SickKids post-doctoral position- Immediate- Mild traumatic brain injury research

CIHR funded project- hiring post-doc immediately to study effects of glial senescence on neurons. Successful candidate will have experience and expertise in glio-neuronal co-culture techniques, molecular techniques including RNA/DNA extraction, proteomics, and background/interest in neuroscience/ neurodegenerative disease. Project will include experimental mouse model of mTBI, in vitro studies and access to a Human brain bank with history of brain trauma.

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Neuropathology of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) post-doc position at SickKids

NIH Funded post-doctoral position to study neuropathological changes of brain trauma in athletes. Candidate should have good knowledge of neuropathological work-up of neurodegenerative diseases in human brains. Project plans to explore and report on all neuropathological changes in a brain bank.
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Research Associate – University of Guelph – Khokhar laboratory

Position Title: Research Associate 1, (Grant & Trust Professional)

Employer: University of Guelph (Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College)

Term: Temporary full time (24 month contract to start as soon as possible)

Hours: Full-time (35 Hours/Week)

Number of Positions: 1

Hiring Ref. Number: 2020-0027


N.B.: Please read the Application Instructions before applying:


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 Research Associate is responsible for the following main duties:

  • conducts behavioural experiments assessing the effects of cannabinoids in a variety of animal models of addiction (e.g., withdrawal, conditioned place preference and self-administration/free-access intake) and serious mental illness (e.g., prepulse inhibition, latent inhibition);
  • provides input with respect to appropriate methodology, procedures, equipment and standards to produce required research data;
  • applies specialized knowledge and principles to review, appraise and interpret published literature, summarize research findings, and draft scientific/technical reports, manuscripts, grant proposals;
  • establishes and maintains effective relationships with external partners, which may include coordinating of project plans, presenting research findings (may include presenting findings at conferences).


Education, Skills, Work Experience and other Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline combined with at least 3-5 years of relevant research experience with behavioural paradigms including: withdrawal, conditioned place preference, self-administration/free-access intake, prepulse inhibition, latent inhibition;
  • Experience coding with behavioural control software (e.g., Med Associates or equivalent), and using behavioural assessment software (e.g., Noldus Ethovision or equivalent) and statistical analysis software packages (e.g., SPSS or R);
  • Proven ability in methodology, procedures, equipment and standards to produce required research data;
  • Proficiency in summarizing research findings, reviewing, appraising and interpreting published literature;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Self-motivated and able to work collaboratively within a team environment;
  • Experience with in vivo electrophysiology is considered an asset.

Salary: $54,107 – $58,600

Vacation Pay: accrual rate of 1.25 days/month

Benefits: Extended Health, Basic Life Insurance (up to specified maximums)

Location of Employer: 50 Stone Road, Guelph, ON N1G2W1

Location of Work: Guelph, ON  

Language of Work: English

All Canadian citizens or permanent residents who qualify are invited to apply by sending their Cover Letter and CV (including list of publications demonstrating relevant experience), quoting hiring number 2020-0027, by email to or by mail to the following address: 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph ON N1G 2W1 (Attention: Human Resources).


At the University of Guelph, 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.



Posting end date: 2020/02/29

A post-doc position in the field of neural stem cell reprogramming and differentiation, Wang lab, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Description of the position:

Our research focuses on delineating molecular mechanisms that regulate neural stem cell reprogramming and differentiation, with the ultimate goal of the development of stem cell- based therapy to promote neural repair in the context of various neurological disorders. The individual filling this position is particularly involved in the ongoing project in the lab that is to develop integration-free methodology to reprogram non-neuronal cells into neural cells and to optimize stem cell-based therapies for post-stroke neurovascular regeneration and functional recovery. A variety of molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques are used in the laboratory, including transgenic mouse models, neurosphere culture, rodent and human reprogramming cell culture and stereotaxic surgery, various neurological degeneration disease models, etc.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Experience in rat stroke models, stereotaxic surgery, Cell Biology (cell line or primary cell culture, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry) and in vivo animal study.
  • Excellence in research with strong publication records
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated and strong desire to learn
  • Experience with Human primary cell culture is an asset

Deadline: Until the position is filled.

