Independent Scientist (Focus: Cognitive Neuroscience) – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Position Description:

The Research Imaging Centre (RIC) at CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Institute is a state of the art imaging facility and is one of the few imaging centres in the world fully dedicated to research on mental illness and addiction. The RIC is home to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, staff and research trainees with a primary objective of discovering new paths in brain chemistry, structure, function and behavior to better understand mental illnesses and advance treatments.

We are seeking a strong candidate with MR imaging experience to play a pivotal leadership role to build a research program in cognitive neuroscience using brain imaging techniques. The incumbent will work closely with Psychologists and Clinician Scientists devoted to the clinical impact of cognitive impairment, and mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction (e.g. neurophysiological) and disability to design cognitive neuroscience clinical trials to cut across psychopharmacology, brain stimulation and psychosocial interventions. The position will also support colleagues, particularly RIC scientists in experimental design and task-based fMRI; work in a collaborative inter-disciplinary environment that spans fundamental and clinical research and support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.

Specific responsibilities and expectations include but are not limited to:

  • Mentor, train and manage a team of research staff and trainees;
  • Develop and lead curriculum and training initiatives including MRI methodology training and application of fMRI and cognitive neuroscience paradigms;
  • Communicate statistical analyses through manuscripts and reports;
  • Lead the design and submission of externally funded applications as the Principal Investigator and manage budget to ensure support of operational resources;
  • Foster collaborations within the RIC, psychologists interested in cognitive neuroscience, and basic science researchers interested in the molecular mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction and disability;
  • Develop and analyze research imaging data, using statistical methods;
  • Coach data management and programming staff to ensure accuracy and completeness of databases/file structures/coding conventions;
  • Disseminate research results through presentations at academic meetings and conferences and communicate ideas to key decision makers;

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and the successful applicant will need to obtain academic affiliation with a University department at the Assistant Professor level or above. Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an Associate level academic affiliation. However candidates eligible for an Assistant level will be considered if they have demonstrated research experience in MR imaging.

This full-time, three year contract position is located at 250 College St., Toronto.


The successful applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in Health Sciences and 3 years prior experience in MR imaging as evidenced by conference proceedings and peer-reviewed publications. Your experience will include working in MRI research and interdisciplinary collaborative research within a mental health/addiction, government, hospital, or community organization. You will have expertise in identifying optimal study designs for specific scientific questions related to the use of fMRI and cognitive neuroscience; the development of new methodology to integrate data between different brain imaging methods; and, post-acquisition processing approaches to advance the understanding of brain disorders. You will have demonstrated proficiency and familiarity with the LINUX and Microsoft Windows operating systems and the ability to write basic processing scripts in programming language and simulation tools such as Matlab, IDL, Mathematica and/or Octave. Understanding of the role of individual variability in cognitive performance and MRI data, demonstrated ability to use data-driven techniques, and knowledge of methods development with multi-centre, publicly available brain imaging data, quality assurance and considerations of data provenance are an asset.

The successful candidate will also possess sound judgment, excellent organizational, communication (verbal/written) and strong analytical skills. The demonstrated ability to cultivate internal and external relationships and collaborate effectively with colleagues, decision makers and the scientific community is required. You must be able to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team. The capacity to work with individuals of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is required. Bilingualism (English/French) and/or proficiency in a second language is considered an asset.

Internal Number: 848955

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About Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s leading mental health and addiction teaching hospital and research institution. CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH provides a unique combination of clinical care and research, policy, education and health promotion expertise to help improve the lives of people impacted by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH has Canada’s largest mental health and addictions research program, bringing together internationally recognized biological, psychological and social researchers, doing work that ranges from molecular neurosciences to social policy development. CAMH Research advances knowledge about the cause of mental health and addiction disorders; develops improved diagnostic and evaluation techniques; develops customized, effective treatment, rehabilitation, prevention and health promotion strategies; and enhances knowledge about policies and systems to best serve affected populations. The research program at CAMH supports advanced teaching and training of researchers and other health professionals.

Posting end date 2019/10/11