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Job Description

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.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted and addressed to Ms Lynn Roy, Assistant Director, Research Development Initiatives at 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.

Job Title:

CANARIE-CBRAIN Research Software Developer

Job Description:

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
  • Expertise with web development (Ruby on Rails, JavaScript)
  • 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

Application Deadline:

October 25, 2020

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter, your CV and a list of references to 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.


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