Awards & Job Opportunities
Fellowship, Sleep and Cognition
Sleep disturbances are highly prevalent and are associated with cognitive complaints as well as alterations in brain areas critical for cognitive processing. Greater insomnia difficulties are also associated with greater risk of later cognitive decline. In addition, biomarkers of neurodegeneration have been found associated with short sleep and altered EEG activity during sleep, suggesting that disturbed sleep may contribute to the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases.
The selected postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work on a research program that will further examine the relationships between sleep, biomarkers of neurodegeneration, and cognitive performances in various clinical populations, using a multimodal approach (e.g., EEG, neuroimaging). This program will contribute to a deeper understanding of the role of sleep in memory and cognitive decline, and will have clinical implications for future therapeutic approaches.
The fellow will have access to Concordia’s PERFORM Center, an 8000m2 facility devoted to health prevention that hosts multiple research platforms such as a Sleep Lab and an Imaging Suite (including a 3-Tesla MRI, SPECT-CT and PET-CT), fully dedicated to research. The PERFORM Sleep Lab, led by Dr. Dang-Vu, includes 3 bedrooms equipped with polysomnography and high-density EEG systems, actigraphy devices and cognitive testing equipment.
Academic qualifications required
- PhD in neuroscience, physiology, psychology, biomedical science or related disciplines
- Demonstrated experience in human sleep research and/or cognitive neuroscience
- Additional experience with signal processing (e.g., EEG, neuroimaging) and programming skills (e.g., Matlab) will constitute an asset
- Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
- Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
- Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy
Timeline and application process
Application deadline: open until the position is filled but no later than May 31, 2017
Fellowship start date: no later than August 1, 2017
Submission process: all documents must be submitted to Cynthia Raso
Please include the reference number with your application
- One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above.
- Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
- Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to Cynthia Raso
The prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $47,500 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.
Research Associate, Clinical Analysis at PERFORM Centre
The incumbent will be responsible for the following in the clinical analysis suite:
- Method development and validation of bioanalytical assays for preventive health studies,
- She/he will provide advice and assistance to PERFORM researchers, students and staff members in the design, preparation and practical implementation of clinical research projects,
- Ensure compliance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), guidelines and other procedures for these platforms,
- Generate reports within study timelines, and ensure any deviations/exception events are acceptable, including their impact on study data,
- Calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment when required.
- A minimum of 3 years working experience in bioanalytical assays method development and validation of small molecule/peptide in biological samples. Advanced LCMS/MS and HPLC experience is required
- University degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field and three to five years, pertinent experience in bioanalysis
- Hands on experience on different extraction procedures preferred (SPE, liquid-liquid, protein precipitation, derivatization)
- Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
- Written and verbal communication skills in English required
- Strong planning and organization abilities
- Competent and self motivated individual able to work independently
- Proficiency with computers skills, like MS Word, MS Excel are essential
- Demonstrates ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
How to Apply: For those interested in this position, please send your resume to Marie-Eve Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Whitlock – PERFORM Graduate Student Scholarship Award 2017
Ed Whitlock is a consummate competitive runner who happens to be over 85 years old and for the last 20 years has consistently broken every long distance record in his age group. He is the only living person who at 70 was able to run a marathon in under three hours. He has repeated the feat a few times since breaking his own records. With this award, Ed would like to encourage researchers to further investigate the benefits and risks of wellness programs for older adults.
The Ed Whitlock – PERFORM Graduate Award is given to a student registered at Concordia University in either the MSc or PhD program. The total of the award is $5000 with preference being given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in conducting research in areas that will help seniors improve their quality of life through active living.
Application deadline is March 3rd, 2017, and the following documents are required by the applicant:
- A cover letter describing how this award will serve their interests and career goals
- A CV which includes evidence of extensive involvement in their community in the areas of health, fitness, wellness and/or coaching
- Two letters of reference
- Academic transcripts
Please submit applications by email with the subject heading: “Ed Whitlock application_2017”
PERFORM Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2017
The PERFORM Centre at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, is accepting qualified applicants for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship position.
