Animal Behavior and Physiology Core Technician – University of Ottawa

Animal Behavior and Physiology Core Technician

Potential Start Date: October 1 2019

Job Summary:

Full-time Junior Technician position to perform animal testing within the Behavioral and Physiology Core in Roger Guindon Hall at the University of Ottawa.

The Core Facility is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to serve the research community at the University of Ottawa, its affiliated Research Institutes, and external users through contracts. The Core provides a time-efficient and cost-effective service for the design, execution, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data resulting from use of the Core’s facilities.

The equipment enables a full battery of assays relevant to learning and memory, social behavior, sensory gating, motor function, and mood disorders. In addition, the core offers equipment in order to perform in vivo optogenetics, as well as measure various physiological outcomes using small animal telemetry (EEG, EMG, pressure) and non-invasive determinations of body composition and metabolic parameters.

The primary responsibility of this position will be to perform testing in rats using standardized protocols. This person will also aid other core staff as required in setup of equipment, and analysis of data obtained within the core.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Undergraduate Degree in a related field, Technical college degree in a related field, and/or minimum of 1 year experience in research or working as an animal technician.
  • Practical experience with rats (prefer both mice and rats)
  • Experience using computer systems and software
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (perfer Bilingual in French and English)

Support is in accordance with University of Ottawa standards. This is a non-unionized contractual research staff position (35hr/week, with flexible hours including some weekend hours) at the level of a Junior Technician NR1.

Qualified candidates should send a short letter of introduction describing their previous expertise and reasons for applying for this job, CV, and the names of three references to: Behavior and Physiology Core Advisory Committee, in care of Christina Sardella

Contact information

Any questions about this posting please email Dr. Stephen Ferguson and Dr. Diane Lagace

Applications need to be sent to the Behavior and Physiology Core Advisory Committee
In care of Christina Sardella

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Posting end date:  2019/10/31

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

To apply, visit the job posting on the CAMH website

Contact information

To apply, visit the job posting on the CAMH website:

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

Tenure Stream Position in Neuroscience – Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience – University of Lethbridge

Tenure Stream Position in Neuroscience – Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge seeks an exceptional neuroscientist to fill a position at the Assistant Professor level. This is a probationary (tenure track) appointment, beginning July 1, 2020. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research on human cerebral function, with systems-level and/or computational approaches, utilizing state-of-the-art imaging methods, including MRI.

The position will reside in the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN), which is housed within the most advanced facility for science education and research in Canada, the newly constructed Science and Academic Building. Within this world-class research facility, the CCBN is equipped with exceptional infrastructure, including: 3 NMRs, electron microscope, multiphoton and several confocal microscopes, high throughput digital imaging, flow cytometer, deep sequencing platform, in vitro recording facilities, multiple in vivo ensemble single unit recording suites, PCR, dense-array human EEG, voltage and calcium imaging lab, dedicated parallel computing cluster, numerous state-of-the-art surgical and behavioural testing suites. The CCBN also hosts a newly constructed human 3T MRI unit.

The successful applicant will interact with a research-intensive group, all of whom focus on fundamental problems in the neurobiology of cerebral functioning. The successful applicant will develop a research program focusing on mechanisms underlying normal or disordered complex processes, including memory, perception, action, social behaviour, emotion, and/or neurodevelopment in humans. In addition, interest and accomplishment in working in systems neuroscience with non-human animals are an asset. Our department has embarked on an expansion of research in the areas of human cognitive neuroscience and translational research in brain and mental health. The centrepiece of this expansion is a newly installed 3T Siemens Skyra scanner, and the successful candidate will be a foundational member of this new research initiative.

Located in southern Alberta, near the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge offers a sunny, dry climate that is agreeably mild for the prairies, excellent cultural and recreational amenities and attractive economic conditions. Founded in 1967, the University has an enrolment of over 8,500 students from around the world. Our student body has grown by 50 percent in the last 10 years, phenomenal growth among institutions in Canada. Despite this growth, we have remained true to who we are: student-focused, research-intensive, and grounded in liberal education.

For more information about the University please visit our website at, or the CCBN website at

All applications must be submitted online and should include a curriculum vitae, a letter of application indicating interest and anticipated research contribution, sample publications, as well as names and contact information for at least three references who are scholars in the field. For details on how to submit your application, please visit our Human Resources website at References will be contacted directly, with information on how to submit their reference letters.

For inquiries about this position, please contact Dr. Robert J. Sutherland, Chair of the Neuroscience Search Committee ( For inquiries about the application process, please contact

Consideration of completed applications will begin on January 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

At the University of Lethbridge, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Aboriginal peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.