Individuals who are interested in the position should submit curriculum vitae, a copy of official transcripts, statement of research interest and names of three references to:
Dr. Jing Wang, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

University of Ottawa
Ottawa Hospital, 501 Smyth Rd, Box 511
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6 CANADA

Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Neuroscience – Lefebvre lab at UOttawa

The Lefebvre lab at uOttawa is recruiting two postdoctoral fellows for the Winter 2020. Candidates interested in computational neuroscience, brain imaging and applied mathematics are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will be involved in the following projects:

  1. In collaboration with the Griffiths Lab at the CAMH Krembil Center for Neuroinformatics (KCNI) and University of Toronto, the goal of the project is to develop, analyse and explore computational models of non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g. TMS, TES) and their impact on multi-scale neural activity. Specifically, we seek to better understand network-based mechanisms of neural control, oscillatory entrainment and/or stimulation-induced brain plasticity. This project involves a combination of computational and mathematical modelling, has strong potential for knowledge translation, and aims to help inspire new non-invasive treatments for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
  2. In collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, the goal of this project is to better understand mechanisms of white matter plasticity, neuron-glia interactions, myelination and its impact on brain function. Using a combination of modelling and simulations, interfacing rodent and human data, the role of the fellow will be to examine the influence of white matter plasticity on neural synchrony and memory. This project involves a combination of computational and mathematical modelling, and strong interactions with experimentalists.

The research will take place in the Department of Biology, the Brain and Mind Institute and the Center for Neural Dynamics of the University of Ottawa, a vivid interdisciplinary research cluster set in the bilingual capital of Canada. Both projects are deployed in the Ottawa-Toronto axis, through close collaborations between uOttawa, uToronto, CAMH KCNI, The University Health Network and The Krembil Research Institute. Based on the research needs and resources, candidates will be required to travel between both cities often. Throughout, candidates will interact closely with clinicians, experimentalists and scholars in neuroimaging.


Candidates should have completed their PhD in physics, mathematics, neuroscience or related disciplines, and have an excellent publication track record. Expertise in programming is a necessity, as well as independence in research. Experience in brain imaging, signal processing and dynamical systems are considered strong assets. Contracts are for one year, with possibility of extension subject to sufficient progress. of one additional year. While the positions are fully funded, candidates are nonetheless expected to apply for external/competitive funding throughout their training.

To apply, please send 1) a letter of interest, 2) a full CV and 3) two(2) letters of reference to jeremie.lefebvre at hotmail dot com. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview! Job open until filled!

2 Post-doc positions in clinical and cognitive neuroimaging MRI/DTI and EEG/MEG – SickKids Hospital

Neurophysiological and structural imaging in PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury

Two postdoctoral research fellow positions at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are available with immediate start. The positions are initially available for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension.

This project examines functional (MEG, fMRI) and structural (MRI, DTI) brain circuits in posttraumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) in adults. Currently, there are no known imaging markers for psychiatric disease or ‘mild’ brain injuries. This project aims to define signatures for use in a machine learning framework to classify individual cases and identify future targets for neurostimulation in treatment-resistant cases of PTSD and those with lingering symptoms of a concussion.

This is part of an ongoing project that is funded by the Canadian Department of National Defence and Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program.

A substantial amount of data already exists for this project and the motivated researcher will be able to jump straight into analysis.


Your profile

We are seeking two enthusiastic postdoc researchers to work in close collaboration with engineers and research associates in analysing pre-existing and new MEG, MRI & DTI data. Ideally, one researcher will focus on MRI and DTI data, and the other one MEG data, the latter collected during resting state and a task of memory function. Given the initial short-time frame of this position, imaging experience is necessary.

As a postdoc in this position you will be expected to:

  • hold a PhD in a relevant area (cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, engineering, computer sciences);
  • have experience with EEG/MEG and/or MRI/DTI analyses;
  • have a knowledge of neuropsychiatric disease that would be advantageous;
  • hold a track record in research commensurate with your level of experience post-PhD;
  • have experience with computer programming (Matlab, Python, or R) and/or signal processing/time series analyses;
  • have excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • be able to work independently and meet deadlines.


Your work environment

The principal investigator on this project is Dr. Ben Dunkley.

The candidate will be based in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program, the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. You will work closely with affiliated staff and students who form a group that use neuroimaging to study a variety of brain disorders.

We offer

Salary Scale: $CAD 55,000 to 65,000 gross annual (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package, that includes partial coverage for dental, drug and medical.

The temporary employment will be for a period of 1 year initially, with a possibility of extension.

Toronto is a world-class rated in the top ten cities worldwide for livability that has a large and rich neuroscience community.

The institute offers many opportunities for career development and additional training as part of the Research Training Centre.


Additional information

The post is available from 1st January 2020.

Contact Dr. Ben Dunkley via for more information.

If you wish to apply directly, please send a CV, a cover letter with research statement/interests, and the names of two references.

