Awards & Job Opportunities
Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre in Montreal, Quebec, seeks applications for a part-time (21 hours/week) Research Assistant position to support the research activities of the R. Howard Webster Foundation Scientist in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Bioimaging.
Reporting to both the PERFORM Centre’s Scientific Director and the R. Howard Webster Foundation Scientist, the primary role of the Research Assistant will be to independently oversee all research activities conducted at the PERFORM Centre related to nutrition, lifestyle and bioimaging. He/she also serves a resource person for administrative processes related to the implementation of the research plan. This will include:
- Assist with Ethics submissions and manage ethics approvals from current research
- Participate in study / project meetings with other researchers (for ongoing studies)
- Participate in subjects recruitment
- Monitor research as needed (managing study websites or emails)
- Engage with study participants in a timely manner Collect, code and assist with analyzing data obtained from research
- Manage research budgets
- Supervise students at both the undergraduate and graduate level
In addition, the Assistant will support the Scientist with dissemination of research activities, including preparing and hosting annual workshops or presentations at conferences.
- Graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in nutrition or other relevant/appropriate disciplines and 2-4- years experience working with academic research projects.
- Demonstrated success in the development and implementation of research plans and protocols.
- High level of personal initiative, innovation and flexibility.
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating or managing multiple concurrent projects is highly desirable.
- Good knowledge of spoken and written English and French.
- Good knowledge in statistical software (SPSS, SAS, STATA, …)
- Exceptionally detail oriented, with demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and to juggle multiple demands and priorities.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills discipline.
The successful candidate will be based at Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre, a unique 8,000 m2 research facility that houses nine 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, Physiological Suite).
The Research Assistant position is a part-time (21 hours/week) contract appointment from December 14, 2020 – December 31, 2022. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $22.91 - $31.81 per hour.
Applications should be submitted and addressed to Ms Lynn Roy, Assistant Director, Research Development Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 4, 2020 by 5:00 pm EST. A complete application must include the following: a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information of three (3) references, including their affiliation and information about your working relationship. All enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Roy.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.
CANARIE-CBRAIN Research Software Developer
The Media-Health Lab at the PERFORM Centre in Concordia University is seeking competent, team-oriented software developers to add three neuroimaging pipelines to the CBRAIN platform project. CBRAIN is a generic interface between high-performance computing infrastructure and scientific researchers.
The successful candidate will be working with software developers at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN), to port FSL-BASIL and PhysIO Toolkit to Boutiques, for integration into CBRAIN.
While this is not a research position, the candidate will be encouraged to publish the work, and deploy these methods in research, involving comparative examination of brain response to drugs versus immersive visual stimuli.
The candidate will have the opportunity to network with our co-applicants in MCIN and external stakeholders in the Department of BioEngineering (McGill University), Douglas Research Centre (McGill University), and Baycrest Research Centre (University of Toronto).
This position is funded by CANARIE Inc. and managed jointly by McGill and Concordia Universities.
Main Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Participate in the design and implementation of information flow, data handling, database storage and data processing
- Develop and maintain test suites
- Follow established best practices and work closely with the various development teams
- Ensure that development documentation is up to date
- Participate in high-level platform design discussions
- Report regularly on activities
- Curious, and independent learner
- Strong programming skills (Matlab, Python, Perl, C)
- Good understanding of Unix/Linux operating systems
- Experience with version control systems (e.g. git) and team-based development methodologies
- Excellent communication skills and team-oriented attitude
- Good documentation practices
- Good organizational skills and ability to learn quickly
Other Sought After Skills and Qualifications:
- Familiarity with Neuroimaging Data Analysis and Visualization
- Expertise in Digital Signal Processing
- Experience with relational and non-relational database systems (SQL, NoSQL)
- Experience with testing frameworks
- Experience with high-performance computing and distributed systems (HPC, Hadoop)
- Experience with container technologies (Docker, Singularity)
- Familiarity with academic research environments
Starting Hourly Rate:
$25 - $30
October 25, 2020
How to Apply:
Please send your cover letter, your CV and a list of references to email@example.com. Please specify the job title (CANARIE-CBRAIN Software Developer) in your email subject line.
You must be eligible to work in Canada. This is a temporary position with the possibility of full-time/full-benefits employment and cross-appointment between McGill University and Concordia University.
We thank all applicants for their interest and wish to advise that only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.
Multimodal neuroimaging in epilepsy and sleep
Two postdoctoral positions available in the MultiFunkIm Lab - Montreal Canada
McGill University / Concordia University
I am happy to announce that there are two postdoc positions available in my lab, the Multimodal Functional Imaging Lab located both at Concordia University (PERFORM Centre) and in Biomedical Engineering Dpt at McGill University, Montreal Canada. The fellow will join a multidisciplinary team and have the opportunity to get involved in projects involving multimodal data application (EEG/MEG, high density EEG, simultaneous EEG/fMRI, prolonged EEG/fNIRS recordings, intracranial EEG) for applications in epilepsy presurgical mapping and sleep studies, advanced methodological and statistical analysis developments, and contributions in neuroimaging software implementations.