Contact information:

Robert Sutherland, PhD

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Tenure Stream Position in Behavioural Neuroscience – University of Toronto Scarborough

The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Behavioural Neuroscience. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

We seek applications from candidates with an excellent research record in fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of behaviour in non-human animals, including rats, mice and other vertebrates. Applicants must demonstrate an integrative, multidisciplinary approach in their research. Areas of interest may range from molecular and cellular to systems level approaches, and must complement existing departmental strengths at UTSC in the fields of learning and memory, motivation, emotion, addiction, cognition and neurodevelopment.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology, or a closely related field, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. They must also have an emerging record of excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovation and independent research at the highest international level and to provide evidence of an ability to build an excellent, competitive, world-class externally funded research program.

The candidate must also demonstrate excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will provide evidence of readiness to undertake undergraduate and graduate research supervision and teaching and be expected to perform standard professional and administrative activities typical of a department and/or university. Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive campus with a new, state of the art vivarium facility and access to a CFI-funded Centre for Neurobiology of Stress. The campus is also committed to interdisciplinary research collaborations and boasts a multicultural student body, a modern campus surrounded by parklands and green spaces, and access to a recently opened Pan Am athletic centre. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world.

The Department of Psychology at UTSC includes faculty members with interests in behavioural neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. For more information about our department faculty, please visit our home page:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, three recent publications, and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations (supplementary information related to demonstrated teaching effectiveness is encouraged).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also encouraged to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): the development of inclusive pedagogies; the recruitment/mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this position, please email psychologyapplications@ All applications must be submitted online by Thursday October 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation (on letterhead, signed and scanned), addressed to Prof. Suzanne Erb (Chair), to be sent directly by the referee to: Reference letters must be received by the closing date of October 31, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Contact information

If you have questions about this position, please email psychologyapplications@ All applications must be submitted online by Thursday October 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation (on letterhead, signed and scanned), addressed to Prof. Suzanne Erb (Chair), to be sent directly by the referee to: Reference letters must be received by the closing date of October 31, 2019.

Posting end date: 2019/11/01

Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs in Stem Cell Biology at Simon Fraser University

The Faculty of Science is building capacity in the area of stem cell biology and we seek outstanding candidates who engage in basic stem cell biology and investigate mechanisms with translational research opportunities relevant to disease. One chairholder will work in the area of developmental neuroscience or neurodegeneration, while the other is open, with a preference for cancer, cardiac, or immunological stem cell research. Presently, we have several facilities and Centres related to this initiative. For example, please see information on The Centre for Cell Biology, Development, and Disease; The Centre for High-Throughput Chemical Biology; Neuroscience research on campus; and related cell biological facilities.

Our active local collaborations include partners such as StemCell Technologies, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), the BC Cancer Agency, and the University of British Columbia (UBC). Additionally, in January 2020 we are submitting a $24M infrastructure grant to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in collaboration with UBC and BCCHR in support of a regional stem cell facility.

We are seeking emerging leaders in stem cell biology that will be highly collaborative with SFU faculty, regional hospitals, and industry partners. They are also expected to bring innovative experimental approaches or novel modes of exploiting existing methods to complement and expand strengths at SFU. Candidates with experience, or an interest, in applying automated high-throughput screening and/or analysis to stem cells are preferred.

Contact information:—awards/canada-research-chair-in-stem-cell-biology.html

Posting end date: 2019-10-15

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Canada Research Chair Tier 2 position in biological psychology – Brock University

The Department of Psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario invites applications for a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 position in biological psychology at the rank of assistant or associate professor to commence July 1, 2020.

Consistent with Brock University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, in recognition of the underrepresentation of members of the federally designated groups in the Canada Research Chairs program, and pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this position will be filled by a qualified candidate who self-identifies as a member of a visible minority, an Indigenous/Aboriginal person, or as a person with a disability.

Our ideal candidate will use animal models to investigate the role of environmental factors in brain and behavioural development (e.g., epigenetics), with translational relevance to function in humans; have an outstanding record of research achievement; have demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, external research funding; have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; and have a strong commitment to undergraduate mentoring and graduate student training at the MA and PhD levels. Applicants should have a completed Ph.D. in Psychology or a relevant, related discipline with post-doctoral training.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019.

For more information and to apply for this position:–Tier-2–Biological-Psychology_JR-1004228

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Posting end date: 2019/10/31


Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience – University of Toronto Scarborough

The Arruda-Carvalho lab is looking for a highly motivated applicant to lead a collaborative, HFSP-funded project focusing on the neural mechanisms of fear generalization in mice. The project will include experiments spanning behaviour, slice electrophysiology, stereotaxic surgery, fiber photometry and optogenetics. The project is part of a collaborative grant with the Grewe lab in the University of Zurich and the Kheirbeck lab at UCSF.

