Postdoctoral position to study auditory and somatosensory perception in songbirds – McGill University

The Woolley lab ( in the Department of Biology, McGill University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a 2-3-year position studying somatosensory and auditory representations in the songbird forebrain. Our lab uses awake-behaving electrophysiology, behavioral assays, pharmacology, gene expression, and computational approaches to study song preference and individual recognition in female songbirds. We have also recently received funding (in collaboration with an aeronautical engineer and a slice physiologist) to study somatosensation: how do birds feel the air during flight?

Interested candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field and a strong record of peer-reviewed research publications. Experience with electrophysiology and an interest in developing new behavioral assays are strongly preferred. Please submit a C.V. and the names of two references by email.

Contact information

Sarah C. Woolley

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Lecturer in Neurobiology – University of Otago, New Zealand



Who we are/Mō te tīma

The Department of Zoology has a strong international reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths in areas including conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary parasitology, environmental physiology, wildlife management, neurobiology and statistical modeling, as well as in molecular, functional, population, community, freshwater and behavioural ecology.

We have well-established links to the Departments of Botany and Marine Science, to the cross-disciplinary Ecology, Genetics and Neuroscience Programmes, and to other centres at the University of Otago, providing a collaborative environment and resources for innovative interdisciplinary research.

Our staff have international reputations in their areas of expertise and make major contributions to answering fundamental questions in basic and applied research.

The role/Te mahi

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Neurobiology. We are seeking a person with a relevant doctorate and demonstrated potential to develop as an outstanding researcher and teacher in an aspect of neurobiology, especially (but not limited to) computational neuroscience and/or comparative and evolutionary neuroscience.

Applicants are encouraged to identify the manner in which they will complement existing strengths in the Department and develop new and innovative directions in research and teaching.

Applications from candidates with a background in any aspect of neurobiology and a focus on animals, especially non-mammalian species, are strongly encouraged; Xenopus, zebrafish and Drosophila are readily accessible, as are an array of non-model animal species in Dunedin’s immediate environs. The ability to apply skills and expertise to other disciplines taught within the Department would be an advantage.

The Department of Zoology is committed to affording students the opportunity to engage with knowledge of animals from a Māori world view, and to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to kaupapa Māori and mātaurangaMāori, the University of Otago Māori Strategic Framework and Pacific Strategic Framework, and the Treaty of Waitangi. As such, the ability to research and teach from a kaupapa Māori perspective would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

  • A PhD with an established research focus in an area of neurobiology.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in delivering high-quality teaching and research in an aspect of neurobiology.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with neuroscience and research.
  • Be committed to and/or have established connections or track record of working with international and/or national researchers.
  • Be committed to being a productive collaborator with a track record of working collegially.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system).

The successful candidate is expected to take up duties by 1 July 2022.


To submit your application, view all current vacancies and to apply online go to:

Applications quoting reference number 2101968 will close on Monday, 1 November 2021.



Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


Posting end date: 2021/11/01


Postdoctoral fellowship in machine learning and human vision – York University

Richard Murray (Centre for Vision Research, York University;, David Brainard (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania;, and Marcus Brubaker (EECS, York University; are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a collaborative project. The successful candidate will work with the PIs on developing machine learning approaches to intrinsic image estimation, with the additional goal of creating new computational models of human visual perception of lightness, lighting, and shape.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in deep learning, Markov random fields, or other relevant machine learning methods. Experience with human visual perception (computational modelling, psychophysics) and programmatic rendering in Blender are also beneficial but not necessary.

The candidate will apply for a VISTA Postdoctoral Fellowship at York University ( with our support. This two-year fellowship and supplements from the PIs will provide CAD$65K to CAD$80K per year in salary (depending on qualifications), and an additional CAD$8.5K per year for research expenses and networking.

The successful candidate will be based in Richard Murray’s laboratory at York University, and there will also be opportunities to travel to work in David Brainard’s laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. The starting date is flexible but will be in early 2022.

The Centre for Vision Research at York University ( is a dynamic and interdisciplinary research cluster with over 40 faculty members investigating biological and computer vision, in departments ranging from physics and computer science to psychology and design. The Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania ( is the oldest continuously functioning psychology department in North America and provides a stimulating intellectual environment for the study of the mind and brain. Brainard’s laboratory is also affiliated with Penn’s Computational Neuroscience Initiative ( and MINDCore (Center for Outreach, Research, and Education;

For further information, feel free to write to Richard Murray (, David Brainard (, or Marcus Brubaker (

To apply, send a cover letter, c.v., and contact information for references to Richard Murray ( by September 10, 2021.

Both host institutions value diversity, and we encourage applications from talented individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Contact information

Richard Murray,

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music – 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 the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, beginning July 1, 2022.

