuroimaging (both optical and MRI). Please feel free to contact me at aeggebre@wustl.edu for more information or to discuss the opportunities.