COMP Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowship Program

One of the key goals of the Computational Core is to train the next generation of scientists with the analytical skills necessary for understanding the neural computations that support brain function. The Core therefore offers competitive fellowships in computational neuroscience for both postdoctoral and graduate trainees.

The next round for the postdoctoral and graduate fellowships is now open, with a deadline of February 1, 2022. Applicants will submit their application to the Computational Core as outlined in the guidelines below. Please click on the Postdoctoral Fellowship or Graduate Studentship tab to view and download the relevant guidelines and application forms.

Applicants will propose a research project in computational neuroscience. Suitable projects include, but are not limited to, developing novel methods for neural data analysis, modeling of dynamical systems, and applying machine learning techniques to neuroimaging data in innovative ways. In general, projects should harness computational techniques to provide novel neuroscientific insights.

Interested applicants should contact two or more principal investigators at Western University whose combined expertise covers the spectrum of computation and neuroscience, and who can serve as co-advisors on the proposed project. Projects that contribute to increasing diversity in neuroscience at Western University are encouraged.

Evaluation process

Following administrative review for completeness, the BrainsCAN Computational Core evaluates the applications’ fit to the BrainsCAN and Computational Core mandates. Each application is reviewed by 2 members of the Computational Core. Where the reviewers are not unanimous, the application is sent to the full core where the majority result is used. All applications deemed to fit the mandates are sent to 2 external (to Western) reviewers in the computational neurosciences. These reviewers evaluate the applications based on the criteria and weighting in the Program Guidelines and provide scores to the Computational Core. The Computational Core provides funding recommendations to the BrainsCAN Executive Committee (EC) based on the reviewers’ scores. In a blinded fashion, these recommendations are reviewed and ratified by the EC in consultation with the Computational Core.

For questions about the program, please contact Marieke Mur (mmur@uwo.ca).

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants with demonstrated research productivity in both computational fields and neuroscience are preferred. If the applicant has a background in only one of these disciplines, their research proposal and training expectations should clearly explain their motivation and preparation to transition into computational neuroscience. Applications from researchers who are transitioning from graduate work in the physical, mathematical, engineering, or computational sciences into computational neuroscience are encouraged.

Application materials:

  1. Program guidelines
  2. CV requirements
  3. Application form
  4. BrainsCAN EDI survey

Graduate Studentship

Applicants with a background in both computational fields and neuroscience are preferred. If the applicant has a background in only one of these disciplines, their research proposal and training expectations should clearly explain their motivation and preparation to transition into computational neuroscience. Applications from researchers who are transitioning from graduate work in the physical, mathematical, engineering, or computational sciences into computational neuroscience are encouraged.

Application materials:

  1. Program guidelines
  2. CV requirements
  3. Application form
  4. BrainsCAN EDI survey