McMaster is known internationally for the scientific study of music. The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) involves an interdisciplinary group of researchers from Psychology, Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Engineering, Music, and Health Science, who conduct fundamental and applied research related to music. MIMM houses the unique LIVELab (, a 106-seat research concert hall with exquisite active acoustic control and the capacity to measure movement, EEG and other physiology simultaneously in interacting musicians and audience members.

We seek a researcher who studies fundamental mechanisms and/or applied questions related to the cognitive neuroscience of music. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, sensorimotor processes underlying perception and performance; coordination between musicians; neural encoding of music; effects of experience and culture; physiological synchrony in musicians and audience members; the role of music in optimal development and/or mental health and wellbeing; the protective value of music against cognitive decline in aging; music and developmental disabilities; and improvisation and creativity. Expertise in computational modelling, measurement and analysis of EEG and other physiological signals, and movement analysis would be an asset.

In addition to the scientific study of music, the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has long-standing strengths in auditory, visual and tactile sensory systems; development; computational neuroscience; behavioural neuroscience; cognition and learning; evolutionary and social 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

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. The answering of survey questions is 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 to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 39966) by October 1, 2021 to the attention of Dr. Mel Rutherford, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:

  1. a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  2. a current Curriculum Vitae
  3. three (3) representative publications (reprints or preprints)
  4. a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
  5. a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  6. 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)
  7. 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 October 1, 2021 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 to 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.

Contact information

Dr. Bruce Milliken

Search Committee Co-chair

New Graduate Student Positions Now Available to Study the Basic Mechanisms of Multiple Sclerosis

Join a dynamic, world-class, generously funded basic and translational science team. The laboratory of Dr. Michael Levin offers personalized mentorship, state of the art laboratory facilities, customized coursework, highly competitive compensation, and the opportunity for basic scientists to work hand-in-hand with clinicians in Saskatoon City Hospital and the University of Saskatchewan. The laboratory of Dr. Michael Levin in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan has positions currently available for graduate students to study the role of abnormalities in the immune and nervous systems and how these abnormalities contribute to the pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The laboratory is located in Saskatoon City Hospital, as part of the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre. For more information about the lab and Dr. Levin, please visit

The long-term goal of research in the Levin Lab is to better understand the cause of neurodegeneration, a salient feature and cause of permanent disability in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. For more than 20 years, we have studied the function of the RNA binding protein heterogeneous nuclear ribonuclear protein A1 (hnRNP A1 – ‘A1’), with a focus on ‘M9.’ M9 is A1’s nucleocytoplasmic transport domain and is required for transport of A1 between the nucleus and cytoplasm. Our lab has discovered that MS patients make antibodies to M9 and the brains and lymphocytes of MS patients contain somatic DNA mutations within M9. Using a number of molecular, in vitro and in vivo techniques, our data indicate that DNA mutations within M9 and autoimmunity to M9 result in A1 dysfunction and subsequent neuronal and axonal degeneration. Using this model, we examine potential mechanisms of neurodegeneration in MS resulting from A1 dysfunction.

The applicant should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in molecular cellular biology, biochemistry, neurology, neuroscience or a related field. Familiarity in research using one or more of the following will be considered an asset; mouse models, imaging techniques (immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry), protein analyses, molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, etc.) and human tissue analyses. Knowledge of data analysis and interpretation using statistical software is required.

The individual should be independent, self-motivated and should be able to perform tasks with modest supervision after receiving appropriate training. Applicants must have the ability to adhere to tight deadlines, be detail oriented, possess organizational skills, and keep meticulous records. As the laboratory is a shared space, strong interpersonal skills are necessary. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for external funding opportunities.

Applicants should send the following documents to the Office of the Saskatchewan MS Clinical Research Chair via email to Ms. Catherine Hutchinson,

  1. Current CV with list of laboratory experience
  2. Transcripts (unofficial, accepted)
  3. Names and detailed contact information of three referees, one of whom should be your undergraduate research supervisor

Applicants are required to apply and be admitted to the Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan in order to fill the position. Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to provide a certificate of English proficiency. The English language requirements for a foreign candidate can be found at the CGPS website (

Contact information

Catherine Hutchinson
Research Executive Assistant to Michael C. Levin, MD


Neurologists & Locum Neurologists – Windsor Regional Hospital

Our client, Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), is a multi-faceted health services organization operating from two main sites, the Metropolitan Campus and the Ouellette Campus. With 500 beds and an operating budget of over half a billion dollars, WRH is the regional provider of advanced care in areas that include complex trauma, renal dialysis, cardiac care, stroke and neurosurgery, intensive care, acute mental health, family birthing centre, neonatal intensive care, paediatric services, and regional cancer services. WRH provides a broad range of medical and surgical services required to support these specialized areas for more than 400,000 people in Windsor and Essex County. Windsor Regional Hospital is seeking: Neurologists & Locum Neurologists

With increasing volumes, program development, and growing demands for service, WRH is seeking top tier Neurologists to join their team to contribute to service delivery excellence in the Neuro-Interventional Program. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an innovative, collegial, and mutually respectful team to contribute to neurology service delivery excellence.

