Join the team conducting groundbreaking cognitive neuroscience and imaging research at Western University!
Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery, its researchers advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world. While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, it has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including Neuroscience/Brain & Mind.
Western University's BrainsCAN initiative recently received a substantial $66 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) – the largest research grant in the university's history – providing a significant boost to ongoing research in cognitive neuroscience and imaging at Western.
A major component of BrainsCAN is Elite Core Infrastructure, to provide essential support to our researchers. The BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core seeks to facilitate understanding of the circuits and mechanisms underlying cognition. Work carried out in the BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core capitalizes on the expertise of a world-leading group of researchers—including Tim Bussey, Lisa Saksida, Marco Prado, Vania Prado and Jane Rylett—to combine neurobiological techniques for manipulating brain circuits with sophisticated analysis of cognition using mainly touchscreen-based assessment systems. To learn more about BrainsCAN, please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/brainscan/index.html
BrainsCAN is seeking an experienced Research Associate, Advanced In Vivo Circuit Techniques to support this ground-breaking research to better understand disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury and Schizophrenia.
As the Research Associate, Advanced In Vivo Circuit Techniques, you will lead experiments involving manipulation and visualization of brain circuits in rodents, combined with sophisticated assessment of cognition using mainly touchscreen-based tests. You will combine the use of optogenetics, in vivo calcium imaging and touchscreen tests to dissect key circuits engaged for performance in different cognitive tests. You will also participate in analyzing data and disseminating results including writing manuscripts. As the ideal candidate, you will have a PhD in Life Sciences, or equivalent, with a strong background in Psychology, preferably with a specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience or Neurobiology. You will have three (3) years’ postdoctoral training including experience in molecular and cellular analysis of brain tissue, behavioural analysis of rodents, experience in optogenetics/DREADDs demonstrated by publications in the area, experience training students on lab procedures, equipment and safety, experience managing multiple research projects in a highly productive laboratory environment and a strong publication record, including first author publications, in high impact journals in the area of brain function. The preferred candidate should have experience using touchscreen tests of cognition and with in vivo electrophysiology. This position is a regular full-time, permanent position within the Professional & Managerial Association at Western University. Western offers a comprehensive benefit package including but not limited to extended health, dental, vision and pension. The salary range for this position is $59,640-$85,060, depending on the level of experience.
Interested applicants are askedto apply online to job reference 10445 by midnight on December 8th, 2017. Applicants must have fluent written and oral communication skills in English.
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