Sports Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship

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 and refinement 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 children, adoelscents and adults with cognitive funciton such as that associated with ADHD and aging, 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) as well as opportunities for diverse industry and academic collaborations to promote professional development. The Stanford School of Medicine is ranked #4 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and had the highest NIH-funding-per-faculty ratio in the country.

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. at the start of the fellowship and have research background in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and/or functional brain imaging. Applicants with experience conducting Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) 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.

Application Materials Required - submit via email to to Reiko Riley:

Research Training for Child Psychiatry and Neurodevelopment (NIH T32)

Two - three year fellowships funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are available for researchers who seek to improve or expand their ability to conduct interdisciplinary investigation in brain and behavioral sciences and child psychiatry. Postdoctoral projects can encompass basic and/or clinical research and might include investigation into one or more of the following areas: molecular or behavioral neurogenetics, neuroimaging, neurobiology, developmental psychopathology, endophenotypes associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, new diagnostic methods, outcomes research and intervention studies. Project proposals should clearly state the interdisciplinary nature of the project. Fellows with MD or PhD degrees conduct research during the program with mentors/advisors from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences or a number of related departments or interdisciplinary programs including Pediatrics, Genetics, Psychology, Radiology and Neuroscience.

Application Materials Required - submit via email to to Reiko Riley:

  • Current CV
  • Post Doctoral Application
  • Research Statement (description on page two of the application form)
  • Three Letters of Reference


Additional Information 

Contact Information

Reiko Riley, MPH

Division Manager

Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences

401 Quarry Road, MC 5795 Stanford, CA 94305-5795

Phone : (650) 498-4538
Fax: (650) 724-4761