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Fellowship Description

Research program title

Impact of early adversity on human brain development: epigenetic mechanisms

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Program description

Adverse events can occur and affect the brain at various stages, from gestation until adulthood. Such adverse events can affect the brain in many ways, including alterations in neurotransmission, brain structure, endocrinology, among others, all of which may interact. One of our overarching research themes is to examine how early stress, in combination with genetic factors, could affect human brain development and function, epigenetic processes and risk for psychopathology in humans. The postdoctoral fellow will work on a neuro-imaging project investigating the impact of early adversity on human brain processes and associated epigenetic mechanisms. The fellow has also the opportunity to work with existing behavioral, neuro-imaging and/or genetic data that have already been collected in well-documented longitudinal cohort samples. The fellow will work in a highly multidisciplinary team and with several (neuro) scientists based at Concordia University and at other collaborative universities in Montreal.

Academic qualifications required

  • PhD in a related field (e.g., neurosciences, computer science, (bio)medical engineering, psychology).
  • Strong knowledge of Matlab and experience in analysis of neuroimaging and/or genomic data.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; an aptitude for teamwork, and an established publication record.
  • Experience in PET imaging research will constitute an asset.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in French will constitute an asset.
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