Postdoctoral Position Available in the Breton-Provencher lab at U. Laval: Noradrenaline, acetylcholine and learning

Join our dynamic and innovative research team at the CERVO Brain Research Centre of Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. Established in 2021, our team is dedicated to unraveling the intricate mechanisms underlying learning and memory. We are excited to announce a funded postdoctoral position focused on exploring the role of neuromodulation in learning consolidation.

Project Overview:
The successful candidate will engage in a stimulating project investigating the impact of neuromodulators, such as acetylcholine and noradrenaline, on learning consolidation. Utilizing advanced methods like in vivo electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, and animal behavior analysis, the project aims to elucidate the neural mechanisms governing the consolidation of motor learning. This project aligns with our general research focus, which centers on understanding the influence of neuromodulatory systems on learning. For further insights into our work, please refer to Breton-Provencher and Sur’s publication in Nature Neuroscience (2019) and Breton-Provencher et al.’s recent article in Nature (2022).


  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related field.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following: in vivo electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, animal surgery, programming languages (Python/MATLAB), and data analysis.
  • Expertise and productivity in neuroscience research.
  • Independence in research, creative problem-solving skills, and a collaborative mindset.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team.

Lab Environment:
Our lab fosters a collaborative, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment where creativity, scientific rigor, and innovative thinking are valued. As a young lab, we provide ample opportunities for professional growth and encourage independence in research pursuits. We offer support for various career paths, whether in academia or industry. The lab is located in Québec City, known for its safety, affordability, and family-friendly environment.

The project is funded by a 3-year grant from the US Department of Defense. Additionally, candidates can apply for several other funding opportunities for international post-docs available through the Québec (e.g., FRQS) and Canadian (e.g., CIHR, NSERC) funding systems. The lab is supported by NSERC, Brain Canada, CFI, FNFR, and the CERVO Research Centre.

Interested candidates of ALL BACKGROUNDS should submit a cover letter describing research interests and relevant experience, along with a curriculum vitae.

Join us in unraveling the mysteries of neuromodulator systems in the brain!

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