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) at MIT is looking to hire multiple tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level. Affiliations with the Picower Institute for Learning & Memory and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research are 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: statistical analysis of neural data and neural signal processing; computational modeling of neural circuits, of neural population representations and transformations; and/or of human cognitive processes. Candidates with the ability to build bridges across empirical domains are especially attractive. An affiliation with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), or other allied departments is possible. The Department aims to make multiple hires in this area.


  1. Cognitive neuroscience in humans and/or non-human primates. The ideal candidate would be conducting research that informs our understanding of cognition while bridging levels of analysis and using multiple methods, e.g. ECoG, fMRI, electrophysiology, MEG, computational modeling, genetics and reverse engineering approaches. 

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/9422. Please state research area in cover letter. 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, 2017.

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 Computational and Machine Learning Specialist to to help tackle challenging problems in high-performance computing methods and systems, machine learning, management of large datasets, and artificial intelligence. Please visit the Careers Across MIT's website to apply.

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