Post-doctoral Fellow in Neuropsychopharmacology – Khokhar lab – University of Guelph

The Khokhar Lab ( researches the interactions between substance use and serious mental illness, with an eye toward treatment of these disorders using a variety of behavioural and circuit-interrogation methods. The Post-doctoral Fellow will conduct brain imaging and behavioural experiments assessing the effects of alcohol drinking and chemogenetic or pharmacologic manipulation in a rat model of schizophrenia (5-year CIHR-funded grant).

Previous experience with pre-clinical MRI imaging (e.g., fMRI, DTI, MRS) is preferred. In addition, previous experience with schizophrenia (e.g., pre-pulse inhibition) and addiction-like behaviours (e.g., self-administration) would be beneficial. The Post-doctoral fellow will also provide input with respect to appropriate methodology, procedures, equipment and standards to produce required research data and apply specialized knowledge and principles to review, appraise and interpret published literature, summarize research findings, and draft scientific/technical reports, manuscripts, grant proposals while establishing and maintaining effective relationships with lab members, and presenting research findings (may include presenting findings at conferences).

Minimum Qualifications: PhD degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biomedical Physics, with related research experience (pre-clinical MRI Imaging and Behavioural methods above).

The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply to extramural funding, but funding is in place for renewal of contract beyond the first year. The expected start date is as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, current CV, and a list of 3 references to Dr. Jibran Khokhar at We will notify applicants before contacting any references.

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