Postdoctoral

To join the BRAIN CREATE Neurotechnologies Training Program, postdoctoral fellows must be supervised by a full member of the HBI. Your research project must involve the development of neurotechnologies and have a potential commercial spinoff. Please review the BRAIN CREATE Postdoctoral Fellowship Terms of Reference below for full eligibility requirements and the Summary of Program Requirements for more information about the program.

Salary support provided by BRAIN CREATE must be matched by the recipient’s supervisor. BRAIN CREATE also offers trainees access to travel support to pursue neurotechnologies. While BRAIN CREATE-funded trainees will be prioritized if program elements are oversubscribed, financial support is not a pre-requisite for trainee or PI involvement in BRAIN CREATE.

Members of the HBI have active and productive research laboratories, enabling opportunities for postdoctoral training. Prospective postdoctoral fellows with defined areas of interest should identify a potential supervisor, and contact them directly to see if they have an open postdoctoral position. The University of Calgary's Careers website also lists several opportunities for postdoctoral fellows.

Please don't hesitate to contact braincreate@ucalgary.ca if you have any other questions or need guidance on how to get started.

 

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BRAIN CREATE Postdoctoral Fellowship Terms of Reference

Eligibility: Postdoctoral trainees must have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years to be eligible to participate in BRAIN CREATE. Parental leave taken for child bearing or rearing is not counted as part of the five-year period. Your research project must involve the development of neurotechnologies and have the potential for commercialization in the short or long term. Neurotechnologies are broadly defined and include methods, devices, molecules, and drugs to monitor and/or augment brain and key physiological functions. Key physiological functions may include cardiorespiratory control, cerebrovascular regulation, autonomic control, attention, learning, and sleep. The primary supervisor must be a full member of the HBI. Funding prioritizes projects involving a BRAIN CREATE team member

Supervisors are restricted to having a maximum of 3 trainees (postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) funded by HBI and/or BRAIN CREATE at any one time. Summer students do not count towards this maximum. Application must be made prior to, or within nine months, of onboarding. 


 

Value:    

$22,000/year
 

Number:    

Variable


 

Duration:    

Maximum of two years, subject to annual renewal.


 

Deadline:     

March 15

Terms: Each PDF will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 per year plus extended health and dental benefits. BRAIN CREATE’s contribution will be $22,000/year with the host laboratory committing an additional $28,000/year confirmed in a letter of support by the supervisor. 

The fellowship is subject to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) deductions, and income tax as per the regulations of the Government of Canada. Mandatory employer paid expenses include extended health and dental benefits, CPP, EI, WCB, and the employer compliance fee for international PDFs. These account for an additional 25% (approximately) and are the responsibility of the supervisor.

IMPORTANT: The purpose of this fellowship is to recruit PDFs working on neurotechnologies who will be highly competitive for internal and external awards on the basis of their academic performance and research program. Thus, PDFs holding this fellowship are expected to apply for internal and external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. PDFs who are successful in obtaining other funding must immediately inform BRAIN CREATE administration (braincreate@ucalgary.ca) and the HBI Operations Coordinator (hbi.education@ucalgary.ca) to enable reallocation of BRAIN CREATE funding. Funding will be pro-rated by funding obtained from other sources. When the tenure of the external award is less than that of the fellowship, at the end of the external award’s tenure, the BRAIN CREATE fellowship will be reinstated and paid out to the end of the original tenure date.

BRAIN CREATE fellowships are renewed each year. Renewal is contingent upon: 1) annual review of progress, including participation in BRAIN CREATE activities as outlined in the Summary of Program Requirements; 2) evidence of applications for internal or external scholarships; and 3) supervisor acknowledgement of satisfactory progress under the terms of the fellowship.

Funding cannot be allocated to a PDF remaining in the laboratory where they received their PhD.

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Where Tenable: Recipients must be onboarded at the University of Calgary and reside in Calgary for at least 9 months/year.

Apply: Candidates must submit the completed HBI Postdoctoral Fellowship Application and supporting documentation as a single PDF file, and send references directly to hbi.education@ucalgary.ca attention:

Dr. Sarah McFarlane
Education Director
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Questions can be directed to braincreate@ucalgary.ca