BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is part of Western’s $66M BrainsCAN initiative, supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF investment enables researchers at the University, along with their national and international academic and commercial partners, to seek answers to fundamental questions regarding how we learn, think, move and communicate.

Training the next generation of researchers is a key aim of BrainsCAN, and postdoctoral fellows are the engines of innovative research. The BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has been developed to attract the world’s most promising early-career neuroscientists. Successful applicants will be outstanding scientists whose innovative work has already achieved impact, and who have demonstrated great potential for continued contributions.

There is currently an open call for the Computational Neuroscience stream of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, with a submission deadline of February 1, 2023. Prospective postdoctoral researchers interested in applying to the computational neuroscience stream should refer to the BrainsCAN Computational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Already ranked amongst the best in the world in cognitive neurosciences and neuroimaging, Western researchers employ cognitive, computational, clinical, and translational approaches to understand and intervene in brain function. Postdoctoral Fellows will have access to BrainsCAN-supported core facilities for neuroimaging; for studying human cognition, behaviour and sensorimotor control; for development and use of computational methods; and for establishing and exploring rodent and nonhuman primate models of cognition and behaviour. Skilled staff within these cores support state-of-the-art technical equipment including research-only MRI systems (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and electrophysiological testing in humans and animal models, advanced molecular techniques, a sleep laboratory, and access to a variety of neurological patient populations in affiliated teaching hospitals.

Benefits for postdoctoral researchers at Western include Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, a health care spending account (to cover eye and dental care, prescriptions, etc), parental leave, and Western’s mentorship and professional development program for postdoctoral scholars, Competitive Edge.

Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving affiliation with more than one lab, is required.

Important Resources

  1. PDF Extension Form
  2. Neuroscience Researcher Directory

Contact Information

The program co-chairs are Drs. Jessica Grahn and Marieke Mur. For administrative questions please contact BrainsCAN (