There is a need to expand the group of neurologists which would include general neurologists who have interest in supporting inpatient endeavors. Full time, part time, and locum opportunities are available. WRH is also interested in recruiting subspecialty neurologists to bring unique skills to the group and community.

As a designated Enhanced District Stroke Centre, Windsor Regional Hospital provides specialized services for stroke and TIA patients offering timely hyper-acute treatments like tPA and endovascular therapy (Thrombectomy and Coiling), as well as neurosurgical services. The hospital has neurologists, neurosurgeons, and interventional radiologists on staff providing expert care for stroke patients. Following intervention and post procedure recovery and stabilization in the ICU, patients are transferred to the Acute Stroke Unit, a designated 16-bed unit dedicated to the care of Stroke patients. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for Windsor-Essex are offered locally through Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Outpatient Rehab options direct from hospital also includes the Intensive Hospital to Home Rehab program and E-Rehab services provided through the Erie St. Clair LHIN.

Physicians at WRH have the opportunity to educate and mentor residents from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, with professional staff members eligible to hold a University appointment.

Candidates must be certified, or eligible for certification, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Neurology and hold, or be eligible for, licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Offering great flexibility and work/life balance, these positions include an attractive compensation and relocation incentive package.

The Windsor-Essex area is ecologically rich with extensive parkland combined with a southwest location that extends warm weather activities such a golfing, gardening, and water sports. Windsor offers the unique opportunities of a larger metropolitan area and the benefits of a smaller community. Living directly across the border from Detroit, Michigan places you on a cosmopolitan stage where arts, culture, big league sports, and entertainment are just moments away. Best of all, you can enjoy access to all of these big-city advantages while living in the tranquility and beauty of the Windsor region.

Please forward a CV in confidence to:

Robb Callaghan, E-mail: Tel: 289-238-9079

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Academic Neurologist – Niagara Campus

The Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and Niagara Health invite applications for a full-time Academic Neurologist.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated physician with a passion for providing the highest quality care to join the department. Based primarily at the Niagara District Stroke Centre at the Greater Niagara General Site, the program works closely with our healthcare partners to provide the best in stroke care to the residents of Niagara. The Division also provides consultative services in General Neurology to diverse clinical programs across our three acute care sites. We seek a neurologist with training and expertise in EMG to assist in developing this service. The successful candidate may be a Clinician Educator or Research Educator and should be eligible for an academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.

The transformation of healthcare service delivery across Niagara continues with planning underway to build an additional ultramodern hospital in South Niagara Falls to provide accessible and quality healthcare to residents of the Southern Region. Niagara Health is positioned, by virtue of its geography and regionally distributed resources, to exemplify the best of regional capacity with local service delivery. Strong academic partnerships are a priority for the NHS as the organization builds on a robust relationship with McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Applicants should be certified (or eligible for certification) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and must be licensed (or eligible for licensure) in the Province of Ontario.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirement the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements:


“Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada” or

“No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada”


Please apply online via the McMaster Academic Careers website to

Job Opening 39133 ( directing your application to:

Lorrie Reurink, Manager, Human Resources and Faculty Recruitment

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.

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 indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or

Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or

School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679

to communicate accommodation needs

Posted on 2021-07-07 – posting end date 2021-08-08

Contact informationLorrie Reurink
Manager, Human Resources and Faculty Recruitment
Department of Medicine, McMaster University

Graduate student positions imaging brain repair available in the Brown laboratory in beautiful Victoria

Dr. Craig Brown’s laboratory in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia has 1-2 openings for graduate students. Dr. Brown’s research program is primarily interested on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity and repair. Specific themes the lab is currently exploring are: a) understanding the effects of stroke on excitatory and inhibitory neural circuit function; using optogenetic or chemogenetic approaches to manipulate these circuits to maximize functional recovery, b) elucidating endothelial and immune cell based repair of microvascular networks in the brain. To address these questions, the lab employs a multi-disciplinary approach, imaging the structure and function of neurons, microglial and endothelial cells in the living mouse brain in tandem with genetic, biochemical, pharmacological and behavioural approaches. Dr. Brown’s basic science and health related research program is supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be curious, motivated, mature, adept at problem solving and passionate about neuroscience research. No specific expertise is required although candidates with experience in handling large data sets, microscopy, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and/or rodent behavior are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brown (, his website:

For more information on the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Victoria, please see:

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) – Basic Scientist: spinal cord injury recovery and regeneration – ICORD – Dept. Cellular & Physiological Sciences – UBC

The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and The International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track).

