Full Time
Posted 1 month ago

atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative treatments and processes to treat mental health disorders for everyone, everywhere. We operate a decentralized model whereby atai incubates, acquires, and supports individual platform companies by providing them strategic and operational functions centrally, allowing our platform companies to stay lean and agile in their clinical pursuits, whilst also being able to leverage the expertise of a multibillion-dollar global biotechnology company. Atai is pursuing a world-first strategy to deploy our clinical compounds alongside a clinically validated digital ecosystem which aims utilizes cutting edge technology, clinical protocol, human-interaction psychology, and data science to enhance the clinical efficacy and engagement of our compounds.

atai is seeking an experienced computational or cognitive neuroscientist to join our R&D team. The candidate will have expertise in clinical electroencephalography (EEG), and ideally also functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) experience, coupled with excellent analytical and computational skillset to explore dynamic neural network analyses. This neural network data will allow the investigation of complex cognitive systems to evaluate and optimize therapy administration. This role is for someone who is eager to apply their academically developed skillsets to help create scalable solutions that will make an impact on the future of how mental health conditions are treated. If you’re looking for an early stage company with an exciting technology and conducting cutting-edge scientific research, where you have the opportunity to make a difference for patients around the world then atai is a great fit.

Who you are:

  • You have a demonstrated ability to attend to multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment without losing focus of the larger goal.
  • You thrive in a global, dynamic, highly complex environment. You are comfortable working with a global team across time zones, different cultures, and various local rules and regulations. 
  • You have strong analytical and organizational skills to set strategy and translate strategy into tactics.
  • You overcome obstacles collaboratively while respecting others’ points of view, and you empower your team to be creative and resourceful. 
  • You are always learning and are always well informed on the state-of-the-art in your discipline.
  • You are internally motivated to implement best practices in a continuous cycle of improvement.
  • You can inspire, coach and lead project teams to meet project deadlines.


  • Work in a fast-paced, matrix organizational environment where you’ll work on a wide range of topics and cross-collaborate across teams
  • Be a major contributor to the success of a rapidly growing biopharma company with an innovative hub and spoke model
  • Become part of creating a radically new and impactful paradigm shift in drug development and patient care  
  • An open, meritocratic, data- and results-driven culture 
  • Multiple hub locations with top office space to work from (Berlin, London, NYC, San Diego), providing the ability to work from where you want with the device and equipment you choose 
  • Participate in company retreats in Europe and USAwith a global team and supportive culture
  • Competitive stock option plan, employee benefits and health/wellness programs
  • Extensive professional growth opportunities where hard work is recognized


  • Support the R&D clinical science team in developing study designs to assist in protocol writing
  • Research brain-based biomarkers to inform the design and implementation of clinical trials particularly with EEG and fNIRS and other brain imaging techniques
  • Explore and identify optimal symptomatic/behavioral/therapeutic outcomes linked to brain-based surrogate endpoints for the compound
  • Assist in developing the rationale behind integrating clinically meaningful biomarkers for atai’s assets in development
  • Develop the data analytics pipeline for the biomarker research station and run the analyses to answer study hypotheses
  • Seek out and liase with a network of key opinion leaders to inform our clinical trial decisions
  • Report to the Clinical Science Director and support R&D team led by atai’s Chief Medical Officer
  • Work cross-functionally with other teams including preclinical, regulatory and CMC R&D, digital therapeutics and business development, and advise as needed with proposals to help the strategic growth of the atai portfolio, specifically regarding neuroimaging devices
  • Managing and mentoring interns
  • Participate in internal educational initiatives as a presenter and coordinator of educational events that include external speakers
  • Contribute to the creation of a publication plan and authoring select abstracts for congresses and articles for scientific publications


  • PhD in neuroscience, computational neuroscience/neurobiology, or cognitive psychology
  • Completed post-doctoral fellowship at an academic university
  • Clinical research experience with psychiatric patients, ideally with major depression, anxiety disorders, and/substance abuse
  • Strong background and experience in conducting EEG clinical experiments and computational neuroscience, including developing data processing streams (such as multi-modal data integration, signal processing, and machine learning) to understand brain network dynamics
  • Comprehensive understanding of designing and conducting human subject’s research, including in-depth understanding of research design and methodology
  • Research experience and publication record in the understanding of the neural basis of mood and/ anxiety disorders
  • Passion for using emerging digital and neurotechnologies
  • Research experience with in vivo imaging (fNIRS, sMRI, fMRI, ASL, DTI, MRS), preferred
  • Experience working in industry/biopharmaceutical company, preferred
  • Strong motivation to learn, and the ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems
  • Work independently as well as part of a close team, demonstrate strong interpersonal, speaking, and writing abilities
  • Good organization and detail-orientation, excellent time management and project management skills
  • Eligible to work in the US for any employer without sponsorship

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