Jörn Diedrichsen

Jörn Diedrichsen
Western Research Chair
for Motor Control
and Computational Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Institute
Department for Computer Science
Department for Statistical and Actuarial Sciences
University of Western Ontario
email: jdiedric at uwo.ca

There is still no robotic device that can match the grace and flexibility with which the brain produces skilled movements. The complexities of our muscular-skeletal system, the compliance and variability in our muscles and the unpredictable ever-changing environment make the control of movements one of the hardest computational problems. What are the principles that underlie production of coordinated movements? How are skilled movements learned? What is the function of the human cerebellum? How does the brain compensate after damage? In Western's Sensorymotor superlab, which consists of the Diedrichsen, Pruszynski, and Gribble lab, we investigate these questions using behavioural studies using robotic devices, computational modelling, fMRI studies, patient studies, and electrophysiology. We are also part of the Computational Brain Science Group, and focus on the developement of novel statistical methods for the analysis of brain imaging data.

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Open postdoc position

We are looking for a new postdoc for collaborative project with the Pruszynski lab on the control of sequential movements. The CIHR-funded project uses behavioral, imaging, and neurophysiological techniques to investigate how the brain plans future movements during ongoing actions. Candiates with experience in behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational techniques are encouraged to apply. See here for details and how to apply.

PhD / MSc positions for Fall 2023

We are now accepting applications for MSc / PhD students who want to join the lab in Fall 2023. The successful candidates will then apply in January to the Neuroscience, Computer Science, or Statistics graduate programs. Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file entited LastName_FirstName.pdf directly to jdiedric@uwo.ca. The pdf must include:

  • a CV (including publications and conference presentations)
  • a statement of research interest outlining current experience and plans for future research, not exceeding 2 pages. Please see recent publications, ongoing research projects, and tool developement for ongoing research in the lab
  • names and contact information for three academic referees.

Please state clearly your targeted graduate program. We especially encourage students interested in the Collaborative Specialization in Machine Learning for Health and Biomedical Sciences to apply. The review of applications will begin December 5th and continue until positions are filled.


Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, Western University, and the CIHR.


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