Graduate student position studying sensory learning and adult neurogenesis – Lindsey laboratory – University of Manitoba

We are seeking an outstanding graduate student with an interest in adult neurogenesis, and learning and memory to lead an exciting new project focusing on the role of adult neural stem cells for learning in response to changes in the sensory environment. To address this question our lab takes advantage of the zebrafish model that houses adult neurogenic zones in brain structures that process both sensory and cognitive input. We have established numerous transgenic lines to address this question and have recently setup a new Noldus DanioVision Behavioral System for experimental design and behavioral analysis. This position will provide trainees the opportunity to learn zebrafish animal husbandry, innovate new behavioral and sensory learning paradigms, perform advanced imaging including confocal microscopy, correlative electron microscopy, and 3-D brain imaging methods, as well as transgenic design. Please visit our laboratory website for more information ( This project is funded by NSERC.


  • Excellent academic standing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills and the ability to think independently
  • Ability to innovate new research methods
  • Related lab experience is preferred (but not mandatory)

The successful candidate will be admitted to the graduate program through the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba, where they are expected to fulfill course work in addition to thesis based research. The candidate will be paid an annual stipend to cover tuition and living expenses.


Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter outlining their research interests, a CV including research experience and publications, a copy of recent transcripts and contact details for at least two references by email. Position start date is September 2021.

Contact information:

Dr. Benjamin Lindsey
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
University of Manitoba
130 Basic Medical Science Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba


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Posting end date: 2021/06/30

BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program at Western University

We are pleased to announce the “Call for Applications” for the BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program. This program is part of Western’s $66M BrainsCAN initiative, supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF investment is intended to enable researchers at the University, along with their national and international academic and commercial partners, to seek answers to fundamental questions regarding how we learn, think, move and communicate.

Recruiting the next generation of neuroscience researchers is a key aim of BrainsCAN. The BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program has been developed to attract the world’s most promising prospective master’s and doctoral students in cognitive neuroscience to Western University.

Up to five BrainsCAN Graduate Studentships will be awarded in this competition to highly qualified individuals pursuing a collaborative research project in cognitive neuroscience. This Studentship is open to any prospective graduate student not currently, or recently, enrolled in a graduate program at Western, and will provide a minimum salary of $25,000 for 2 years for master’s students, and $35,000 for 3 years for doctoral students.

Already ranked amongst the best in the world in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, Western researchers employ cognitive, computational, clinical, and translational approaches to understand and intervene in brain function. Our graduate students will have access to BrainsCAN-supported core facilities for neuroimaging; for studying human cognition, behaviour and sensorimotor control; for development and use of computational methods; and for establishing and exploring rodent and nonhuman primate models of cognition and behaviour. Skilled staff within these cores support state-of-the-art technical equipment including research-only MRI systems (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and electrophysiological testing in humans and animal models, advanced molecular techniques, a sleep laboratory, and access to a variety of neurological patient populations in affiliated teaching hospitals.

Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving more than one lab is a requirement for application. Lastly, it is strongly recommended that all potential applicants review Western’s Graduate School Admission procedures and academic calendar prior to preparing their application.

The application deadline is January 4th, 2021.

Contact information For more information, please see:

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PhD scholarship in Biomedical Sciences – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Candidates are invited to submit their application for a PhD scholarship in Biomedical Sciences in the field of human olfactory plasticity at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières under the supervision of Prof Johannes Frasnelli. At the lab for Chemosensory Neuroanatomy, state-of-the-art techniques such as olfactory event-related potentials, MR imaging and behavioral methods are used to understand how chemosensory function and brain anatomy/function are linked. Our projects are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). The amount of the scholarship corresponds to CIHR guidelines and is available for three to five years. The position is available immediately. Start date is flexible.


The successful candidate will have an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. Ideal applicants will have some experience in biomedical imaging, human electrophysiology, chemosensory testing, and knowledge of statistics.

