Post-doctoral position in comparative study of reward learning, stress and psychedelics- McGill University

Do you want to know what mice think about on mushrooms? Are you interested in making inferences in mice and humans?

The Behavioural Neurogenomics Lab (https://www.bagotlab.org) at McGill University is looking for a highly motivated computational neuroscience postdoc to lead a newly funded collaboration examining the neural bases of effects of stress and psychedelics on reward processing in mice and humans. This is a fully funded position intersecting computational modeling, neural circuit interrogation and robust behavioural paradigms. Based in Montreal, the candidate will work closely with the Noise Lab at Université de Montreal (https://ebitzlab.com/) and the Mayo Lab (https://profiles.ucalgary.ca/leah-mayo) at University of Calgary to develop new approaches for the comparative study of the neural processing of reward.

The candidate must have a PhD in computational neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science or a quantitative discipline as well as fluency in Matlab or Python and experience in statistical data analysis and an interest in translational or comparative research. Ideally, the candidate would have some background in cognitive and/or reinforcement learning models, generalized linear models, hidden Markov models or probabilistic graphical models.

Anticipated start date April 1, 2024 for an initial term of 1 year with the possibility of renewal.

Come join an exciting, diverse team in a unique city with a supportive, and highly collaborative environment.

To apply, please send a PDF of your CV to rosemary.bagot@mcgill.ca with a list of three potential references to contact. In your email, please describe 1) why you are interested in the position and 2) how your prior experience relates to this research opportunity.

Posting end date: 2024-03-30

Professeure régulière ou professeur régulier – Département de biologie médicale (Biologie Cellulaire) – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Affichage du 24 novembre 2023 au 12 janvier 2024

Discipline : Biologie Cellulaire

Fonctions : l’enseignement, la recherche, le service à la collectivité et la direction pédagogique

Exigence :

Être titulaire d’un doctorat (Ph. D.) ou diplôme équivalent en sciences biomédicales ou disciplines connexes et posséder au moins deux années d’expérience postdoctorale en biologie cellulaire et moléculaire.

Expérience :

La personne candidate devra:

  • Posséder une excellente aptitude à offrir un enseignement universitaire de grande qualité aux trois cycles.
  • Démontrer une grande capacité d’encadrement en recherche de stagiaires et d’étudiants à tous les cycles d’études.
  • Détenir un dossier de recherche hautement compétitif à l’échelle internationale.
  • Montrer de fortes aptitudes à développer un programme de recherche fort et d’en assurer son financement.
  • Maîtriser des techniques modernes en biologie cellulaire et moléculaire, complémentaires avec les ressources du Groupe de recherche en signalisation cellulaire (GRSC) de l’UQTR, qui comprend les créneaux de recherche diversifiés et complémentaires relatifs au métabolisme, à l’immunologie, aux cellules souches, à la reproduction, à l’oncologie et à la plasticité du système nerveux.
  • Établir des collaborations dynamiques à l’international, ainsi qu’au niveau national et régional, avec les professeur(e)s du département et les autres collègues oeuvrant dans les domaines connexes à l’UQTR.
  • Contribuer aux activités de l’institution et démontrer une forte capacité à faire rayonner l’UQTR à l’international.

Autres:

Documents à joindre:

  • Une lettre d’intérêt expliquant ses objectifs d’enseignement et de recherche;
  • La personne candidate peut déposer, si elle le souhaite, une lettre supplémentaire pour décrire des situations exceptionnelles à considérer dans l’analyse de leur candidature;
  • Un minimum de trois articles (soumis ou publiés).

Notes :

Une connaissance suffisante de la langue française ou être déterminé à l’apprendre une fois en poste. L’UQTR offre un soutien à l’apprentissage de la langue française;

Toutes les personnes qualifiées sont invitées à postuler. Veuillez noter que, conformément aux exigences de l’immigration canadienne, la priorité sera toutefois accordée aux personnes détenant la citoyenneté canadienne ainsi que le statut de résident permanent;
Le poste et l’embauche sont sous réserve de l’approbation des instances.

Date d’entrée en fonction : 1er juin 2024 ou date à convenir avec l’Université

Traitement : selon la convention collective des professeurs et professeures

Toute candidature sera traitée confidentiellement.

