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.

Kate White
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.  We strongly encourage applications from all areas, but we are most excited about candidates who work in either of the following two:
I. Computational approaches to understanding intelligence. We are interested in candidates that seek an understanding of natural intelligence by building artificially intelligent systems that take into account neuroscience and cognitive science constraints. We seek candidates with a diverse range of computational tools and methods, including (but not limited to) machine learning, computer vision, robotics, probabilistic modeling, dynamical systems, planning, programming languages, and natural language processing. Candidates from computer science, engineering or related backgrounds that seek to develop collaborations with neuroscientists and cognitive scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. We anticipate that these positions will have affiliations with the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) and/or other allied units.  

II. Cellular and systems neuroscience in animal models. We are interested in candidates that study the mechanisms of neuronal and brain function, plasticity and/or development at the molecular, cellular, circuit and/or systems level using cutting edge neurogenetic, molecular, electrophysiological or imaging technologies. Candidates with an interest in mechanisms underlying brain disorders or aging are particularly attractive.  Affiliation with the Broad Institute is possible.

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/14277. To help direct the application, applicants should indicate which of the two 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, 2019.

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

BCS is recruiting for a Computational Course Co-Instructor and Education Support Coordinator; a PhD-level applicant in neuroscience, bioengineering, or computational cognitive science who can support the development and instruction of computational courses (85% time) and can also provide assistance to the department as a whole in enhancing and evaluating the quality of our undergraduate course offerings (15% time). Click here to apply.

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

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