Job Opportunities

The following job opportunities are currently available.

Full-Time Positions

Research Director

The Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Director of Scientific Research. This is an exciting opportunity to manage and contribute to research in cognitive neuroscience, including brain imaging studies of cognitive function and dysfunction, typical and atypical cognitive development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and computational methods and modeling. The Director of Scientific Research will assist the Principal Investigator to achieve the goals and objectives of funded research studies and provide leadership and general management of all operations and supervision/facilitation of all day-to-day research operations of the lab and staff activities on funded research projects ranging from study and protocol design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing, and dissemination. The successful candidate will also oversee coordinate, and contribute to the development, writing, and submission of new grant proposals.

A full job description can be found here.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter describing qualifications for the position to

Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

The Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in developmental cognitive neuroscience. We seek candidates with strong research backgrounds to work on NIH-funded projects combining multimodal brain imaging (fMRI, MRI, DTI) with cognitive modeling and advanced computational brain network analyses in one or more of the following areas: learning and memory, numerical cognition and reading, cognitive training, and brain network development. Populations of interest include typically developing children and adults, children with learning disabilities, and individuals with autism. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program that contributes to, and complements, ongoing research studies of typical and atypical neurocognitive development. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities and computational resources at Stanford University. Candidates must have a PhD and research experience in cognitive neuroscience, brain development, cognitive science, psychology, or related fields. Strong computational skills and expertise in fMRI data analysis are highly desirable. Please email a CV, statement of research interests, relevant background, list of publications, and have three letters of reference sent to Drs. Vinod Menon and Aarthi Padmanabhan at

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Modeling of Brain Networks

The Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in computational modeling of human brain imaging data using deep neural networks. The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project that seeks to develop novel computational frameworks for robust identification of neurobiological signatures of psychiatric and neurological disorders combining deep learning and convolution networks and dynamic brain circuit analyses with task and resting-state fMRI. Clinical disorders currently under investigation include autism, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease. We seek talented and highly-motivated individuals with a strong background in at least one of these areas: deep learning algorithms and optimization (theory and practical implementations); computational modeling, statistical inference, and machine learning, especially as applied to fMRI and MRI data. The candidate will have access to multiple large datasets and state-of-the-art computational resources, including HPCs and GPGPUs. Please email a CV, statement of research interests and relevant background, and have three letters of reference sent to Drs. Vinod Menon and Aarthi Padmanabhan at

Part-Time Staff Positions

Part-Time Scan Technician

The Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Lab (SCSNL) is seeking a part-time scan technician to assist in the administration of MRI scans of participants for multiple concurrent child development studies. The successful candidates will learn about the specific studies and contribute to the acquisition of critical data while developing valuable interpersonal skills that will prove beneficial to a future career in healthcare.

Duties include:

  1. Learning and administering up to 7 different protocols.
  2. Working closely with children and parents to ensure participant comfort in the scanner.
  3. Working closely with research assitants to adequately complete the scan in the given time.
  4. Arriving on time to scan and acting in a professional and appropriate manner.

Please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to


At least some experience with psychology or neuroscience and an interest in the field. Experience withy children is also recommended. A general understanding of scientific theory and methods. General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs. Strong analytic skills and excellent judgment. Ability to work under minimal guidance and supervision. Excellent organization skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with human study participants. Developing supervisory skills. Must be able to commit to 1 year.