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 contact individual faculty members directly. If you need help identifying a potential supervisor, please contact us at braincreate@ucalgary.ca.

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 a potential commercial spinoff. Neurotechnologies are defined as methods, devices, and molecules developed 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/yr
 

Number:    

Variable


 

Duration:    

Maximum of two years, subject to annual renewal.


 

Deadline:     

March 15 each year

For the spring 2020 competition, applications are due May 1, 2020.

Terms: Each PDF will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 per year plus 25% for benefits (medical, dental, vision) consistent with the UC’s Eyes High and HBI PDF awards. BRAIN CREATE’s contribution will be $22,000/yr with the host laboratory committing an additional $28,000/yr confirmed in a letter of support by the supervisor. Supervisors are also responsible for fees related to work permits and immigration.

The extended health benefit plan, which is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars, is not covered by the award. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to cover the cost of the benefit plan. Expenses such as the employer’s contribution to CPP/EI, relocation expenses, conference attendance, and other research-related expenses, are the responsibility of the supervisor.

The fellowship is subject to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) deductions. It is also subject to the Income Tax Act as per the Regulations of the Government of Canada.

The purpose of this award is to recruit PDFs working on neurotechnologies who will be highly competitive for external awards on the basis of their academic performance and research program. Thus, PDFs holding this award are expected to apply for external awards or grants for which they are eligible, including those from provincial or national agencies. 

Renewal is contingent upon internal review of, and application for external scholarships, annual review of progress (including participation of Supervisor and trainee in BRAIN CREATE activities) and signed by the supervisor acknowledging satisfactory progress under the terms of the award.

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 Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form (link will be available 4 to 6 weeks prior to deadline) 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