Skip to main content


Postdoctoral Research Positions

The Department offers a wealth of opportunities for postdoctoral research in the wide range of scientific disciplines represented in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences. The centrality of the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences among associated programs in Visual Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Neuroscience represented in the University makes the department a particularly attractive place for interdisciplinary research. Postdoctoral fellows often work with more than one member of faculty.

Admission and Support

Scientists interested in postdoctoral study should in the first instance contact the faculty member (or members) with whom they might wish to work. Postdoctoral fellows are supported from a variety of sources: some receive support through individual investigator's research grants; some receive stipends from training grants held by members of the Department; some are supported by individual fellowships.

Open Positions

Updated 12/06/2021

Cluster Hiring of Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Science and Neuroscience of the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is advertising for a cluster hire of postdoctoral fellowships across a collection of laboratories in the Departments of Neuroscience and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We anticipate offering up to 10 postdoctoral slots across labs engaged in pioneering research using state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods (e.g., 2-photon imaging and optogenetics in rodents and non-human primates, higher-density single unit recordings, and others).

The University of Rochester offers highly competitive postdoctoral stipends, with added financial and career development benefits. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in world-leading experimental labs. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in many professional development events for neuroscience, and engage in numerous diversity enhancement efforts directed by the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Commission.

Visit this page for more details and the link to the application.

Updated 10/05/2021

A postdoctoral position is available in the Active Perception Laboratory at the University of Rochester

The APLab is a dynamic multidisciplinary research group focused on understanding vision as an integrated sensorimotor process. Approaches include advanced technologies for gaze-contingent display that enable controlled retinal stimulation and perturbation of the visuomotor cycle, computational modeling of the early visual pathways, and human electrophysiology. The laboratory is equipped with a unique combination of facilities (several developed in-house) for high-resolution recording of head and eye movements, real-time control of the visual flow on the retina during eye movements, retinal imaging, virtual reality, and EEG measurements. For reviews of our work please see: Rucci et al, Trends in Cognitive Science 2018 (PDF), Rucci & Poletti (PDF), Annual Review of Vision Science 2015 (PDF), and Rucci & Victor, Trends in Neuroscience, 2015 (PDF). View the full list of our publications.

This position is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Victor at Cornell University and centers on the impact of eye movements on visual functions. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with experience in vision science and data analysis and the ability to work well in a team. A quantitative background and demonstrated interest in applying quantitative methods to neuroscience is preferable. Experience with signal processing, C++, computer graphics, and real-time control is a plus.

The Active Perception Laboratory is part of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, a center with a long history of fundamental accomplishments in vision science. CVS is composed by more than 35 research laboratories creating a vibrant and highly collaborative scientific community.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and names of two references to Michele Rucci and Jonathan Victor.

Updated 01/03/2022

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience

A postdoctoral position in Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience is available in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Snyder at the University of Rochester. The NIH-funded research program uses neuronal population recordings and non-invasive electrophysiology (EEG/tDCS) to investigate the neurocomputational mechanisms of vision and attention in non-human primates. In addition to research opportunity, the fellowship will provide comprehensive and interdisciplinary training to prepare the fellow for a successful career as an independent scientist. The laboratory is situated in a collaborative and interdisciplinary neuroscience community at the University of Rochester affiliated with the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Neuroscience, and the Center for Visual Science.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field, and have experience or a dedicated interest in neurophysiology and research involving non-human primates. Candidates should have a strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proficiency in quantitative analysis, statistics, and programming. Please email a description of research experience and goals, a CV including publications, and the names and contact information of 3 references directly to Dr. Adam Snyder at

The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visual Science

Please visit the positions available page on the Center for Visual Science website for more information on postdoctoral opportunities in vision science.

Applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially welcome. The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Related Resources