Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist – Canadian Brain Research Strategy & Neuroethics Canada

Job Title: Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist
Location: Vancouver – Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Technicians & Research Assists
Job Category: Non Union Research/Technical
Classification Title: Research Asst/Tech 3
Business Title: Research Asst/Tech 3
VP/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Department: Neurology Division
Salary Range: $46,855.00 (minimum) – $51,096.00 (midpoint) – $55,339.00 (maximum)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Funding Type: Budget Funded
Available Openings: 1

Job Summary

A key position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual to join Neuroethics Canada at UBC, in beautiful Vancouver, BC, in a dual Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist (KTS) role. The first 50% of the position will be dedicated to assisting the Director with the daily lab management of Neuroethics Canada and developing multimedia KT materials for a large NIH grant dedicated to drug resistant epilepsy. The other to 50% will be to serve as the inaugural KT and Communications Specialist for the Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS) Secretariat. The person in this exciting position will be dedicated to ensuring the rapid and mutual flow of ideas and innovations from researchers to receptor communities. This role focuses both on building partnerships and on nurturing and protecting one of Canada’s most important assets: leadership in ethically sound and culturally appropriate neuroethics and neuroscience.

Organizational Status

Upwards: Directly to the Director of Neuroethics Canada, Dr. Judy Illes

Interaction and liaisons: CBRS Chair and Co-Chair based at Laval University, CBRS Executive
Director, Events Specialist, Communications Co-ordinator, Faculty, International Brain Initiative
(IBI) collaborators, graduate research assistants, research assistants, and research interns.

Work Performed

The responsibilities of this position will focus on lab management and resource development on the one hand, and building the knowledge translation arm of CBRS and bringing it national visibility among the neuroscience and other relevant communities on the other. The task at hand will require the design and implementation of a diverse array of methods. To this end, the successful candidate will:

  • assist with daily operations of Neuroethics Canada, including lab meetings, student mentoring, grants reporting
  • participate in, finalize, and report on data analysis for NIH epilepsy grant
  • develop multimedia resource materials to doctors, clinics, families and youth based on the empirical work of the NIH grant on pediatric epilepsy and neurotechnology
  • develop and manage community consultations for ongoing and integrated KT for Neuroethics Canada and the CBRS
  • interface with patient and advocacy communities
  • promote CBRS among early career scholars and students
  • develop and manage and community conversations for during and end-of-project KT
  • launching new KT initiatives in response to the evolution of the CBRS and needs of its constituents across Canada and its relationship with the IBI.
  • lead and participate actively in regular meetings of the CBRS Secretariat and Neuroethics Canada
  • contribute to new Neuroethics and CBRS initiatives as they arise

Supervision Received

Reports directly to the Director of Neuroethics Canada/CBRS co-Chair.

Supervision Given

None given.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Loss of credibility of the CBRS among the professional and stakeholder communities. All activities
must adhere to the highest standards of excellence and ethics.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant discipline, such as neuroscience and science policy. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience, especially with respect to knowledge translation. Excellent academic credentials. Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and design. Bilingual in English and French preferred. Computer proficiency. Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

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 B.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.

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

How to apply

Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter (Word or PDF) via e-mail to Dr. Judy Illes (jilles@mail.ubc.ca). We thank you for your interest. Only those candidates short listed for interviews will be contacted.

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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

Brain and Cognitive Science, Assistant Professor – Dept. of Psychology – University of Manitoba

Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba – Brain and Cognitive Science, Assistant Professor – Position #29509

The Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the area of Brain and Cognitive Science. Review of applications will begin on December 7, 2020 and the appointment has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.

We seek a colleague with an active and promising program of research in any area of Brain and Cognitive Science, with preference for candidates whose research program will enhance the Brain and Cognitive Science program area’s intellectual, technological and methodological diversity.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally competitive research program, attract external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, supervise graduate and undergraduate research, and contribute to departmental service.

Candidates must have a PhD in Psychology or a related field completed at the start date of the appointment. Postdoctoral or equivalent experience will be considered an asset. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated research excellence, including a track record of peer-reviewed publications, a record of presentations at national and international conferences, and the potential to attract external grant funding. Preference will also be given to candidates with evidence of prior teaching excellence or potential for future teaching excellence. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest research-intense University. The Department of Psychology is the largest academic unit in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba with 34 faculty members, 14 support staff, over 110 graduate students, and ample space for offices, laboratories, and classrooms. More information about the University, the Department, the City, and the Province can be found at the links below.

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 three letters of reference sent directly from the referees.

All application materials should be in electronic form, sent by email to Jamie McMillan (Jamie.McMillan@umanitoba.ca), and addressed to:

Dr. Dan Bailis, Head
c/o Jamie McMillan
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

R3T 2N2

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 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.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Contact information

Dr. Dan Bailis, Head

c/o Jamie McMillan

Jamie.McMillan@umanitoba.ca

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Posting end date: 2020/12/11

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.

Contact information

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

Executive Director – Canadian Brain Research Strategy

The Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS) is a grass-roots initiative launched by leading Canadian neuroscientists, in partnership with representatives of the Neurological Health Charities of Canada (NHCC), to develop a strategy with the aim to position the advancement of knowledge about the brain among the national research priorities. By leveraging existing investments in brain science and by adopting a big-science approach to discovery, CBRS can transform the future of Canadian society.

