Postdoc position available in our lab at Stanford

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Our lab is hiring a “sports neuroscience postdoc”. See the detail below. If you are interested, please contact Reiko Riley (mentioning that you heard about this position from Xu’s blog):


A sports neuroscience postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences (CIBSR), Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, to study the neurobiology of cycling-based exercise using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop and contribute to an innovative project in sports neuroscience, investigating the contribution of cycling exercise to brain function and cognition. The fellow will be involved in the development of a cycling exercise program protocol, brain-computer interfaces and computational methods to process and analyze data across multiple scientific levels. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to investigate whether cycling exercise can be used as a tool to improve attention in individuals with cognitive dysfunction such as ADHD, and the utility and feasibility of biometric tools to complement fNIRS. The trainee accepted into the program will work collaboratively with a program mentor (or mentors), who will help to define, enhance and monitor the trainee’s research program and career trajectory. The CIBSR team dedicated to fNIRS research includes Drs. Allan Reiss (CIBSR Director, Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry), Hadi Hosseini and Ning Liu (Bioengineering), Jennifer Bruno (Developmental Neuropsychology), Manish Saggar and Xu Cui (Computational Neuroscience), and Joseph Baker (Experimental Psychology). The training program also offers didactic courses and activities (e.g., journal club and career lunches) as well as opportunities for diverse industry and academic collaborations to promote professional development. The Stanford School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, with the highest NIH-funding-per-faculty ratio in the United States.

Requirements: M.D. or Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, physics, psychology, kinesiology or a related/relevant field. Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and/or functional brain imaging. Applicants with experience conducting Near Infrared Spectroscopy studies and data analysis procedures will receive preference. Experience in sports neuroscience is also a plus. Responsibilities will include manuscript preparation and grant preparation. The successful applicant will have well-developed problem solving skills, be able to manage several projects simultaneously, lead and mentor students and research assistants, have excellent computing as well as verbal and written English skills, and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and giving scientific presentations.

Application Materials Required – submit via email to our training coordinator Reiko Riley (

Current CV
Post Doctoral Application (link:
Research Statement (description on page 2 of the application form below)
2 – 3 Letters of Reference

Official announcement link:


断断续续下围棋已经很多年了。小学的时候就开始接触,也没人教,全自学。水平业余低级水平,在OGS上是4级。下围棋纯属休闲娱乐。赢了很高兴,输了有时候气得我把鼠标都拍坏了。下围棋确实很耽误时间,一盘至少半个小时一个小时的,因此很长一段也没下了。最近和好友尚伟峰在OGS上下了几盘,我就又棋瘾上来了。今天下了三盘,录了下来,算是个记录吧。 第一盘的对手是人,水平和我一样,4级。一开始他吃了我一条龙,领先80目,后来我竟然翻盘了。中间两个人多次都出现失误,他的一块棋是死期我竟然看不见。不管怎样,快结束时把他的角杀了,他就投子认输了。视频如下(在youtube): 第二、三盘的对手是人工智能,水平比我高到天上去了。我就厚脸皮选择被让11个子。如果系统允许让18子我肯定会选择18子的。和人工智能下棋,我的策略就是忍辱负重,保证棋是活的,不能一块棋一不小心被吃。如果一条大龙被吃,就完了。我发现OGS上的人工智能下围棋有下面的特点: 东一榔头西一棒槌(频繁脱先)。你跟着他走一会儿都晕了 对中腹把握能力强。一不小心就被它围出个大肚皮 杀伤力强。如果不在意,可能一条大龙就被杀了 落子速度快,一秒钟就落一个子。这么快的落子我就不由自主也下得快,失误就多。 第二盘棋我不小心一块棋就死了,不过还好,其它地方损失不大,因此赢了。第三盘也赢了。下面是视频 (在youtube):
Xu Cui
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今天看蔡志忠在一席的讲座,感觉非常有意思。他说他四岁半的时候就知道这辈子要画画了。我想我四十了还不是很确定,这个差距实在有点大。在台上,蔡志忠好像有些内向,但是说的话却又无比自信。他是一个漫画家,但是他又是个哲学家,同时又花了十年时间钻研物理和数学。他很有钱,但是又极为简朴,每天才花30块。他六十几岁还每天工作十几个小时,但是他不觉得这是“努力”。他早已经和画天人合一了。或许,他就是一个入世的人能达到的最高境界? 下面是他讲座的一些话: 人生其实很简单,只要你找寻自己最喜欢最拿手的事,把它做到极致,无论做什么,没有不成功的。 然后,每次要做得比上次快、上次好。 然后,进入第三个阶段,身心合一、排除一切。 第四,发现人生最大的秘密:原来完成事务不是工作,而是人生最大的享受。 努力是没有用的。人生不是走斜坡,你这样持续走就可以走到巅峰;人生像走阶梯,每一阶有每一阶的难点。你没有客服难点,再怎么努力都是原地跳。当你客服难点跳上去,就不会下来了。 Youtube: Youku:
Xu Cui
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2 Replies to “Postdoc position available in our lab at Stanford”

  1. Hi Dr.Cui, I am a PHD student from University of Houston. I have been working on the assessment of brain motor function by using fNIRS for about a half year. This is my second year here, but I am thinking about to reapply for another PhD program in a better fNIRS group because currently our lab lacks of support for a fNIRS study. So is your lab recruiting graduate student or providing any opportunity for the students like me? Thank you.

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