As a first-generation college graduate, I strive to generate a culture within the B-BAL that values diversity and inclusivity. We treat one another respectfully and value your personal background, life history, and all those things that make you unique! The B-BAL prides itself on cultivating an inclusive, professional, fun, and productive environment. We have multiple positions open in the lab and look forward to welcoming folks who can challenge themselves to learn new skills and knowledge and make interesting research discoveries about aging, memory, and the brain!

–Scott Hayes, B-BAL Director

Postdoctoral Scholar

Applications are being sought for a full-time NIH-funded postdoctoral scholar. The candidate should have expertise in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, health psychology, neuroimaging, or exercise science. Studies will focus on examining individual differences (fitness, physical activity, nutrition, genetic status, etc) in memory, aging, and the brain (using MRI). The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, data science, or a closely related field, as well as experience with data analysis and scientific writing. Expertise working with MRI analysis software or Bash, Python and/or MATLAB are desired but not required. Experience in neuropsychology, health psychology, or exercise science are also desirable but not required. The postdoctoral fellow will interact with other labs at Ohio State (e.g., the MINDSET Lab) examining memory, age, TBI and Alzheimer’s disease-related changes in cognition and the brain and will be part of a rich and stimulating intellectual environment. The candidate should have a keen interest in developing an independent research career. The starting date is flexible. Salary for qualified candidates will be consistent with NIH guidelines and experience.

Email a cover letter describing research interests and experience, current CV, and authored journal article to

Graduate Students

Dr. Hayes will be accepting applications for students to begin in Fall 2025. Dr. Hayes accepts doctoral students from the clinical and cognitive neuroscience program (program overview). Students with interests in one or a combination of the following may be a good fit for the lab: memory, structural MRI, functional MRI (fMRI), aging, neurodegenerative disease, and health factors (aerobic fitness, strength, mobility). Check out our publications page to learn more about our research.

If you want to know more about what life is like in Columbus and at Ohio State University, check out this video from Jessica, a current B-BAL grad student, to learn more:


Full-Time Research Assistant (not currently accepting applications)

Applications are not currently being sought for a full-time research assistant. Desired qualifications for this position include: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, or physics; Additional desired (but not required) skills: programming experience in Bash, Python, and/or Matlab, as well as experience in neuroimaging data analysis; knowledge of software packages, such as FreeSurfer, FSL, AFNI, SPM, CONN R. The position is available for one year with the possibility of extension for additional years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

If you are interested in being considered for the position, please submit a cover letter, current CV, course transcripts, and a writing sample (research paper from course, poster presented at a conference) as a single pdf file to

Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in working as a team member in the B-BAL for course credit, please send us an email according to the instructions below. Duties may include testing participants, assisting with website design and social media, community outreach, programming in Bash, R, and MATLAB, data entry and verification, reading papers, and presenting at lab meetings. If these sound like opportunities that would benefit your academic development, fill out the application below.


  • > 3.5 GPA
  • Ability to commit for 10 hours a week for 4 semesters (summers can count as a semester)
  • Ability to register for 3 credit hours for 2 semesters

Please email a cover letter describing your interests in the BBAL, a resume/CV, your advising report, and a sample of your writing to .