Contact information

Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing their research experience and interests, transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references by email to Dr. Johannes Frasnelli (

Dendritic Algorithms for Perceptual Learning – Muller lab at University of Montreal / CHU Ste-Justine Research Center / Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute

I’m happy to announce the Architectures of Biological Learning Lab is Hiring!

I’m looking for exceptional candidates at the MSc, PhD or post-doc level to work on “Dendritic Algorithms for Perceptual Learning”. The project will employ simulations of pyramidal neurons and plasticity, and deep convolutional networks to study representation learning in the neocortex. Prior experience with Python, NEURON, and/or PyTorch would be an asset.

This project will be undertaken in collaboration with Profs. Yoshua Bengio (UdeM, Mila), Roberto Araya (UdeM, CRCHUSJ), and Blake Richards (McGill, Mila).

Start date: As soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selection of applications will begin on October 15th, 2020.

Montreal, Canada is a thriving international hub for Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience research, with a booming AI industry. It’s where Donald O. Hebb originally formulated Hebbian Learning. It’s also a vibrant, funky, cosmopolitan yet affordable city of over 4 million, referred to as “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle magazine. In 2017, Montreal was ranked the 12th-most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its annual Global Liveability Ranking, and the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings.

For more details and instructions how to apply, please visit:

Contact information

Eilif B. Muller, Ph.D.
IVADO Assistant Research Professor
Department of Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
Associate Faculty Member – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute (Mila)
Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine
3175 Côte Sainte-Catherine,
Montréal QC
H3T 1C5, Canada

Graduate Study Opportunity in Insect Neuroethology – University of Manitoba

The Invertebrate Neuroethology Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba is seeking one or two talented MSc or PhD students starting in the Fall term of 2021. Our laboratory is interested in how brains select appropriate behavioural responses to varying conditions, how different brains produce different behaviours, and how brains change with age and experience. Using primarily honey bees and cockroaches, we employ immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, and a wide variety of behavioural assays.

Application deadline for Canadian and US applicants: June 1, 2021.
Application deadline for international applicants: March 1, 2021.

For more information, please contact Dr. Byron N. Van Nest at least two months prior to these deadlines.

Contact information

Dr. Byron N. Van Nest
Assistant Professor
Invertebrate Neuroethology Laboratory
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Manitoba
212B Biological Sci Bldg
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2

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Graduate positions (PhD/MSc) in Pain Neuroimmunology and Chronobiology | Ghasemlou lab at Queen’s University

The Pain Chronobiology & Neuroimmunology lab ( is seeking applications from outstanding candidates interested in pursuing PhD studies in neuroimmunology and pain physiology. We use animal models of postsurgical pain, chronic neuropathy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and Lyme disease, and also studies changes in people living with chronic pain. Current projects include:

  • Neuro-immune control of dendritic cell activation in post-operative pain
  • Peripheral and central neuroinflammation in chronic Lyme disease pain
  • Identifying biomarkers of chronic low back pain using RNA-Seq

Projects in our lab seek to dissect mechanisms underlying interactions between the nervous and immune systems, with a focus on pain. All PhD projects will span clinical (human) and preclinical (mouse) studies, and will use a wide spectrum of approaches, including animal behavior, micro-surgery, molecular biology (flow cytometry, RNA/protein work, immunofluorescence, cell culture), and genetically-modified mouse models. Self-motivated individuals with background (BSc, MSc) in a relevant field (neurosciences, immunology, circadian biology, epidemiology) are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be creative, capable of working independently and in groups, and will be expected to analyze data and write manuscripts. Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter, CV, transcripts, and

names/contact details of at least one reference to Dr. Nader Ghasemlou at Preference is given to Canadian residents/citizens.

Please visit for an overview of the lab.

Contact information

Please send all relevant materials to Dr. Nader Ghasemlou at

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Graduate student position: Influence of dopaminergic signals on motor plasticity and recovery – EthierLab – Université Laval

The laboratory of Dr. Christian Ethier is currently recruiting graduate students at the masters or PhD levels for a research project in the field of motor neuroscience to begin during the fall 2020 or winter 2021 semesters.

The goal of this project is to investigate the potential of dopaminergic signals to drive neuronal plasticity and promote motor recovery in rat models of stroke. The project will involve behavioural training, surgical injections and implants, optogenetics and immunohistochemistry, and will take place in the dynamic CERVO Brain Research Center.

Applicants from diverse scientific background will be considered, including engineering, biology and neurosciences. Priority will be given to students with knowledge or skills in:

  • Systems neuroscience
  • Motor system (cortex, basal ganglia, spinal cord function and anatomy)
  • Programming (Matlab, Python, C/C++)
  • Neural plasticity
  • Rodent behavioral tests
  • Dopaminergic systems and function
  • Chronic implants, rodent surgical skills
  • Electrical, optogenetic stimulation
  • Immunohistochemistry, RNAscope, Fluorescence imaging

Contact information

To apply or obtain further information, please send your CV, a motivation letter, and the name of 3 references to Christian Ethier directly:

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Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researcher Position – Brouillette lab, Montreal

The Brouillette Lab at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal (CIUSSS-NIM) invites applicants for a doctoral and postdoctoral researcher position in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory deficits. Specific research topics include the effect of Aβ oligomers on sleep during aging, the impact of Aβ oligomers on different cell types in the hippocampus, the role of the phosphatase STEP on social memory, and blood biomarkers for early AD. We are using state-of-the-art equipment to perform laser microdissection, optogenetic, molecular/cellular biology, and behavioural testing with various animal models. These full-time positions and projects are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Weston Brain Institute. Funding is available for three to five years. The start date is immediate but flexible. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The annual stipend is consistent with CIHR funding levels.


Candidates should have a degree in neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, pharmacology, genetic, or a related field. Ideal applicants will have experience in molecular/cellular biology, animal behavioural testing, and knowledge of statistics. Additional preferred qualifications include experience with laser microdissection and optogenetic.

Contact information

Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing research experience and interests, university transcript, and contact information for 2-3 references by e-mail to Jonathan Brouillette (e-mail:

Principal Investigator
Dr. Jonathan Brouillette, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
Université de Montréal

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Graduate student position studying astrocyte-neuron interactions – Stobart laboratory, University of Manitoba

We are seeking a motivated graduate student with an interest in glial biology to work on an exciting project related to astrocyte ionotropic signaling and synaptic modulation. We have developed cutting-edge in vivo calcium imaging techniques to simultaneously monitor astrocyte and neuron activity and we will combine this with novel mouse models to probe astrocyte signaling in the tripartite synapse. There will be opportunities to learn animal handling, stereotaxic injection of AAVs, in vivo two-photon calcium microscopy, intrinsic optical imaging, histological techniques, behaviour testing, image analysis (with MATLAB), and statistics (with R). Please see our lab website for more information (
This work is funded by NSERC.


  • Excellent academic standing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills and the ability to think independently
  • Related lab experience is preferred (but not mandatory)

Successful candidates will be admitted to the graduate program through the College of Pharmacy, where they are expected to complete some course work in addition to research experiments. All students will be paid a stipend to cover tuition and living expenses.

Please submit a letter with statement of research interests, CV including research experience, a copy of recent transcripts and contact details for 2 references by email.

Contact information

Dr. Jill Stobart
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
University of Manitoba
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

BRAIN CREATE | Interdisciplinary Training Program for New Neurotechnologies


Want to develop and commercialize the neurotechnology of the future?

Professors Marc Poulin and Richard Wilson from the University of Calgary are pleased to announce new cutting-
edge training opportunities with full scholarships for MSc and PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Training draws heavily on elective workshops and is focused in labs developing drugs, devices and protocols that improve
nervous system function and monitoring. Funding will be provided for up to 100 trainees over the next 5 years.


  • Training in both neurosciences and integrated physiology
  • Training in technology transfer, patenting, and commercialization
  • Fully-funded scholarships
  • Opportunities for international travel
  • World-class supervisors

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