The power of CBRS comes from Canada’s deep scientific expertise in brain research, artificial intelligence and neuroethics, combined with clinical excellence. Its vision is of innovative and collaborative brain research that will drive policy as well as social, health and economic advancement for Canada and the world. CBRS, with its focus on open, collaborative and transdisciplinary brain research, provides the road map to take us there.

The creation of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This network will coordinate Canada’s participation in the International Brain Initiative, which brings together the world’s major brain research projects. Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death worldwide. The coordinated efforts of brain researchers from all over Canada, through the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network, will offer an unprecedented chance to reduce this burden and to improve the quality of life of Canadians.

  • For more information about The Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS), please visit: www.canadianbrain.ca.

The Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network is headed up by Dr. Yves De Koninck, a professor with Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine and director of the CERVO Brain Research Centre, and Dr. Judy Illes, a professor at the University of British Columbia and director of Neuroethics Canada. The heads of 31 teams from Canada’s leading neuroscience institutes and research centres will join with them in developing the strategy. The coalition Neurological Health Charities Canada will bring the voice of Canadians affected by brain conditions to strategy development.

Role and Mission of the Executive Director

The full time Executive Director (ED) will manage the daily operations and initiatives of the CBRS, and ensure sound budget, financial and human resources management. The ED will serve as a key liaison to the participating institutions and stakeholders, manage surveys among members, coordinate task forces, work with members and the KT and Communication specialist to draft documents, and support the development of national platforms along the goals expressed by the collective membership of CBRS.

Nature of the contribution

The Executive Director will report to CBRS President and Co-President, with the key mandate to:

  • Create a unifying and inspirational vision that will take into account the reality of potential or actual partners, as well as NHCC’s needs.
  • Leverage, around this vision, the full potential that the CBRS Network has, with a view, notably, to respond to the challenge put by the CIHR who wish to contribute to positioning the advancement of knowledge about the brain among the national research priorities.

The role of the Executive Director is to develop strategies that will ensure that the Canadian Brain Research Strategy become an essential driver for the development of brain research in Canada and around the world.

Finally, together with the leaders and the Steering Committee that he will be working with, the Executive Director will oversee the strategic planning, the governance, and the representation with various stakeholders. He will also be responsible for all activities related to the financial, operational, communicational and organizational development of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy.

Key Challenges

  • Oversee the organizational structure of the new CBRS initiative, including its operational management and the recruitment of its operative staff;
  • Take a lead role in the development, approval and implementation of the strategic plan of CBRS, based on the vision initiated by the Steering Committee;
  • Sustain the mobilization of key players in the Neurology Ecosystem, in conjunction with the members of the Management Committee;
  • Actively pursue and secure the recruitment of potential partners to join in this initiative (in the short, medium, and long-term);
  • In collaboration with all leaders, ensure that the Research Compliance Program is in line with
    the objectives of the initiative;
  • Ensure the long-term financial sustainability of CBRS by creating a leverage effect from the initial funding put on the table;
  • Provide updates on the project’s progress, and submit the various reports required by the Steering Committee;
  • Contribute to the defining of performance indicators;
  • Assure the management of CBRS human resources;
  • Prepare the annual budget for approval by the Executive Committee, and ensure regular monitoring with quarterly reports;
  • Plan and coordinate communications and official correspondence on behalf of the Executive Committee and CBRS;
  • Establish CBRS communication and visibility plans to assure their long-term viability and leadership at the provincial, national and international levels.
  • Act as CBRS representative and official spokesperson.

Competency Profile

Experience

For this position, we are looking for candidates having demonstrated, during the course of their career, the following experience, skills, and personal suitability:

  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. is an asset);
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a position involving similar responsibilities;
  • Extensive team and project management experience;
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Health Research and Innovation sphere within the Quebec and Canadian communities;
  • Demonstrated skills in business development;
  • Established credibility and ability to convene effectively with decision-makers and key players in research and innovation activities in the field of neurology (asset);
  • Budget management skills; Analysis and interpretation of financial statements;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and English.

Skills and personal suitability

  • Superior demonstration in the development of a strategic vision and operational implementation;
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive (ability to secure organizational growth);
  • Political sense, diplomatic skills, and business acumen;
  • Creativity, audacity and innovation;
  • Leader with the ability to motivate, inspire and engage employees;
  • Remote management experience;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Outstanding communication, representation and collaboration skills;
  • High degree of mobility (frequent travel).

Candidates who wish to apply for this position must provide us with their current resume, along with a Letter of Interest (maximum of 2 pages) describing their interest for this opportunity. You will receive an acknowledgement by email that your documents have been received.

 

Via email: krobert@electi.ca
Message Subject: Executive Director – The Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS)
Date of Employment: The successful candidate will take office as soon as possible, following the date of appointment.

Equal Access Employment Program:
The Canadian Brain Research Strategy provides an environment that is free of discrimination, and invites Women, Indigenous people, visible or ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to submit their application. If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in your hiring evaluation process, please let us know in a timely manner so accommodation measures may be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. We will keep this information strictly confidential.