I will be taking on new students for the 2016 academic year. Interested students should apply to MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences graduate program and/or the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology graduate program (officially based at Harvard, but with faculty at both Harvard and MIT). The two programs are very different, but from the standpoint of working in my lab there is no advantage of one over the other. It is not necessary to contact me before applying, but I am happy to discuss the lab and the graduate programs if you have questions.
I typically look to recruit students with strong quantitative training that have some prior research experience in neuroscience or cognitive science. If you are majoring in neuroscience, psychology, or cognitive science, I recommend supplementing what you will take for your major with a few additional quantitative courses. Linear algebra, multivariable calculus, signal processing, computer programming, and probability are a good place to start. The skills you will learn in these courses will be useful no matter what you do and will greatly expand the set of problems you can tackle in grad school.
If you have a background in some other quantitative field, you will in all likelihood need to get some research experience in neuroscience or cognitive science in order to put together a competitive grad school application. Participating in research will help you determine whether it is in fact what you want to do with your life; research experience will also help you refine your scientific interests. If you have finished college, a full-time RA position in a topically appropriate lab can be a good stepping stone to grad school.
The most effective way to propose a postdoctoral position in my lab is to come to me with an idea for a project (or two) and a plan for getting funding. In an ideal world postdocs in the lab will get their own grants under my sponsorship, perhaps after being supported off of one of my grants for the first year they are in the lab. Email me if you are interested and we can discuss further.
We are always looking for talented undergraduates. If you are interested in a UROP in the lab, please email me with a description of your background, including any prior research experience, your major, and any relevant coursework (computer programming is a plus), along with a description of why you are interested in the lab and what you hope to get out of the UROP.