Student Programs and Employment Positions



This page provides information about types of positions within the McGovern Institute as well as links to specific student programs and other resources. For a list of available positions, visit the MIT Human Resources website and enter "McGovern Institute" into the "Search by Keyword" box. 

Undergraduate students

The main focus for undergraduate neuroscience education at MIT is course 9, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. There are also many opportunities for undergrads from other departments to work in McGovern labs, for example through the MIT undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP).

Graduate students

The McGovern Institute does not operate its own graduate program. Instead, graduate students within the Institute must enroll in one of the departmental or interdepartmental graduate programs at MIT. The majority of graduate students within McGovern Institute are enrolled in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) graduate program.

In 2009, MIT established a graduate program in molecular and cellular neuroscience, which admits students from either the BCS or the Biology graduate programs. Some McGovern faculty members have appointments in other departments other than BCS, and students in these labs can also be enrolled in other departmental programs, including Biology, Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the MIT Media Lab, and Nuclear Science and Engineering, or in interdepartmental graduate programs such as Health Sciences and Technology or Computational and Systems Biology.

Learn more about these and other MIT graduate programs>>

Postdoctoral researchers

There is no central application process for postdoctoral researchers at MIT. Potential applicants should identify the faculty member(s) in whose lab they wish to work and contact that person directly.

Postdoctoral research positions are posted on the MIT Human Resources website.

Learn more about postdoctoral life at MIT>>

Faculty positions

Faculty searches are posted on Academic Jobs online and are advertised through a variety of channels including professional scientific journals and the MIT Human Resources website.

Other research and administrative positions

Openings for scientific and administrative staff positions are posted on the MIT Human Resources website.

International researchers

Prospective international students should refer to the MIT International Students Office (ISO). Postdocs and other international researchers should refer to the International Scholars Office.

Visit the MIT Policies and Procedures website to learn more about general MIT policies for academic research appointments including temporary visiting appointments.

Internships and Outreach

Information about internships and outreach programs at MIT may be found on the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences website.

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