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 postdoctoral position. The candidate should have expertise in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and memory or aging. The candidate will receive advanced training in multi-modal imaging (fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, volumetric and surface-based analyses) in young adults, older adults, and patient populations (e.g., mild cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury). Studies will focus on examining the associations between modifiable fitness variables, memory, aging, and the brain (using MRI). The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field, and substantial experience in MRI data acquisition and analysis. Candidate should have expertise working with MRI analysis software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI, CONN, or FreeSurfer, as well as some familiarity with Bash, Python and/or MATLAB. Experience interpreting neuropsychological data, and previous work with aging or clinical populations are also desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will interact with other labs at Ohio State (e.g., the MINDSET Lab) examining memory, age 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. A minimum two-year commitment is required. Salary for qualified candidates consistent with NIH guidelines.

Submit a cover letter describing research interests and experience, current CV, and authored journal article at this link.

Full-time Research Assistant

We are not currently accepting applications for a full-time research assistant.

Desired qualifications 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 analyses; 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 email a cover letter, writing sample (research paper from course, poster presented at a conference), current CV, and course transcripts (if you do not have access to your official transcript, you can send an unofficial version instead) to our email, . 

Graduate Students

Dr. Hayes will be accepting applications for students to begin in Fall 2023. 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:

Undergraduate Students

We are not currently accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants.

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 9 hours a week for 2 back-to-back semesters (can include summers)

Ability to register for 3 credit hours for 2 semesters

Please email your resume/CV, your advising report, and a sample of your writing to .