Awards & Job Opportunities
R. Howard Webster Foundation
Scientist in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Bio-imaging
Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre in Montreal, Quebec, seeks applications for the R. Howard Webster Foundation Scientist in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Bioimaging.
The candidate should hold a PhD and have established expertise or willingness to develop expertise in nutrition, lifestyle and/or bio-imaging. He/she will have a multidisciplinary background, which may include, but is not limited to, nutrition, 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 behaviour 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 Executive Committee, a research program that incorporates four key components:
- use and development of advanced medical imaging techniques that are accessible and cost effective on clinical grade instruments - in support of primary health prevention and behaviour change;
- training plan for future multimodal imaging experts (specialists who combine two or more imaging techniques to reveal new information and detail;
- modalities to translate key findings into nutrition research science and bio-imaging into practical applications; and
- a comprehensive dissemination 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. We expect the start date to be established for August 2017. In addition, the successful candidate will have access to a research budget.
Applications should be submitted and addressed to Dr. Habib Benali, PERFORM Interim Scientific Director no later than May 18, 2017. A complete application must include the following: a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research achievements and interest, copies of recent publications along with complete full list of peer-reviewed articles and presentations, and three (3) letters of reference.
Only complete applications will be considered:
Please submit email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: “Scientist in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Bio-imaging” by May 18, 2017.
Dr. Habib Benali, PERFORM Interim Scientific Director
PERFORM Centre, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. PC 2. 417
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8
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.