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Postdoctoral Position in Neurobiology of Cycling-Based Exercise at Stanford

An exciting sports neuroscience postdoctoral position  is available in the Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, to study the neurobiology of cycling-based exercise using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop and contribute to an innovative project in sports neuroscience, investigating the contribution of cycling exercise to brain function and cognition. The fellow will be involved in the development of a cycling exercise program protocol, brain-computer interfaces and computational methods to process and analyze data across multiple scientific levels. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to investigate whether cycling exercise can be used as a tool to improve attention in individuals with cognitive dysfunction such as ADHD, and the utility and feasibility of biometric tools to complement fNIRS. The trainee accepted into the program will work collaboratively with a program mentor (or mentors), who will help to define, enhance and monitor the trainee’s research program and career trajectory. The training program also offers didactic courses and activities (e.g., journal club and career lunches) to promote professional development.

Requirements: M.D. or Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, physics, psychology, kinesiology or a related/relevant field. Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and/or functional brain imaging. Applicants with experience conducting Near Infrared Spectroscopy studies and data analysis procedures will receive preference. Experience in sports neuroscience is also a plus. Responsibilities will include manuscript preparation and grant preparation. The successful applicant will have well-developed problem solving skills, be able to manage several projects simultaneously, lead and mentor students and research assistants, have excellent computing as well as verbal and written English skills, and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and giving scientific presentations.

The application deadline is ongoing, however we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. Commitment to the goals of the program, strong academic and research credentials, and an interest in teaching and mentoring will be important criteria used in the selection process.  For additional information on the program and application procedures, please visit our website at or contact Ms. Reiko Riley, the Program Administrator.


Allan L. Reiss
Allan L. Reiss, M.D.
Robbins Professor and Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Radiology and of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA  94305-5795

Phone: 650-498-4952
Assistant: 650-498-4538
Fax: 650-724-4761