Research Associate position – Chacron laboratory, McGill University

  • Position Title: Research Associate
  • Hiring Unit: Department of Physiology
  • Supervisor: Dr. Maurice Chacron
  • Work Location: McIntyre Building, rooms 1146 and 1106-1108
  • Hours per week & Working Schedule: 40 hours/week: Monday-Friday 9h00 – 18h00 Hourly
  • Wage: $27.18 – $38.42, commensurate with experience
  • Planned Start Date & End Date of appointment: January 1, 2020, for 2 year with a possibility of extension
  • Date of Posting: August 19, 2019
  • Deadline to Apply: September 18, 2019


Our laboratory is interested in understanding how neural populations within the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish encode sensory input in order to give rise to perception and behavior. To achieve this goal, we employ a variety of approaches ranging from electrophysiology to behavior. Importantly, we have recently started using high-density arrays (e.g., neuropixel probes) in order to acquire data from large neural populations in awake behaving animals.
We are looking for a research associate who will assume a leadership role towards further developing the use of large density arrays towards recording from large neural populations simultaneously in awake behaving animals.
The successful applicant will be responsible for all aspects of our research program, such as performing surgeries on the animals, developing new stimulation protocols that better mimic natural stimuli experienced by these animals, performing electrophysiological recordings from neurons in awake behaving animals, recording the animal’s behavioral responses, using computational techniques to analyze the data, as well as being involved in all aspects of manuscript preparation and submission.
It is expected that the successful applicant will perform these duties diligently and mostly independently in consultation with the principal investigator.


PhD in Biological Sciences, with at least 5 years of post-doctoral research experience working on the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish.


Strong systems neurophysiology background working with weakly electric fish. The set of required skills include: single and multiunit extracellular recording techniques from neurons in awake behaving weakly electric fish using high-density arrays, experimental surgery, behavioral assays, computer programming, and data analysis such as spike sorting using state of the art programs (e.g., kilosort), knowledge of Matlab and parallel computing on large clusters, as well as excellent organizational and communication skills.


Please send your application (cover letter indicating your qualifications and expertise, as well as your career goals and objectives) and CV to Dr. Maurice Chacron:

We thank all the candidates for their interest towards this position. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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