Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (fNIRS)

Posted September 2022

A postdoctoral research fellowship is available in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

The Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences is now recruiting applicants with expertise in functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for a postdoctoral fellowship. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong computational skills who seek to contribute to the field of Interaction Neuroscience using fNIRS hyperscanning techniques, advanced computational and statistical techniques, and rigorous experimental paradigms. Interaction Neuroscience particularly focuses on obtaining and measuring correlated brain signals from two or more individuals engaged in a variety of structured and naturalistic tasks/activities. Both basic and clinically relevant research areas will be emphasized. Qualified applicants will already have training in one or more of the following areas: psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science and related fields.

The selected postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of the program’s principal investigator (Allan L. Reiss, M.D., Professor) who will help to define, enhance and monitor the trainee’s research activities and career trajectory. The postdoctoral fellow will also be offered the opportunity to attend didactic courses and activities (e.g., workshops on research methods and grant writing, journal club and career lunches) to promote professional development.

The PI has an outstanding success rate for training postdoctoral fellows who go on to become highly productive independent researchers. Creative, energetic and dedicated candidates are particularly encouraged to apply, as are candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education.

The application deadline is ongoing. Applicants will have a PhD and/or MD (which must be completed at the time training begins). Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for funding from a NIH T32 award. Commitment to the goals of the content area and strong academic and research credentials are important criteria used in the selection process. For additional information on application procedures, please send your CV and a cover letter to Professor Allan Reiss, c/o Ms. Lucia Gutierrez (  

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 Lucia Gutierrez:

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


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