The mission of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) is to reverse engineer the human mind. To do that we delve deeply into the mechanisms of the brain at all levels — from molecules to synapses to neurons to circuits to algorithms to human behavior and cognition, we build links between those levels, and we train the next generation of scientific leaders. The department is rooted in a tradition of intensive academics and research, where rigorous coursework is coupled with hands-on, collaborative research. If you would like to play a part in this stimulating and challenging environment, please apply at the links below.

Federico Chiavazza
BCS HR Administrator


Faculty positions

The Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences (BCS) (http://bcs.mit.edu), in collaboration with The McGovern Institute for Brain Research (MIBR) and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory (PILM) at MIT are looking to hire multiple tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level or higher. Affiliations with The Broad Institute may be possible. We are most excited about candidates who work in one or more of the following two areas:

  1. Computational approaches to neuroscience and cognition. Possible areas of focus include but are not limited to: computational modeling of neural circuits, of neural population representations and transformations; and/or of human cognitive processes. Candidates that aim to build bridges across different empirical levels of analysis are especially attractive. Affiliations with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), The MIT Quest for Intelligence or other allied units are possible.
  2. Neuroscience in either humans or other animal models, especially if the candidate's work (1) bridges levels using a variety of tools and/or has relevance for understanding the neural basis of brain disorders or (2) studies function or plasticity of neuronal circuits at the cellular, circuit, and/or systems levels using a multi-faceted approach combining different methodologies and levels of analysis. Candidates with an interest in the study of mechanisms underlying high-level cognitive function, aging, or disease are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants are expected to develop and lead independent, internationally competitive research programs and to share in our commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education by teaching courses and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. PhD must be completed by start day of employment and some postdoctoral training is preferred.

Please submit application materials – cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests and representative reprints – online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11534. To help direct the application, applicants should indicate which of the areas listed above is their main research area by selecting from the drop-down list included in the application. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. All application materials are due by midnight (EST) on October 31, 2018.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Staff, research, and postdoctoral positions

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is currently seeking a part-time temporary (MITemp) Unity Environment Artist. The candidate will participate in the development of an interactive, audio-visual simulation environement using state-of-the-art video game technology. A detailed job description, applicaiton requirements and submission process can be found (HERE).


The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is currently seeking a part-time temporary (MITemp) Video Production Intern. The candidate will be a multimedia content generator that produces video and photo content for BCS social media channels. A detailed job description, applicaiton requirements and submission process can be found (HERE).

For a list of all other postdoc, staff, and research positions currently being advertised, navigate to the MIT Career page.

HR resources for MIT employees

MIT Benefits: http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits
Employee Assistance Program (MyLife Services): http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/mitmylifeservices
Accommodations for Disabled Employees: http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits/accommodations
MIT Work-Life Center: http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/welcome
Job & career development: http://hrweb.mit.edu/hr-top-level/jobs-careers