We are looking for applicants with a PhD in neuroscience, biology, psychology or closely related field. Experience with rodent research is necessary. Experience with slice electrophysiology (whole cell patch clamping) and stereotaxic surgery is wanted but not a requirement.

Please visit our lab website to learn more about our group:
Contact information All individuals interested in this position must submit a CV, statement of interest and a list of references to

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New Principal Investigator position in adult neurological diseases using zebra fish approaches

New Principal Investigator position in adult neurological diseases using zebra fish approaches at the CHUM Research Center – Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

The Research Centre of CHUM (CRCHUM) in partnership with the Department of Neurosciences of the Université de Montréal (UdeM) is seeking applicants for a principal investigator position at the rank of assistant or associate research professor in the field of neuroscience and the specific use of zebrafish for the study of adult neurological disorders. The ideal candidate will be zebrafish neurobiologist with a strong expertise in transgenic, genetic and genetic regulation.

The new principal investigator will play a key role in complementing the research strengths of the CRCHUM especially in neurosciences. The mission of the CRCHUM-Neuroscience research axis is to elucidate the biological, environmental and social mechanisms of adult neurological diseases and to develop novel and innovative therapies to prevent, treat or cure them. The research activities incorporate clinical, basic and translational research and focus on neurodegeneration/neurorepair, neuroimmunology, neurovascular/stroke and epilepsy. The CRCHUM neuroscience research activities build on complementary and well-integrated teams and a vast array of cutting-edge approaches. Moreover, multiple research groups within the Faculty of Medicine and the larger Montreal research community offer numerous opportunities for collaboration. Montreal hosts one of the biggest neuroscience communities in North America. UdeM offers excellent training in neurosciences with undergraduate and graduate programs in neuroscience. This cosmopolitan city favors lively and culturally rich lifestyle.


The applicant’s research program should address fundamental biological questions relevant to the physiopathology and treatment of adult neurological diseases, from the cellular/molecular to network levels, using zebrafish approaches. The candidate will have access to a large fish facility.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree, with postdoctoral experience and a strong publication record in zebrafish neurosciences. Candidates will be expected to develop an innovative, internationally recognized, externally funded research program and contribute to teaching as well as to some administrative and academic activities at CRCHUM and UdeM.

Applications must be submitted electronically to

Those received by October 1st 2019 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, a complete CV, a detailed research plan (3 pages limit) as well as three letters of support to be submitted separately by the referees, preferably in electronic format to:

Nathalie Arbour Ph.D.
Head Neuroscience Research Theme CRCHUM
Full Professor, Department of Neurosciences, Université de Montréal
Attention: Director of Human Resources, Mrs Christine Bellefeuille

About the CHUM Research Center

CHUM and its research center (CRCHUM) is one of the largest hospital-based research centres in North America. The CHUM Research Centre is a place of excellence where knowledge, expertise and innovation coexist, bringing tangible benefits to patients. More than 1800 employees including over 500 researchers and 400 students integrate the entire research continuum, including basic, clinical and population health research. For more information, please visit us at

About Université de Montréal

The Université de Montréal is one of the leading research universities in Canada. Together, with its two affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and École Polytechnique, it constitutes one of the largest centres of higher education in North America. For more information, please visit the following link:

About Faculty of Medicine

An internationally renowned institution, the Faculty of Medicine has the threefold mission of education, research and the improvement of health in the areas of clinical sciences, basic sciences and health sciences. It has 16 departments, two schools and more than 700 professors (excluding clinical professors), serving more than 6000 students. A third of the physicians in Quebec and a large number of health professionals in the province have been trained at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine.

* Language Policy

Université de Montréal is a Quebec university with an international reputation. French is the language of instruction. To renew its teaching faculty, the University is intensively recruiting the world’s best specialists. In accordance with the institution’s language policy, Université de Montréal provides support for newly-recruited faculty to attain proficiency in French.


The Université de Montréal application process allows all regular professors in the Department to have access to all documents unless the applicant explicitly states in her or his cover letter that access to the application should be limited to the selection committee. This restriction on accessibility will be lifted if the applicant is invited for an interview.

Equal Access Employment Program

Through its Equal Access Employment Program, Université de Montréal invites women, aboriginal people, visible and ethnical minorities, as well as persons with disabilities to apply. During the recruitment process, our selection tools will be adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities who request it. Be assured of the confidentiality of this information. The Université de Montréal is committed to the inclusion and the diversity of its staff and also encourages people of all sexual and gender identities to apply.

