Brain & Cognitive Sciences Faculty Position 2021


The Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences (, in collaboration with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, and the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT, is looking to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level or higher. The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers supportive mentorship to new faculty, an exceptional environment for scientific inquiry, and a strong commitment to an inclusive, welcoming culture. Applications from under-represented minorities will be given our highest consideration. 


We encourage applications from candidates who aim to understand natural intelligence by building artificially intelligent systems. We seek candidates with a diverse range of computational tools and methods, including (but not limited to) machine learning, computer vision, robotics, probabilistic modeling, dynamical systems, planning, programming languages, and natural language processing. Candidates from computer science, engineering or related backgrounds that seek to develop collaborations with neuroscientists and cognitive scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. This position will have an affiliation with the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and the MIT EECS department.


Successful applicants are expected to develop and lead independent, internationally competitive 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 – cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests and representative reprints – online at In addition, candidates should provide a statement regarding their views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans for the future in these areas.


To help direct the application, applicants should select “computational approaches to understanding intelligence” from the drop-down list on the application web page. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. All application materials are due by midnight (EST) on December 1, 2020.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 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.