Veuillez faire parvenir votre candidature avant 17 h, le 12 janvier 2024. Seules les candidatures soumises sur le site des offres d’emploi de l’UQTR seront considérées.​​​​​​​

L’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières est engagée dans une démarche menant vers une université pleinement équitable, diversifiée et inclusive (ÉDI). En ce sens, elle porte un regard sur ses pratiques et souhaite être un acteur engagé dans son milieu et au sein de la société. Elle valorise la diversité au sein de son personnel et reconnaît le caractère pluriel des identités. Elle encourage particulièrement les femmes, les personnes autochtones, les membres de minorités visibles ou ethniques, les personnes ayant des limitations ainsi que les personnes issues des communautés LGBTQ+ à soumettre leur candidature. Conformément à la Loi, l’Université souscrit au programme d’accès à l’égalité en emploi. Sur demande, le processus de recrutement peut être adapté selon les besoins des personnes vivant avec des limitations. Le respect de la confidentialité des informations est pris au sérieux.

Contact 

https://atlas.workland.com/work/32046/professeure-reguliere-ou-professeur-regulier-departement-de-biologie-medicale-biologie-cellulaire-campus-de-trois-rivieres-e9270

Dir.Dep.Biomed@uqtr.ca

 

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Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology – University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for up to two (2) full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology (APP) at the University of Saskatchewan, to begin July 1, 2024.

The successful candidate(s) will have a PhD degree in any area of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, or cell or developmental biology and should have post-doctoral experience in a related research field. Key selection criteria will include research excellence, originality, and potential for research impact. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded research program and be able to complement the research strengths of other APP faculty members. Particular areas of research strength include skeletal biology, cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, respiratory pathophysiology, synchrotron imaging, and neuroscience. Expertise in one of these areas will be considered an asset, but candidates from other research areas will be considered. The selected candidate(s) will also contribute to teaching of undergraduate and medical students, and to the teaching and mentoring of graduate students.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, SK, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 26,000.

The salary band for an Assistant Professor position is from $99,945 to $120,099. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit, via email (refer to req11804 in subject line): a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and plans (3 pages or less), a teaching statement (1 page), a statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) that includes a reflection on the candidate’s experiences with EDI and how those experiences will enrich this aspect of the department (1/2-1 page), and contact information for three references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Dr. TE Fisher
Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
107 Wiggins Road, Rm GA20
Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 5E5
Telephone: (306) 966-6530

Email: appadmin@usask.ca

Due to federal immigration requirements, we also ask candidates to indicate whether they are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2024 but applications will be accepted and evaluated until the positions are filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The university must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Contact information

appadmin@usask.ca

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Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Assistant Professor – University of Manitoba

Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Assistant Professor – Position #34426

The Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time Probationary (Tenure-track) Assistant Professor in the area of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2024, and the appointment has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024, or soon thereafter. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

We seek a colleague with an active and promising program of research in any area of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (excluding nonhuman animal research) with preference for candidates whose research program will augment the department’s existing technological and methodological diversity.

Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally competitive research program, attract external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate and undergraduate research, and contribute to departmental and wider university service. Alternative delivery modes of teaching (e.g., online instruction) may be available. These duties are normally allocated as 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. The normal teaching load is 12 credit hours or 4 courses per year (reduced to 9 credit hours/3 courses for new faculty in the first 2 years). Faculty members who play a lead role, usually as Principal Investigator, in a major, multi-year research project funded by SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR and administered by the University of Manitoba will normally receive a release of 3 credit hours of teaching for each year of the grant.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of research excellence including a track record of peer-reviewed publications and a record of presentations at national and international conferences, demonstrated evidence of potential for excellence in teaching, and the potential to attract external grant funding.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion, and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion, and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Additional Information:
The University of Manitoba is one of Manitoba’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

The City of Winnipeg, located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, is recognized for its vibrant, multicultural community, and diverse culture. The city, with a growing population of more than 766,000, is home to internationally renowned festivals, galleries, and museums, the historic Exchange District and The Forks, and ever-expanding research, education, and business sectors. More information about the university, department, city, and province can be found at the links below.

Application Information

Applications for this position must include a letter of application, a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, copies of up to three recent publications, and contact information for three references. Research and teaching statements may be included in the letter of application or presented separately. Electronic applications (preferred) should be emailed to the Department Head (Dr. Melanie Soderstrom) c/o Jamie McMillan jamie.mcmillan@umanitoba.ca.

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 31, 2024.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Province of Manitoba). Please note that application materials will be provided to participating members of the search process.
Contact information:

Dr. Melanie Soderstrom, Dept Head, c/o Jamie McMillan (jamie.mcmillan @ umanitoba.ca)

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Postdoctoral Position Available in the Breton-Provencher lab at U. Laval: Noradrenaline, acetylcholine and learning

Join our dynamic and innovative research team at the CERVO Brain Research Centre of Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Established in 2021, our team is dedicated to unraveling the intricate mechanisms underlying learning and memory. We are excited to announce a funded postdoctoral position focused on exploring the role of neuromodulation in learning consolidation.

