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Assistant Professor – Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Nov 30, 2021

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Assistant Professor – Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Full Time

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory (PILM) ( at MIT in collaboration with the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences (BCS) ( is looking to hire a tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level or higher. The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offer supportive mentorship to new faculty, an exceptional environment for scientific inquiry, and a strong commitment to an inclusive, welcoming culture. Applications from under-represented groups will be given strong consideration.

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory is broadly interested in the brain and we strongly encourage applications from creative candidates whose research includes (but is not limited to) the study of mechanisms of brain function, plasticity, development, and/or disease at the molecular, cellular, circuit and/or systems level using cutting edge neurogenetic, molecular, electrophysiological, computational, or imaging technologies. We are especially interested in researchers who can bring diverse perspectives or innovative methods.

Successful applicants are expected to develop and lead independent, internationally recognized 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 – which include cover letter; CV; statement of research and teaching interests and representative reprints; and a statement describing past and current contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a vision for future plans in these areas – online at In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. All application materials are due by midnight (EST) on December 1, 2021.

The MIT School of Science also offers a range of direct services and resources to promote the health and well-being of MIT faculty members and their families in support of work-life balance and childcare.

MIT is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.  MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

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