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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Research program title

Sleep, neuroimaging and cognitive health

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Program description

A good quality of sleep is important for the promotion of physical, mental and cognitive health. Neuroimaging methods are important tools to understand the neurobiological basis for the role of sleep in brain health. However, there still is lack of research on the neural mechanisms underlying sleep disturbances and their effects on the brain. The present research program investigates the impacts of sleep disturbances on brain function and brain structure, using multimodal neuroimaging.

The selected postdoctoral fellow will work on different projects, including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded study examining the neural mechanisms of central disorders of hypersomnolence (i.e., narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia). The fellow will also have access to several datasets from other projects and cohorts to examine the impact of sleep disturbances on cognition and brain function. The fellow will be actively involved in the recruitment, data acquisition and analyses of participants with sleep disturbances, and will co-lead a team of research assistants, graduate and undergraduate trainees involved in these projects. The fellow will also benefit from several collaborations with other sleep and neuroimaging labs, in Montreal and internationally (e.g., Netherlands).

The fellow will have access to Concordia's PERFORM Centre, an 8000m2 facility dedicated to health prevention that hosts multiple research platforms such as a Sleep Lab and an Imaging Suite (including a 3-Tesla MRI), fully dedicated to research.

Academic qualifications required

PhD degree in neuroscience, health sciences or a related field (e.g., psychology, biology, biomedical engineering), excellent organizational skills, autonomy and ability to work in team, good writing skills and established publication record. Experience in one or more aspects of the research themes, particularly in neuroimaging and/or sleep research, is an asset.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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


The Postdoctoral Fellow must start their appointment by August 31, 2022.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Niyusha Samadi
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • 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 Niyusha Samadi.


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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