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R. Howard Webster Foundation
Scientist in Nutrition and Lifestyle

Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre in Montreal, Quebec, seeks applications for the R. Howard Webster Foundation Scientist in Lifestyle Nutrition.

The candidate should hold a PhD in a field related to nutrition or dietetics and have established expertise in lifestyle interventions. He/she will have a multidisciplinary background, which may include, but is not limited to exercise physiology, genetics, metabolism, psychology, epidemiology, and/or bio-imaging and experience in leading research projects in either academic or industrial settings. An interest in multidisciplinary research and innovative methods is essential, as well as a strong publication record.

In alignment with the PERFORM Centre’s mandate to provide an integrated and comprehensive environment to promote healthier lives through changes in behavior and lifestyle by offering research opportunities; educational and hands-on learning opportunities; and services to the community, the Scientist will develop, plan and execute, in consultation with the Interim Scientific Director and fellow Scientists, a research program that incorporates four key components:

  1. use and development of advanced multi-disciplinary protocols that are accessible and cost effective on clinical grade instruments - in support of primary health prevention and behavior change;
  2. training plan developed in collaboration with PERFORM Scientists that combines at least two disciplines which may include, but is not limited to, nutrition, bio-imaging exercise physiology, genetics, metabolism, psychology, and/or epidemiology;
  3. a comprehensive knowledge translation strategy for equipping stakeholders with key findings.

The successful candidate will be housed at Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre, a unique 8,000 m2 research facility that houses eight inter-related platforms devoted to prevention research through lifestyle intervention and impact assessment (Athletic Therapy Clinic; Cardio-Pulmonary Suite; Clinical Analysis Suite; Conditioning Floor; Functional Assessment Lab; Imaging Suite; Nutrition Suite; and Sleep Laboratory). The Scientist will also benefit from the expertise and knowledge of PERFORMs 50 research members and specialists in health and disease prevention who come from a number of institutions (Concordia, Université de Montréal, McGill, Centre Epic, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal).


The Scientist position is a 5-year contract appointment. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, the successful candidate will have access to a research budget. Start date to be determined based on availability of selected candidate.

Application Procedure:

Applications should be submitted and addressed to Dr. Habib Benali, PERFORM Interim Scientific Director no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, October 6, 2017. A complete application must include the following: a cover letter which includes a statement of research achievement (1 to 2 pages) and research proposal which would maximize PERFORM’s capabilities (maximum of 5 pages references included); and a full curriculum vitae with complete full list of peer-reviewed articles and presentations. Two academic reference letters will also be required, however, they can be submitted up to a week after the submission deadline.

Only complete applications will be considered:

Email applications:
Please submit email applications to: with the subject header: “Scientist in Nutrition and Lifestyle by 5:00 pm, Friday, October 6, 2017.

Mailing address:
Dr. Habib Benali, PERFORM Interim Scientific Director
PERFORM Centre, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. PC 2. 417
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8



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