Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

*New* Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience [due 04-15-2021]

Posted: 3/15/2021 (Funding)

Applications are open for the Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience. This is a new, three-year post-doctoral fellowship program that aims to integrate data scientists in neuroscience research, challenge traditional approaches to neuroscience, provide multidisciplinary, multi-organizational co-mentorship, provide a network and community, and support career development in data science. The fellowship will be co-hosted by the Allen Institute and the University of Washington (through its eScience Institute and the Computational Neuroscience Center) and is directed by Dr. Christof Koch at the Allen Institute. Priority will be given to applicants who are not currently postdoctoral fellows or scientists at the University of Washington or the Allen Institute respectively. For full consideration, please submit your application by April 15, 2021. Learn more and apply on the Shanahan Fellowship Website. For questions, email 

During the three-year fellowship, fellows will identify a mentor, based either at the Allen Institute for Brain Science or in the MindScope Program, at the Allen Institute, where the fellows will be based. Fellows will select a co-mentor at the University of Washington who will provide additional guidance on a project designed by the fellow, focused on quantitative analysis of neuroscience data available through the Allen Institute’s vast data banks – ranging from molecular, genomic, transcriptional, physiological, morphological, anatomical and functional whole-brain level in the brains of mice, non-human primates and humans – or through ongoing laboratory work.

Fellows will participate in the postdoctoral career development program at the University’s e-Science Institute and the UW Institute of Neuroengineering (UWIN). The eSciences Institute offers regular workshops on key topics including cloud computing, python and reproducibility. New fellows will attend the annual Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain where they will learn how to apply data science skills to neuroscience data and questions. Throughout the three years, fellows will be supported in developing a network in the neuroscience field and sharing their progress with peers at conferences. Up to three fellows will be selected to begin in Fall 2021.