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Awards & Job Opportunities

Ed Whitlock – PERFORM Graduate Student Scholarship Award 2019

Introduction

Ed Whitlock continued to be a consummate competitive marathon runner until his passing at 86 years old. For the last 20 years of his life, he has consistently broken every long distance record in his age group. He was the first person over 70 years old to run a marathon in less than three hours. He continued to pursue record-breaking runs with his final record beating the 4-hour mark at 85 years of age. Ed was an early advocate of PERFORM’s mission and encouraged researchers to further investigate the benefits and risks of wellness programs for older adults.  

Eligibility Criteria

The Ed Whitlock – PERFORM Graduate Award is given to a student registered at Concordia University in either a Masters 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 Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The following documents are required:

  • A one page cover letter describing how this award will serve your interests and career goals
  • A CV which includes evidence of community involvement in the areas of health, fitness, wellness and/or coaching
  • Two letters of reference

Please submit applications by email with the subject heading: “Ed Whitlock application_2019” to
pc-research@lists.concordia.ca

Ali Ahmed Shams Award 2019

Introduction

This award is funded by Ali Ahmed Shams, an inspiring 11 year-old living in Pakistan who wants to give back to Concordia in honor of the education his father received during his time at the university. Owais Uddin Ahmed, Ali’s father, overcame many hardships to obtain a university degree in order to provide for his family. When Ali and his father visited Concordia in 2017, he was struck by the academic research mission of the PERFROM Centre, and being passionate about science, was motivated to create and fund this award in order to help lift the financial burden on students receiving an education today.

Eligibility Criteria

The Ali Ahmed Shams Award is given to a student registered at Concordia University in an undergraduate or graduate program and working with a PERFORM research member. The total of the award is $2000 with preference given to candidates who require financial assistance as per the donor request.

Application deadline is Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The following documents are required:

  • CV and University Transcripts
  • Cover letter describing your research interests
  • Recommendation letter from your academic supervisor

Please submit applications by email with the subject heading: “Ali Shams application_2019” to
pc-research@lists.concordia.ca

Postdoc Multimodal Neuroimaging

We are presently recruiting a Postdoctoral fellow in Multimodal Neuroimaging of Sleep and Cognition. This position consists in a prestigious Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University, in Montréal (Québec, Canada).

The fellow will have the opportunity to setup and conduct advanced neuroimaging studies in clinical and healthy samples, as well as to analyze and write up findings of previously collected human neuroimaging data. He/she will also have the opportunity to develop and evaluate new multimodal data analysis approaches, as for instance the study of sleep patterns combining high-density Electro-EncephaloGraphy (EEG) with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for the very first time EEG with Near-Infra Red Spectroscopy (NIRS) during whole night recordings. These techniques will allow addressing links between bioelectrical neuronal activity and hemodynamic processes during sleep. He/she will be based at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec), jointly supervised by Dr. Christophe Grova PhD and Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu MD-PhD, and will work in a highly multidisciplinary environment (neurosciences, kinesiology, physics, engineering, psychology) and in collaboration with multiple academic and hospital institutions in Montreal (PERFORM Center, Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal [CRIUGM], Montreal Neurological Institute [MNI]).


The research themes that will be addressed by the Fellow will include:

  • The neural mechanisms of sleep, sleep deprivation and sleep disorders (chronic insomnia, central disorders of hypersomnolence), and their relationship with cognition.
  • Developing and evaluating methods dedicated to the analysis of multimodal neuroimaging data for sleep studies: (i) simultaneous EEG/fMRI, and (2) simultaneous EEG/NIRS, including the analysis of functional connectivity and brain network analysis

The PERFORM Centre is a 8,000 m2 research facility including eight inter-related research platforms, such as a state of the art sleep laboratory (3 bedrooms with polysomnography and high-density EEG) and a fully equipped imaging suite (3T MRI, high-density EEG, NIRS, TMS, SPECT-CT, PET-CT, Ultrasound and Dexa) entirely dedicated to research (http://www.concordia.ca/research/perform.html).

Applicants must have a PhD (or close to completion) in a related field (e.g., neurosciences, computer science, (bio)medical engineering, physics). Experience in the analysis of hemodynamic signals from fMRI or NIRS is important. Applicants should have strong knowledge of Matlab and/or experience in analysis of neuroimaging, excellent organizational skills, an aptitude for teamwork, good writing skills and a productive publication record. Experience in one or more aspects of the research themes will constitute an asset. Salary will consist of 47,500 $/year (plus benefits) for 2 years. The position has a flexible start date.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation to the principal investigators listed below. Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position has been filled. All requests for additional information should also be directed to them. Only those candidates selected to interview will be contacted.

Dr. Christophe Grova, Ph.D,
Associate Professor
Department of Physics, Concordia U. Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill U. christophe.grova@concordia.ca

Dr. Thanh Dang-Vu, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurologist,
Concordia University Research Chair
in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Concordia U.
Assoc. Director for Clinical Research, CRIUGM tt.dangvu@concordia.ca

For more information about our current research programs, please visit the lab websites: https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/physics/research/grova-research-group.html
https://scnlab.com


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