Join The Lab

We are always excited to consider talented applicants interested in joining the lab!  We welcome inquiries from all potential Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and PostdocsStaff positions, if available, are posted and must be pursued through the MIT Human Resources Careers portal.  Below is information on how to apply to each position in the lab.

Undergraduate Students: apply here to various MIT undergraduate programs.

UROP- if you are already a MIT student or a Wellesley College student cross-registered at MIT you can join the lab through the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  There are options to work in the lab for class credit towards your degree, to work for pay, or to volunteer. It is possible to get direct funding from the UROP program, but most of the time funding is provided by the PI.  We encourage anyone interested to take a look at projects lab members are involved in to see what most interests you and to contact that person directly or email the Lab Manager.   

Visiting Student: Available to US and international Undergraduate Students. See below for admission details   

Graduate (Masters, PhD) Students: The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Program accepts 15-20 new students each year.  The BCS Grad Program, like most neuroscience PhD programs covers the cost of tuition and provides a very competitive stipend as well as health insurance throughout the duration of a student’s thesis work (typically 5-6 years).

In order to work as a PhD student in the DiCarlo lab, you must apply to, and be accepted by, a MIT PhD program.  Although Dr. DiCarlo can have students from other departments in his lab (and often does, see EECS), his appointment is in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  You can find information on how to apply on the BCS webpage.  Unfortunately Dr. DiCarlo’s schedule is simply too busy to meet all potential graduate students interested in the lab and the program.  However, if you are interested please email Lab Manager and he can add you to a rolling list of students who have expressed interest in the DiCarlo Lab specifically.     

Visiting Student: Available to US and international Graduate Students.

The Visiting Student Program is managed through the MIT International Students Office.

To be eligible, an applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education in the US (other than MIT) or abroad (the majority of students in the Visiting Student program come from abroad).

Visiting Students are invited by an MIT department or laboratory to do research for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 12 months.  We encourage any students interested in joining the lab as a Visiting Student to email the Lab Manager describing your interest in the lab, and please include a CV/resume. If we can find a suitable project with a mentor (typically a postdoc or senior grad student) and funding requirements are met the application process can proceed.  Please be aware that 90 days is needed to process the application so start/end dates need to planned well in advance.

Please note there are a number of financial requirements that must be met for all MIT Visiting Students.  We will do our best to handle these on a case by case basis, taking into account the goals, needs and opportunities of the applicant.

Postdoctoral Fellows/Associates: Please contact The DiCarlo Lab Manager to apply for a Postdoctoral appointment in the DiCarlo Lab.  Please include your motivation for joining the lab and your CV.  We will review these materials and schedule a meeting with either Lab Manager or Dr. DiCarlo.  If there is a good fit we will then ask for at least two letters of recommendation.  We strongly encourage (but do not require) all postdocs to apply for fellowships. It is an important step towards successfully starting an independent scientific career and it is a very good way to plan and begin your postdoctoral work in the lab. Please visit The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences postdoctoral webpage for more useful information.