Immigration Requirements

We invite all qualified candidates to apply at UdeM. However, in accordance with immigration requirements in Canada, please note that priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Contact information Dr Nathalie Arbour, Head of Neurosciences divisions, Research Centre of the University of Montreal Hospital (CRCHUM):

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Postdoctoral Position: Examining differences in neural profiles in males & females with EEG+fMRI – University of Ottawa

The Lab

Clinical EEG & Cognitive Research Laboratory, Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON, Canada).

Our laboratory uses clinical electroencephalography (EEG) and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. functional magnetic resonance imaging), coupled with various clinical and cognitive assessment tools, to better understand mental illness. We also assess the effects of various interventions (e.g. exercise, stimulation therapies, drugs) on neural, clinical and cognitive features. Importantly, we attempt to characterize neural profiles that may be predictive of treatment response. Much of our laboratory’s work has focused on depression. However, we also examine brain features in individuals with schizophrenia, ADHD, dysfunctional anger as well as non-psychiatric populations.

The Position

The postdoctoral fellow will be tasked to conduct an NSERC-funded research study examining gender differences in neural profiles between males/females using simultaneous EEG+fMRI. Neural features will be examined in relation to biological measures (estrogen, testosterone and cortisol).

The selected postdoctoral fellow will also have an opportunity to assist in the acquisition/data analyses on one of two projects in clinical samples (depressed, schizophrenia). Within this role, he/she will be expected to assist Dr. Jaworska in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory, in manuscript preparation and in grant writing.

Academic qualifications and requirements

  • PhD in neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in human research and/or cognitive or computational neuroscience.

Required: Neuroimaging analyses (preferred: SPM, CONN) or EEG analyses. Some computational neuroscience experience preferred.
Optimal: Experience in simultaneous EEG+fMRI acquisition & analyses.

Timeline and application process

Application deadline: open until the position is filled
Fellowship start date: Late fall 2019

Submission process: Documents should be emailed to Dr. Natalia Jaworska (

Application checklist:

  1. A one (1) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above.
  2. Current academic CV demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain.
  3. Contact information for two references from academic supervisors /current employers.


The Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend valued at a starting salary of $40,000 per year, commensurate on experience and availability of funds. Duration: 1 year (extension will be contingent upon both funds availability and performance).
Contact information Documents and/or questions should be emailed to Dr. Natalia Jaworska (

Research Technician TCNLab at Western University

A Research Technician position is available immediately under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Saksida and Dr. Tim Bussey in the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (TCNLab) and BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core (RCC) at The University of Western Ontario. The research carried out by the TCNLab and the RCC teams combines neurobiological techniques for manipulating and observing brain circuits (e.g., DREADDs, optogenetics, pharmacology, transgenic and knockout mouse models, viral vectors, fibre photometry) with sophisticated analysis of cognition using mainly touchscreen-based assessment systems.

The Research Technician will assist with the research conducted in the TCNLab and the RCC at many levels. They will be expected to have a high degree of technical expertise and will help coordinate the general day-to-day operations in the TCNLab and in the RCC. They will gain proficiency in the scientific techniques used in the lab, and will develop and maintain SOPs and train lab members in their use. The Research Technician will be responsible for maintaining lab space, lab equipment and managing supplies. They will interact with work in collaboration with other lab staff, postdoctoral fellows and students.

Cognitive neuroscience in health and disease is a major research focus at Western, which is currently supported by BrainsCAN, a $66M Canada First Research Excellence Fund grant awarded to Western in 2016. The Robarts Research Institute and the Brain and Mind Institute together create a vibrant neuroscience research community with many opportunities for collaborations. The University of Western Ontario ( is a major educational and research center in Ontario with over 25,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. London, also known as the Forest City, is an affordable and lively community close to the Great Lakes and two hours from Toronto. The city offers many options for outdoor and cultural activities.

Qualified applicants should have at minimum a 2 year Community College Diploma in Biotechnology, Veterinary Technician or related discipline, and 1-2 years experience in a neuroscience related research laboratory environment with experience in molecular and cellular analysis of brain tissue and in behavioural analysis of rodents. Undergraduate or Masters degree in Life Sciences, prior experience in rodent models of brain disease, molecular and cellular biology, optogenetics and/or DREADDs will be an asset. Salary will be paid commensurate with experience.

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.
Contact information All applications must be submitted through (Job ID 16987)

BrainsCAN: @Brains_CAN
Touchscreens: @TouchScreenCog

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Posting end date: 2019/07/19