ICORD is partnering with the UBC Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences to seek an outstanding basic science researcher with a focus on spinal cord injury (SCI) and the recovery and regeneration of the injured spinal cord.

ICORD ( is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research group with 45 principal investigators collaborating on its vision to make SCI preventable, livable, and curable. ICORD has its home in a 10,000 m2 state-of-the art research facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus, shared with our partner the Vancouver Coastal Health’s Brenda and David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic.

The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences does world-class research aimed at understanding the fundamental workings of cells and organisms in an effort to identify the underlying causes of human diseases. The Department’s research is diverse, with Investigators working in a wide range of the leading invertebrate and vertebrate model systems and using biochemical, molecular genetic, cellular and physiological approaches. The Department has particular strengths in neuroscience, endocrinology, development and cancer. The robust collaborative spirit between the Department’s Investigators drives increasingly multidisciplinary research programs in each laboratory. This includes the incorporation of the latest technologies in molecular biology, genetics, next-generation genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and genetically-engineered animal models to complement our expertise in cell biological and physiology. Faculty members in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences ( are internationally recognized for their strength in neuroscience and in investigating the molecular and cellular processes underlying complex biological systems and human disease. Strong ties to the David Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health ( and ICORD ensure that the successful applicant will have a rich, collaborative, environment for their research program, offering bench to bedside opportunities.

Reporting to the Department Head, the successful applicant will hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent with postdoctoral research experience in basic SCI research. Candidates will be able to work collaboratively and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to execute a vigorous research program related to neural regeneration, and/or neural repair of the injured spinal cord. Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong record of research productivity, with potential to establish a successful research program. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated or show potential for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate teaching as well as supervision of students and trainees at all levels, and will be expected to participate actively in departmental and faculty endeavours. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, research vision, and the names and contact information for at least four references (one of which should be arm’s length) should be directed by email to the address below by August 31, 2021:

Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, c/o Ms. Cheryl Niamath

ICORD – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

818 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z1M9


Review of the applications will begin in September 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Anticipated start date of this position:

July 1, 2022

Contact information

Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, c/o Ms. Cheryl Niamath

ICORD – Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

818 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z1M9

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Research Associate – Western University

With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is the largest basic medical science department within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Our mission is to carry out world-class scientific research and evidence based teaching. We have award-winning teachers who are committed to delivering high-quality and innovative education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, our department has a strong focus on research excellence with faculty members recognized internationally for their achievements.

The mission of the Pruszynski lab is to understand how the central nervous system controls reaching, grasping and object manipulation, and do determine how this control is compromised in the context of trauma and disease.

The Research Associate will be responsible for applying their expertise and knowledge to direct projects that test how the nervous system generates movements in the non-human primate model under the direction of a Principal Investigator (PI). The role will involve carrying out and overseeing original and independent research to assist the PI in achieving their research outcomes specifically interested in coupling neural recordings in the brain and spinal cord with recordings from large populations of single motor units via state-of-the-art electrodes being developed by collaborators at Emory University. In consultation with the PI and the collaborators in the consortium, the Research Associate will develop these technologies in non-human primates, carry out and oversee original studies based on these technologies and assume responsibility for the preparation of manuscripts for publication. In addition, the Research Associate will provide leadership with non-human primate experiments in the laboratory and assist in the training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in that environment.



  • PhD in Neuroscience, Movement Science, or Physiology


  • 5 years’ post-doctoral experience working in a research-intensive laboratory environment in the area of upper-limb motor control with an established publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience with and expert knowledge of working with non-human primates and training them in upper limb motor tasks
  • Experience with and expert knowledge of single neuron recordings in the non-human primate brain and spinal cord
  • Experience with and expert knowledge of recording and analyzing muscle activity at the level of single motor units
  • Experience with and expert knowledge of data analysis platforms (e.g., Matlab, Python)
  • Experience with multiple species of non-human primates is preferred
  • Experience with recording muscle activity in humans is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge in all aspects of working with non-human primates in an academic setting including welfare, training, experimental design, and data collection
  • Expert knowledge of acquiring and analyzing the activity of single motor units
  • In-depth knowledge with methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
  • Knowledge of regulations and guidelines governing animal research ethics in an academic environment and with best practices for reviewing and writing grant proposals
  • Ability to transfer and apply specialized scientific knowledge obtained in one setting to another in order to quickly adjust to rapidly changing developments in the field
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out scientific presentations and publications
  • Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users and with an ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage activities both for self and others effectively
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
  • Results-oriented with the ability to motivate and coach students and trainees to meet high performance standards, while working effectively as a member of the research team
  • Strong record working independently with little supervision
  • Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality work outcomes and strong productivity
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular business hours and travel on occasion

Contact information

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #23024.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

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