Swartz Program

The Swartz Program at Harvard University offers post-doctoral fellowships in theoretical or computational neuroscience.

Based on a grant from the Swartz Foundation, Harvard University established a Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience. Fellowships last for two years, and cover a stipend and support for travel to the annual Sloan-Swartz meeting on computational neuroscience. Postdocs join a vibrant group of experimental and theoretical neuroscientists at Harvard's Center for Brain Science. Harvard's Swartz Program is led by Director Haim Sompolinsky.

The Center for Brain Science includes junior and senior faculty doing research on topics such as songbird learning, human motor control, large scale reconstruction of neural circuitry, fly olfaction, inhibitory circuitry development, rodent decision-making, zebrafish vision, and fMRI studies of human memory. The Swartz Program, housed in the new Northwest Building, will aid in building a program in theoretical neuroscience, to interact with these ongoing experimental efforts.
The Swartz Foundation has taken the lead in building theoretical neuroscience in the United States over the past several years. To complement the Swartz Program, other faculty are being recruited into the Center for Brain Science, and new courses are being offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Swartz Program provides for research collaborations between theorists and experimentalists.

We have about one postdoctoral opening at Harvard each year; interested applicants should send a CV, statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to Haim Sompolinsky (haim [at] fiz [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il) or Kenneth Blum (kenneth_blum [at] harvard [dot] edu).

Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.


Current Swartz Program members are

CBS Swartz Program alumni are finding continued success

Center for Brain Science faculty members who are participating in the Swartz Program in Theoretical Neuroscience include: