Assistant Professor (tenure-track) – Basic Scientist: spinal cord injury recovery and regeneration – ICORD – Dept. Cellular & Physiological Sciences – UBC

The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and The International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track).

ICORD is partnering with the UBC Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences to seek an outstanding basic science researcher with a focus on spinal cord injury (SCI) and the recovery and regeneration of the injured spinal cord.

ICORD (www.icord.org) is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research group with 45 principal investigators collaborating on its vision to make SCI preventable, livable, and curable. ICORD has its home in a 10,000 m2 state-of-the art research facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus, shared with our partner the Vancouver Coastal Health’s Brenda and David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic.

The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences does world-class research aimed at understanding the fundamental workings of cells and organisms in an effort to identify the underlying causes of human diseases. The Department’s research is diverse, with Investigators working in a wide range of the leading invertebrate and vertebrate model systems and using biochemical, molecular genetic, cellular and physiological approaches. The Department has particular strengths in neuroscience, endocrinology, development and cancer. The robust collaborative spirit between the Department’s Investigators drives increasingly multidisciplinary research programs in each laboratory. This includes the incorporation of the latest technologies in molecular biology, genetics, next-generation genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and genetically-engineered animal models to complement our expertise in cell biological and physiology. Faculty members in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences (www.cellphys.ubc.ca) are internationally recognized for their strength in neuroscience and in investigating the molecular and cellular processes underlying complex biological systems and human disease. Strong ties to the David Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/) and ICORD ensure that the successful applicant will have a rich, collaborative, environment for their research program, offering bench to bedside opportunities.

Reporting to the Department Head, the successful applicant will hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent with postdoctoral research experience in basic SCI research. Candidates will be able to work collaboratively and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to execute a vigorous research program related to neural regeneration, and/or neural repair of the injured spinal cord. Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong record of research productivity, with potential to establish a successful research program. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated or show potential for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching as well as supervision of students and trainees at all levels, and will be expected to participate actively in departmental and faculty endeavours. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, research vision, and the names and contact information for at least four references (one of which should be arm’s length) should be directed by email to the address below by August 31, 2021:

Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, c/o Ms. Cheryl Niamath

ICORD – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

818 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z1M9

admin@icord.org

 

Review of the applications will begin in September 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Anticipated start date of this position:

July 1, 2022

Contact information

Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, c/o Ms. Cheryl Niamath

ICORD – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

818 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z1M9

admin@icord.org

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Posting end date

2021/10/31

Master’s Position Available to Study the Role of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) during Traumatic Brain Injury – Lindsey/Logue Labs, University of Manitoba

This project uniquely investigates the role of the unfolded protein response (UPR) in regulating the regenerative ability of neural stem cells following traumatic brain injury (TBI) using the zebrafish model. The objective of the proposed study is to identify the temporal dynamics of UPR signaling during the repair process, characterize the cell types in which the UPR is activated, and ask if modulating UPR signaling can impact upon repair after TBI. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr. Benjamin Lindsey (expert in neural stem cells and repair in the zebrafish model) and Dr. Susan Logue (Canada Research Chair in Cell Stress and Inflammation) and learn cutting edge cell biology, microscopy and molecular biology techniques. The successful candidate will be admitted to the Human Anatomy and Cell Science graduate program where they will be expected to complete coursework in addition to their lab based research.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Excellent academic standing
• Strong work ethic and passion for discovery
• Interest in neuroscience, cell signaling, and microscopy
• Experience or interest in using animal models
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Deadline: June 1, 2021; Start Date: September 1, 2021
Contact information:

benjamin.lindsey@umanitoba.ca

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Posting end date 2021/08/31

Research Technologist position in neurophysiology at The Hospital for Sick Children

About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Investigator, the technologist will assist with neurobehavioural research. Specifically, our lab focuses on understanding the molecular and synaptic mechanisms underlying social memory using mouse and zebrafish models.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do:

  • Performing electrophysiology, molecular biology, imaging and behavioural experiments
  • Maintaining animal colonies
  • Collecting experimental data, verifying results, performing analysis and passing on findings
  • Working in collaboration with team of researchers and trainees

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Recent Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology, Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology or equivalent degree
  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience preferably in a basic neuroscience research laboratory setting
  • Experience working with mice and/or zebrafish is preferred
  • Electrophysiology experience is considered an asset
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience with molecular biology techniques (e.g. cloning, PCR, western blotting, preparation of buffers and standard solutions), genetic methods (e.g. the design and execution of genetic crosses), and microscopy techniques, including preparation of specimens for immunofluorescence microscopy
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting experimental results, troubleshooting experiments, and managing priorities and deadlines
  • Experience with computer software tools (e.g. Microsoft Office, R/SPSS, and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator)
  • Coding experience preferably Python is an asset
  • Experience with online molecular biology analysis tools (e.g. BLAST and primer design tools)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to exercise initiative and deal effectively with other lab members

Employment Type:

Full-time 15 Month Contract with a possibility of extension, 1.0 FTE

A complete application should include a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of 2 references. Once the suitable candidate is identified, the position will commence immediately upon completion of the necessary paperwork. The position will remain open until filled.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.

If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

How to Apply

Please use the following link to view the complete posting and to apply.

https://career.sickkids.ca:8001/psc/CRPRD/CAREER/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=13581&PostingSeq=1

Tip: Combine your cover letter and resume into ONE document of 20 pages or less as you cannot upload multiple documents as part of your application.

If you are still experiencing technical difficulties please email ask.hr@sickkids.ca to send us a short description of the issues you are experiencing. Please note that we will not accept resumes sent to this inbox but we are happy to respond to requests for technical assistance.

 

Contact information

Apply through the Hospital for Sick Children Career Board:

Please use the following link to view the complete posting and to apply.

https://career.sickkids.ca:8001/psc/CRPRD/CAREER/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=13581&PostingSeq=1

 

Posting end date

2021/02/10

 

Neurology Clinician Scientist Fellowships – Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute – University of Alberta

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the University of Alberta is offering two fellowships to attract outstanding clinician scientists in training to the University of Alberta to conduct postdoctoral research in neurology and neuroscience: The Mildred I. Olsen Neurology Fellowship and The University Hospital Foundation Neurology Fellowship.

The NMHI is a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary teaching and research institute located at the University of Alberta. It is home to over 150 scientists and clinicians, spanning across all areas of neuroscience and mental health.

Eligibility

To apply for this competition:

  • Your supervisor must be a member of the NMHI (applicants must identify and contact a potential NMHI supervisor before applying);
  • You must hold an MD and plan to work in an area that falls within the NMHI research areas;
  • You must provide a complete application form along with all required accompanying documents.

Award Details

The Mildred I. Olsen Neurology Fellowship and the University Hospital Foundation Neurology Fellowship will be awarded for a term of one year. The value of each fellowship is $70,000 to be used towards salary costs; supervisors are responsible for benefits.

Supervisors are required to provide funding to support trainees beyond the first year. Trainees may hold this award once per eligible training program. Funding is non-transferable. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and/or awardee to inform the NMHI if they receive another award. Awardees are required to accept alternate funding. The awards are tenable at the University of Alberta.

Application

Please visit the NMHI website for details on how to apply.

Contact information

nmhicoms@ualberta.ca

Posting end date

2020/11/29

 

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

Description

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.

Qualifications

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 (johannes.a.frasnelli@uqtr.ca)

Three-years funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Multiscale Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease – Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Brain Macroscopic Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher, for joining the Neuroinformatics for Personalized Medicine lab (NeuroPM) at the Montreal Neurological Institute (McGill University, Montreal, Canada). The postdoc will be under the primary supervision of Prof. Yasser Iturria-Medina and will collaborate with multiple associated groups, including the McGill Center for Studies in Aging, CERVO – Laval Univ., Lady Davis Research Institute, Yale Child Study Center and Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine. The project, initially funded for 3 years and potentially extendable, includes the analysis of molecular and macroscopic brain alterations in AD, with a particular interest on characterizing disease evolution with novel computational techniques. For examples, see our recent publications: https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awz400 and doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.06.028

The NeuroPM lab (http://www.neuropm-lab.com/) is affiliated with the Healthy brain for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative (https://www.mcgill.ca/hbhl/), the Ludmer Center (http://ludmercentre.ca/), and the McConnell Brain Imaging Center (https://www.mcgill.ca/bic/), involving computationally intensive and interdisciplinary research on the brain. The MNI is an internationally renowned institution, characterized by the integration of research and patient care.

Interested candidates should have a solid background and multiple publications in genetics and brain imaging in neurodegeneration. Experience in brain computational modeling will be an asset. Interested persons should send their CV and two reference contacts.

Contact information

Yasser Iturria Medina, Email: yasser.iturriamedina@mcgill.ca

 

Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowships – Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the University of Alberta is offering two Dr. Rowland and Muriel Haryett Neuroscience Fellowships to attract outstanding scientists in training to the University of Alberta to conduct postdoctoral research in neuroscience.

The NMHI is a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary teaching and research institute located at the University of Alberta. It is home to over 150 scientists and clinicians, spanning across all areas of neuroscience and mental health.

Eligibility

To apply for this competition:

  •  Your supervisor must be a member of the NMHI (applicants must identify and contact a potential NMHI supervisor before applying);
  • You must hold a PhD and plan to work in an area that falls within the NMHI research areas;
  • You must provide a complete application form along with all required accompanying documents (see Application section below)

Award Details

Two Dr. Rowland and Muriel Haryett Neuroscience Fellowships will be awarded for a term of one year. The value of each fellowship is $50,000 to be used towards salary costs; supervisors are responsible for benefits.

Supervisors are responsible for funding to support trainees beyond the first year. Trainees may hold this award once per eligible training program. Funding is non-transferable. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and/or awardee to inform the NMHI if they receive another award. Awardees are required to accept alternate funding. The award is tenable at the University of Alberta.

Application

Please visit the NMHI website for details on how to apply.

Contact information

nmhicoms@ualberta.ca

Posting end date

2020/11/29

Two full-time tenure stream appointments in Neuroscience, University of Toronto Scarborough

The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for two full-time tenure stream appointments in Neuroscience. Both appointments are at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Context & Qualifications

The University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities.

This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Historical and Cultural Studies, the Centre for Critical Development Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired last year in four departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, or a related field, at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, an outstanding research record, and a demonstrated strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidates must employ the latest approaches to understand brain function on multiple levels ranging from the genomic and cellular to circuits and entire organisms. We are particularly interested in candidates who will create synergies with existing neuroscience research at UTSC, in areas such as motor control, learning and motivation, synaptic plasticity, sensory neurobiology, neurodegeneration, neuro-epigenetics, and the neurobiology of stress. The candidate must complement and deepen our existing departmental strengths. Research areas of interest must include one or more of the following:

  • translational neuroscience focused on understanding the molecular or systems level mechanisms underlying brain diseases
  • neuroimmunology e.g. microglia, immune responses in healthy and diseased brain
  • tool development for imaging or manipulating brain function
  • neurobiology of memory, sensory or motor systems
  • computational neuroscience
  • vertebrate and invertebrate models

The successful candidates will be expected to conduct innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research programs. Applicants must have a record of excellence in research, as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conference, awards and accolades for work in the field, an innovative research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

The successful candidates will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A commitment to excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through the teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities documented in the submitted teaching materials, as well as strong letters of reference. Other teaching-related activities may include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or conference posters or presentations. The successful candidates must also show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, demonstrated through the application materials.

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Further information on the research and teaching activities of the department can be found at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~biosci/.

The University of Toronto is an international leader in biological research and education and the Department of Biological Sciences enjoys strong ties to other units within the University. The successful candidates will be cross appointed to the Graduate Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto (http://csb.utoronto.ca/), and are expected to maintain an active research program centered at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and to foster and facilitate inclusivity while working in one of Canada’s most diverse institutions. At UTSC, the new faculty members will have access to several research facilities including state of the art molecular, cellular, neuroscience, and imaging tools in the Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/cns/) and the outstanding chemistry analytical capacity offered by the TRACES Lab (Teaching and Research in Analytical Chemical and Environmental Science – http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~traceslab/).

 

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

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Application Process

Applications must include a current CV, a cover letter, a statement of research, three representative publications, a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, teaching evaluations or other teaching materials showing evidence of excellent performance in teaching related activities as listed above. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email biologygeneral@utsc.utoronto.ca by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Applications lacking reference letters will not be considered. If you have questions about this position, please email biologygeneral@utsc.utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 5, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour – McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will use computational models to investigate fundamental questions related to psychology, neuroscience, and/or behaviour. Applications from any area that applies computational modelling to understand neural function or behaviour are welcome. Applications from early-career candidates are especially encouraged. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, big data analytics and machine learning applied to neural or behavioural data, computational models of reward and motivation, computational models of learning and memory, computational models of social interactions, and computational models of spatial navigation. The candidate could apply models to any level of analysis, from neurons to circuits to systems to populations.

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has long-standing strengths in cognitive and computational neuroscience, sensory systems and behavioural neuroscience, perception, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage collaboration among researchers and educators, and have close ties with the Departments of Biology, Kinesiology, Music, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience. Many of our faculty are affiliated with McMaster’s interdisciplinary graduate programs in Neuroscience and Computational Science & Engineering. For more information on the Department, please visit https://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at baileyd@mcmaster.ca to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply

Complete applications must be made online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 34946) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Bruce Milliken, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  • a current Curriculum Vitae, and three (3) representative publications (reprints or preprints)
  • a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  • a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
  • the names and full contact information of at least three referees.
  • Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin December 10, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that any full- time, permanent faculty member of the Department can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members achieve a work-life balance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package: “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.” Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Postdoctoral researcher to lead project on neural mechanisms underlying odor-guided behavior at McGill University

We invite candidates to work on a multidisciplinary project investigating the neural circuit mechanisms underlying odor-guided behavior at McGill University. This is a multi-year project funded by NeuroNex (FRQ) and led by principal investigator Dr. Tomoko Ohyama (https://tomoko-oyama.squarespace.com/).

Smell is an ancient sense that almost every animal possesses. Although we rely on it less than many other species do, it continues to influence our behavior powerfully, guiding us toward food or mates and away from danger. The proposed enterprise will bring together the expertise of both experienced and budding biologists, mathematicians, and physicists at the forefront of neuroscience research, who are tackling different aspects of what problems odor-guided behaviors solve and how nervous systems achieve those solutions.

The Ohyama group will aim to understand how neural circuits translate odor signals into dynamic and adaptive behaviors using Drosophila larvae, which is a critical component of our overall network goal of understanding how natural odors trigger natural behaviors. This postdoctoral position is a 2–3 year appointment at minimum and will provide an opportunity to lead a large multidisciplinary field study and the analyses of multi-modal, neuroimaging, and behavioral data, with the potential to make novel discoveries in the mechanisms of, and recovery from, mild traumatic brain injury.

Desired qualifications:

  • PhD in neurobiology, neuroimaging, or related field
  • Expertise in big behavior analysis, neuroimaging, or related areas
  • Strongly motivated by research and development
  • Demonstrates autonomy and excellent interpersonal competencies to operate within a team
  • Excellent scientific writing skills

To apply, please e-mail Dr. Ohyama at tomoko.ohyama@mcgill.ca with the following information.

  • E-mail subject containing “[NeuroNex Postdoc Application]”
  • Brief statement of research experiences and interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for at least 2 references

McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Q.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 

Contact information

Dr. Tomoko Ohyama
Dept. of Biology
McGill University
Montreal, QC

email: Tomoko.ohyama@mcgill.ca