Position 1: MEG and high density EEG analysis in epilepsy and sleep studies: we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with solid engineering background and expertise in EEG/MEG source modeling, to join our team to get involved in advanced development of source localization techniques, contribution to our Maximum Entropy on the Mean package https://neuroimage.usc.edu/brainstorm/Tutorials/TutBEst, evaluation of source localization methods for resting state connectivity and advanced computational modeling. In close collaboration with the epilepsy team of the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute), the fellow will have access to MEG, high density EEG and intracranial EEG recordings of epilepsy patients, aiming at developing and validating methods localizing epileptic discharges (spikes, seizures) but also studying ongoing resting state patterns, providing new biomarkers to predict surgical outcome (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32191632/). Applicants must have a PhD (or close to completion) in a related field (e.g., neurosciences, computer science, biomedical engineering, physics). Applicants should have strong knowledge of Matlab and or Python 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.
Position 2: Multimodal investigation of epileptic activity using simultaneous EEG/MEG and whole night EEG/NIRS monitoring: we are looking for an MD candidate (neurologist) with previous training in epileptology and neurophysiology (EEG). Expertise in analyzing MEG or NIRS signals and/or computational skills including neuroimaging softwares are appreciated additional qualification. The candidate should be fluent in English (and if possible French) due to the patient population studied. Combined with EEG measuring brain electric activity on the scalp, NIRS allows studying hemodynamic processes at the time of spontaneous epileptic activity. The candidate will join a team of engineers and methodologists who will provide access in 3D reconstruction of the generators of EEG, MEG and NIRS signals and methods to assess multimodal concordances between bioelectrical neuronal signals and hemodynamic processes. The purpose of this Postdoctoral project will be to assess the integrity of neurovascular coupling processes at the time of epileptic discharges and interaction using a unique multimodal environment involving EEG/MEG, EEG/NIRS and EEG/fMRI recordings, while benefitting from whole night personalized EEG-NIRS monitoring (Pellegrino et al Frontiers in Neurosc. 2016) to study interaction between sleep and epilepsy. The candidate will directly benefit from our new software package dedicated to NIRS data analysis NIRSTOR: https://github.com/Nirstorm/nirstorm.
Data acquisitions will take place either at PERFORM centre at Concordia University (http://www.concordia.ca/research/perform.html) or at the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (https://www.mcgill.ca/bic/). Collaborators include expert epileptologist from the Montreal Neurological Institute (Dr. F. Dubeau, Dr. B. Frauscher, Dr. J. Gotman and Dr. E. Kobayashi), expertise in sleep and neuroimaging (Dr. T.T. Dang-Vu, PERFORM / Concordia, Dr Frauscher) and expert methodologists in neuroimaging and signal processing (Dr. J.M. Lina, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure, Dr. H. Benali , PERFORM / Concordia)
Both positions are available now. Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position has been filled. If interested please send your CV, a brief research statement and two references letters to myself: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Christophe Grova, Ph.D,
Associate Professor, PERFORM Centre
Department of Physics, Concordia U.
Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Engineering,
Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill U.
For more information about our current research programs, please visit the lab website:
PERFORM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Preventive Health Research
The PERFORM Centre at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, is accepting qualified applicants for a one-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 fellows will have a PhD degree, MD or equivalent 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.
- The postdoctoral fellow must be supervised by a PERFORM research member
- The research program must be conducted at the PERFORM Centre
- The incumbent must not hold an external fellowship at the same time as he/she holds a PERFORM postdoctoral fellowship
Fellows will be appointed for a period of one year starting in September 2020. The fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend to supplement funds provided by his/her supervisor for a total funding envelop of a minimum of $30,000.
Interested candidates are required to provide:
- Statement of Research Interest (2 pages)
- Two (2) recommendation letters with at least one from an academic supervisor. One of the letters should demonstrate that the applicant has not/will not receive funding from the PERFORM Multidisciplinary call (application deadline April 27, 2020)
- Confirmation from supervisor that he/she will supplement funds to a minimum of $30,000.
- Complete CV including peer reviewed articles and presentations
Note: Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
- Academic excellence (GPA, awards): 20%
- Research experience (past research activities, research contributions): 60%
- Leadership potential (participation to academic life, volunteering, etc): 10%
- Research statement and letter of reference: 10%
The application deadline is June 26, 2020.
Please submit email applications by email to: email@example.com
Please use subject header: "PERFORM Post-Doc application_2020"
PERFORM Graduate Scholarship in Preventive Health Research
The PERFORM Centre at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, is accepting qualified applicants for a one-year graduate scholarship.
The PERFORM Centre is a comprehensive research platform designed to enable studies in primary preventive health. 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 graduate scholarship candidates will have a 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, and/or behavioural sciences. An interest in multidisciplinary research and innovative methods would be an asset.
This graduate scholarship is for up to one year starting in September 2020. The amount is $5,000. Prospective students are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or equivalent), have degrees in progress in a related field, are currently enrolled in a program at Concordia University, and are in good academic standing. Candidates for this award may be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or International Students. The award shall be granted to a full or part-time student.
Interested students are required to provide the following:
- Statement of Research Interest (cover letter)
- Recommendation letter from their academic supervisor who must also be a PERFORM research member. The letter should demonstrate that the applicant has not/will not receive funding from the PERFORM Multidisciplinary call (application deadline April 27, 2020)
- Complete CV
- University transcript
Note: Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
- Academic excellence (GPA, awards): 30%
- Research experience (past research activities, research contributions): 40%
- Leadership potential (participation to academic life, volunteering, etc): 10%
- Research statement and letter of reference: 20%
The deadline for applications is June 26, 2020
Please submit email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use subject header: "PERFORM graduate application_2020"