IBRAiN Program

IBACS-BIRC Research Assistantships in Neuroimaging


The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is offering graduate assistantships of 10 hours per week during the Fall (2018) and Spring (2019) semesters at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). During this time, the assistants will spend the allocated hours at BIRC, supporting users of BIRC facilities. This could involve helping design and implement experimental procedures for fMRI, EEG, tDCS, TMS etc., recruitment and prepping of participants, data analysis, or overseeing use of equipment by others. Applicants will be expected to commit to the full duration of the assistantship (Fall & Spring). Funds may be available during Summer 2019 to enable IBRAiN students to pursue their own research at BIRC.

We anticipate two 10-hour assistantships starting Fall 2018, joining the existing IBRAiN students who have already completed their first year at BIRC and are starting their second year on the program.


The deadline for receipt of applications will be midnight on February 28, 2018.


  • Graduate Students at UConn working on topics related to the IBACS mission are eligible to apply, with priority given to students whose research will involve, or has involved, neuroimaging methods (fMRI, dEEG, tDCS, or TMS), and who are in Years 2 or 3 of their graduate program. Subject to funding and other constraints, these assistantships could be renewed for a further year.
  • Graduate students intending to apply who are not already IBACS affiliates should fill out the affiliate membership form available here.
  • Recipients of the IBACS Graduate Fellowship are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 10 hours per week during the Fall (2018) and Spring (2019) semesters. This usually means that more than 10 hours of TA or other commitment renders you ineligible.


All applicants must submit a completed application, by any deadlines described above in the Key Dates section. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their primary supervisor will be willing to submit a supporting statement (see below):

The application form is to be filled in by the student here.
Applicants will be asked for

  • A summary of work carried out to date (1/2 page max)
  • A summary plan of future work (1/2 page max)
  • A brief statement of experience relevant to the IBRAiN program, and a brief statement of how the applicant’s own research could benefit.
  • An up-to-date CV

A copy of the application will be sent automatically to the applicant’s primary advisor for approval. The advisor will need to write a letter of support to complete the application process. Details will be provided once the application has been submitted.


Reviewers of full proposals will be asked to consider the following review criteria, as well as the advisor’s separate statement:

  • The applicant’s progress, achievements, background, as well as potential benefits to the student and their advisor, and to the program.

Priority may be given to applicants who have experience in one or more of the methods in use at BIRC, or whose research might use such methods.


If you have trouble with any part of the application process, or you are unsure about eligibility, you can contact ibacs@uconn.edu or call our Administrative Assistant at 6-4937.