Project Overview:
The successful candidate will engage in a stimulating project investigating the impact of neuromodulators, such as acetylcholine and noradrenaline, on learning consolidation. Utilizing advanced methods like in vivo electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, and animal behavior analysis, the project aims to elucidate the neural mechanisms governing the consolidation of motor learning. This project aligns with our general research focus, which centers on understanding the influence of neuromodulatory systems on learning. For further insights into our work, please refer to Breton-Provencher and Sur’s publication in Nature Neuroscience (2019) and Breton-Provencher et al.’s recent article in Nature (2022).

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related field.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following: in vivo electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, animal surgery, programming languages (Python/MATLAB), and data analysis.
  • Expertise and productivity in neuroscience research.
  • Independence in research, creative problem-solving skills, and a collaborative mindset.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team.

Lab Environment:
Our lab fosters a collaborative, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment where creativity, scientific rigor, and innovative thinking are valued. As a young lab, we provide ample opportunities for professional growth and encourage independence in research pursuits. We offer support for various career paths, whether in academia or industry. The lab is located in Québec City, known for its safety, affordability, and family-friendly environment.

Funding:
The project is funded by a 3-year grant from the US Department of Defense. Additionally, candidates can apply for several other funding opportunities for international post-docs available through the Québec (e.g., FRQS) and Canadian (e.g., CIHR, NSERC) funding systems. The lab is supported by NSERC, Brain Canada, CFI, FNFR, and the CERVO Research Centre.

Interested candidates of ALL BACKGROUNDS should submit a cover letter describing research interests and relevant experience, along with a curriculum vitae.

Join us in unraveling the mysteries of neuromodulator systems in the brain!

Visit the vbplab.com for more info!

2024 CAN Parliament Hill Day

CAN held its second in-person Parliament Hill Day in Otttawa on November 7, 2023. This presented an exceptional opportunity for a team of CAN advocates to meet face-to-face or virtually with members of Parliament, Senators, Parliamentary staff members and important senior civil servants to advocate for a increased support for the major federal funding agencies in Canada (Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships and for making research on Brain and Mental Health a national priority.

The 2023 Hill Day was a very productive day of meetings and relationship building, with 15 CAN advocates from across Canada participating in meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators, Senior decision-makers and their staff.

 

Watt Lab at McGill University seeking postdoctoral research fellow

We are currently seeking an outstanding candidate to study cerebellar circuits in health and in disease, in particular in models of motor coordination diseases like ataxia. The applicant should be experienced in either in vivo recording techniques and/or in vivo imaging techniques. Candidates should have doctoral experience in neuroscience, biology, or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in in-vivo electrophysiology and/or 2-photon imaging, and the ideal candidate will have authored high-profile publications using these techniques. Duties will include performing experiments, analyzing and presenting data at local, national and international conferences, writing manuscripts as well as occasionally providing training to other lab members. Collaborative work with other members of the neuroscience community is also welcome.
The Watt lab is located at McGill University in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Montreal is a vibrant, multicultural city that provides an excellent quality of life. McGill and its neighbouring universities provide an exceptionally rich neuroscience community.

The initial appointment would be for 2 years, with the possibility of extension. This position is fully funded with a competitive salary. In addition, applicants would be encouraged to apply for independent funding, which is available for both Canadian and international applicants.

Full applications, including a cover letter, a full CV, a brief outline of current research, and the names and contact details of three academic referees should be sent to Dr. Alanna Watt at alanna.watt@mcgill.ca. In the subject line, please enter Postdoc Research Fellow and your name.

Closing date: 15 January 2024 Start date is flexible.

Both the Watt lab and McGill University are committed to diversity and equity in employment. We welcome applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Contact information

alanna.watt@mcgill.ca

Posting end date

2024/01/15

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Neuroscience and Mental health – Assistant Professor – CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval

The CERVO Brain Research Centre (cervo.ulaval.ca), affiliated with Université Laval, is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor position that could begin as early as July 2024. This recruitment is made possible by the remarkable growth of the Research Centre in recent years and several major initiatives funded by the Canadian and Quebec governments. The selected candidate will be presented to join Université Laval through its internal competitions.

CERVO hosts more than 80 principal investigators and a total of 550 graduate students, post-docs, and staff scientists. The Centre is devoted exclusively to the study of neurosciences, mental health, and addiction. Its mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses by developing new technologies and methodologies to unravel the mysteries of the brain and by continuously linking basic and clinical research. This is pursued by multidisciplinary approaches and the centre’s strong expertise in Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences, Systems Neurosciences, Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences, Psychiatry, Neurophotonics, Optics/Photonics, Mathematics, and Artificial Intelligence. Emphasis is put on collaborative research across these disciplines.

