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This one-year training provides a unique opportunity for graduated physicians with a strong interest in neuroscience to participate and develop neurosurgery research projects.

During this experience, the Neurosurgery Research Assistant will work hand-in-hand with faculty neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, mechanical-simulation engineers, neurosurgery residents, medical students, among others.

Our state-of-the-art labs and clinics provide a broad spectrum of possibilities for our Assistants to develop their research skills to be applied to neurosurgical problems. Our research lines include:

  • Microvascular Neurosurgery Lab

  • Spine Surgery Lab

  • Neuroanatomy and Digital Technology Lab

  • Skull Base and Endoscopic Skull Base Lab

  • Oncological Neurosurgery Lab

  • Hydrocephalus and CSF lab

  • Functional Neurosurgery Lab

  • Epilepsy Surgery Lab

  • Endovascular Neurosurgery Lab

Although the NRFP is a voluntary position and does not provide salary options, the research assistant will receive financial support to participate in academic meetings and activities in which their projects are displayed.

Available places per year: 5.


The NRFA's primary goal is to contribute to professionals' education on critical thinking, creativeness, and innovation to foment creation and acquisition of knowledge to be applied to neurosurgery problems.

Entry Requirements

  • Full-time availability.

  • Provide an undergraduate diploma from an accredited University.

  • Write a Personal Statement of one or two A4 pages. In this document, the applicant should highlight their interest in Neurosciences, leadership skills, prior research experience, and your application's purpose.

  • Provide one (1) letter of Recommendation.

  • An updated Curriculum Vitae.

  • Demonstrate English Proficiency.

  • Provide a copy of an ID document (ID or passport).

  • Performance at Interview.

Admission Process

According to the entry requirements, our admission committee reviews all applications with a holistic approach assessing academic merit and potential.

Preselected applicants will be interviewed by our admission committee. Research assistants are selected regardless of gender, marital status, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or political views, age, or social background.

After an Offer is Made

Once the candidate is preselected for admission, they will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Health Insurance certification.

  • Professional Risks Insurance Affiliation.

  • Vaccine records (A complete vaccination scheme will be informed once an offer is made.) 

  • A confidentiality agreement will be provided upon acceptance before the training start.

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