PhD position in Visual Neuroscience and Neurophotonics at the Université de Montréal

Funded PhD positions in Neurophotonics and Visual Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal ( We use a range of behavioral and neurophysiological techniques including calcium imaging and optogenetics on mice to study brain circuits underlying vision. We also focus on exploring plasticity after a stroke in the visual system and developing innovative neuroprosthesis devices to restore vision.
Candidates with a strong background in in vivo Neurophysiology AND/OR Behavioral Neuroscience AND/OR Engineering in Neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Pr. Matthieu Vanni ( with

  1. a full CV,
  2. motivations for joining the lab and
  3. contact information of two referees.


  • MSc or equivalent degree in natural, medical sciences, bioengineering or related fields.
  • Good English AND/OR French communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Be eligible to join a PhD Program of Vision Science or Biomedical engineering at the Université de Montréal.
  • Proficiency with Data analysis using Matlab or Python

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Learning mechanisms of pain – PhD or post-doctoral position, Martin lab, University of Toronto

The ability to predict pain or other unpleasant events by learning from prior experience is an important adaptive behavior in healthy organisms and can cause disabling fear and avoidance in patients with chronic pain. While there is no single ‘pain processing area of the brain’, our recent efforts have focused on the role of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), due to its capacity to modulate pain and emotion based on prior experience.

The Martin Lab ( at the University of Toronto is currently seeking an independent, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to study the molecular and synaptic basis of pain memory. Specifically, the candidate will be tasked with developing novel behavioural models of pain memory and should have a strong interest in neural circuits, in vivo imaging and electrophysiology.

Qualified postdoctoral candidates should have extensive experience with in vitro (patch-clamp) electrophysiological techniques, in vivo optogenetics or fiber photometry. Experience with molecular biology and/or immunohistochemistry are strong assets for both positions.

The postdoctoral position is available to start July 2020 (or later) and the deadline for graduate student applications is December 1, 2019 (Department of Psychology) or February 15, 2020 (Cell, Systems & Biology).

To apply, please send a brief statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for 3 references to

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Loren J. Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Translational Pain Research
Department of Psychology, CCT Building, Room 4061
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6

Post-doctoral position – Dr. Junchul Kim lab in Psychology/Cell and Systems Biology Department in the University of Toronto

A funded postdoctoral fellow position is available (start date is negotiable) at Dr. Junchul Kim lab in Psychology/Cell and Systems Biology Department in the University of Toronto, Canada. The lab uses optogenetics, chemogenetics, intersectional viral tools, and calcium imaging to understand neural circuits underlying memory in mice. The selected candidate will also participate in collaborative projects for investigating working memory, anxiety, and escape behaviours. A strong understanding of behavioral neuroscience is desired.

Specific skills and qualifications for the position include:

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychology, or a related field.
  • Experience with stereotaxic surgery.
  • Experience with mouse behavioral tests.
  • Experience with in vivo calcium imaging is desirable.
  • Experience with molecular biology is encouraged but not a requirement.

Salaries will be in line with University of Toronto postdoctoral stipend levels. To apply, please send curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research experience and interests, and letters of reference to Dr. Junchul Kim ( Please also visit our website to learn more about the lab:

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Junchul Kim
100 St.George st, Room 4028.
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto,

Phone 1-416-578-8319



Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, McMaster University

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2020.

We seek a researcher who uses animal models to investigate fundamental neuroscience questions at any level(s) ranging from cells to circuits and systems. Applications from any area of neuroscience are welcome, and applications from early-career researchers are especially encouraged.

Our department has long-standing strengths in sensory systems and behavioural neuroscience, and state-of-the art animal facilities. We also have strengths in perception, cognition, development, evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage collaboration among researchers, and have close ties with the Departments of Biology and Kinesiology and the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences. Many of our faculty are affiliated with McMaster’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, and together with the Department of Biology, our department founded and administers McMaster’s Neuroscience Undergraduate program.

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.

Faculty members at McMaster enjoy numerous personal and professional benefits. University employees are offered an excellent benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, extended health care, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and a retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty who are parents and/or need to care for family members. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

McMaster is located in Hamilton, Ontario, which is part of the “Golden Horseshoe” region of southern Ontario. Hamilton is located between Toronto and the Niagara/Buffalo area. It sits on the shores of Lake Ontario alongside the Niagara escarpment, and boasts an abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails, and green space.

All candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interested applicants should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, a one-page statement on equity and diversity, and three representative publications (reprints or preprints).

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job ID 28515) to the attention of:

Dr. Bruce Milliken, Professor & Chair
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,
L8S 4K1

Academic reference letters are not required at the time of application, but applicants should provide the names of three referees who may be subsequently contacted. Please know and alert your referees that their letters and your full application may be read by all faculty members in the Department and other persons associated with hiring at McMaster.

Review of complete applications will begin November 1st, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is expected to be July 1, 2020. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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