Applicants must have a PhD or MD/PhD and a post-doctoral training, with an excellent record of research productivity. The successful candidates will have demonstrated ability or outstanding potential to develop an internationally recognized research program in the Neurosciences and Mental Health, together with the capacity of securing competitive research grants. Teaching interests will be an asset. The recruited candidates will be expected to supervise graduate students.

Université Laval, located in Québec City, is one of Canada’s leading universities and the oldest French-speaking institution in North America; applicants will be expected to develop language skills in French, mainly for teaching purposes. By choosing the CERVO Brain Research Centre and Université Laval, you could benefit from several measures to facilitate the relocation and integration of you and your family, such as orientation for new professors and peer mentoring, free French lessons, support for settling in Quebec City (including networking and advice on housing and school/daycare needs), and job search assistance for your spouse/partner. Non-Canadian candidates also receive full support and legal advice for immigration procedures.

The CERVO Brain Research Centre supports the principle that excellence and equity are compatible and complementary. We have an active Equity-Diversity-Inclusion committee. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized and visible minority individuals, women, First Peoples in Canada (Indigenous) persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, as well as all qualified individuals with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse research topics and communities.

Applications in a single pdf file should include: A cover letter outlining specific interests in the position, a scientific CV, a 3-page research program outlining the short and long-term goals. Applications must be sent electronically to recruitment@CERVO.ulaval.ca. Three letters of reference should also be sent directly by mentors of the candidate at the same email address. Screening of applications will begin by December 4, 2023. Selected applicants will be contacted for a pre-interview online, starting in January 2024. 

Senior Scientific Assistant for Electron and Light Microscopy – University of Victoria, Department of Biology

Job posting and application: https://uvic.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/10364

Department Summary

The Biology Department Electron Microscope (EM) Facility functions as a research and teaching platform and general resource for electron and light microscopy and imaging for the Biology Department. The EM Facility allows for sample preparation and basic histology for microscope work, and is equipped with two Transmission Electron Microscopes, light microscopes, ultramicrotomes, and ancillary equipment. It also houses a FIB/SEM system owned by the Division of Medial Sciences. Individual research labs also host several confocal and widefield microscopes.

Position Summary

The Senior Scientific Assistant is responsible to maintain the facility, including maintaining and trouble-shooting microscopes and other equipment belonging to Biology Department. They train graduate students and other researchers research labs in Biology in electron and light microscopy techniques. The Senior Scientific Assistant carries out research projects in collaboration with faculty and other researchers and advises them on technical approaches. They are expected to support undergraduate courses and labs, and work with faculty to obtain funding for upgrades and new equipment. The Senior Scientific Assistant works collaboratively with other units on campus who may also use the facility.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain, diagnose, and repair TEM, light microscopes, and ancillary equipment (25%)
  • Process and image biological samples for TEM, SEM, and light microscopy (25%)
  • Train new users on TEM and ancillary equipment, as well as the department’s widefield and confocal microscopes (25%)
  • Assist EM facility users with trouble-shooting for both hardware and software (10%)
  • Liaise with repair service engineers and other microscope facilities on campus (5%)
  • Maintain chemical and consumables inventory for the EM facility (5%)
  • Compile user records for billing and charge-backs. (5%)

Summary of Qualifications:

– A MSc in Biology or a related discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in operating light and electron microscopes.

– Experience in sample preparation methods (fixation, dehydration, embedding, and sectioning) for brightfield, fluorescence and electron microscopy and with techniques such as immunolabeling, histochemistry and image analysis.

– Demonstrated desire to learn new technologies, stay up-to-date in the field, and to promote new techniques to facility users and the Department.

– Experience in maintenance, calibration, and minor repairs for both light and electron microscopes.

Posting Close Date: 21 November 2023

Neuroscience Postdoctoral Positions – University of Toronto – Woodin lab

The Woodin lab, in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto, is seeking talented postdoctoral fellows with experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology, or molecular biology and biochemistry. Our lab is actively identifying mechanisms regulating inhibition and determining the contribution of excitation/inhibition imbalances to neurological disorders. We use a combinatorial approach that includes electrophysiology, opto- and chemo-genetics, biochemistry, proteomics, imaging, and behavioural testing. The postdoctoral fellow will join the lab of Professor Melanie Woodin, which is co-led with Professor Jessica Pressey. Positions are fully funded (including benefits); applicants are encouraged to apply for external funding. More information on Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Toronto can be found here: https://postdoc.sgs.utoronto.ca/.

Anticipated Start: Summer 2024

Duration: 2+ years

Application Process:

Interested applicants should email their CV and cover letter to jessicapressey@utoronto.ca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Visit the Woodin lab website to learn more: https://woodin.artsci.utoronto.ca/