The PERFORM Centre is a comprehensive research platform designed to enable studies in primary preventive health. Under the same roof, researchers have access to the highest quality imaging tools (MRI, PET/CT, DEXA, ultrasound, High density EEG); metabolic and teaching kitchens; a large scale cardiopulmonary unit for exercise stress testing; an expansive conditioning floor; a clinical analysis suite equipped to analyze a wide variety of bio specimens; advanced biomechanics, balance and strength functional assessment suites; a dedicated sleep facility; and an athletic therapy clinic. Member researchers have expertise in diverse specialties including psychology, exercise science/kinesiology, physics, chemistry, social sciences, business, geriatrics/gerontology, preventative cardiology, biomedical, computer and electrical engineering.
PERFORM postdoctoral candidates will have a PhD degree, MD or equivalent (received no earlier than December 2013) and a background or strong desire to acquire specialization in a field of research related to disease prevention through lifestyle choices. Areas of interest include psychology, medical and biological sciences, exercise physiology/kinesiology, signal processing, biomedical engineering and/or behavioral sciences. An interest in multidisciplinary research and innovative methods would be an asset, as well as a strong publication record. Although Fellows are expected to carry out independent research, they are also encouraged to interact with several PERFORM researchers to develop multidisciplinary studies and collaborative publications.
Fellows will be appointed for a period of up to two years with a possibility of a one-year extension. The start date is between April and September 2017. The yearly salary range is between $45,000 and $55,000 commensurate with experience. In addition, an overall research budget will be allocated for access to research platforms at PERFORM, travel and consumable needs.
Interested students are required to provide:
Statement of Research Interest (2 pages); Two recommendation letters with at least one from an academic supervisor, Complete CV including peer reviewed articles and presentations
Note: The committee will not consider incomplete submissions.
The application deadline is March 3rd, 2017.
Please submit email applications to:
Please use subject header:
“PERFORM Post-Doc application_2017”
Ms. Wendy Kunin
PERFORM Centre, Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street West, PC 2.411
Montreal, Quebec Canada H4B 1R6
Research Assistant - Biosensors & Body Rhythms
Applications are accepted for a Research Assistant position working under supervision of professors Habib Benali and Dr Najmeh Khalili-Mahani, the successful candidate will have access to various health-assessment technologies, from state-of-the-art clinical cardiopulmonary assessment suites and EEG at PERFORM Centre, to various wearable biosensors; and will be assisting with development of a toolset to monitor and quantify the emotional and physiological response of individuals to different media (e.g. computer games, movies, etc.) This research aims to optimize assistive care and e-heath technologies for individuals suffering chronic health conditions.
Applicants with demonstrated technical abilities and experience in digital signal processing and electronics system quality control and validation are desired. Senior students from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Psychology and Computational Arts who are considering graduate studies are highly encouraged to apply. Non academic applications will also be accepted.
- Knowledge of Real-time digital signal processing, Machine learning and artificial intelligence.
- Excellent programming, and documentation skills using spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations.
- Ability to learn and work autonomously.
- Test different equipment for sensitivity, accuracy, and reproducibility on volunteers recruited for the study
- Normalize data from different sources and archive them
- Write scripts to synchronize and correlate data from different biosensors
- Prepare summary result and charts
Compensation is based on Concordia’s collective agreement for research assistants. Initial funding is available for 10 weeks (20 hours/week), with possibility of extension.
How to Apply: Please send an email containing your CV and a portfolio of your programming/engineering projects or website to email@example.com by February 16th, 2017. Please be sure to include RA-Biosensors & Rhythms in the subject line.
Letters of reference will be requested from those who will be shortlisted for an interview. For more information, please contact Dr Najmeh K Mahani at email above.