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Academic Associate - Senior Program Officer (Transforming Autism Care Consortium & Azrieli Centre for Autism Research under Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh)

The Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) and the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR), two new initiatives directed and coordinated at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Faculty of Medicine of McGill University invite applications for an Academic Associate position.

Recently established, the autism program at the Neuro includes multiple synergistic initiatives that appeals to the autism research community at the institutional (ACAR at Neuro/McGill University) and provincial level (TACC as a provincial FRQS thematic network). Funded by both philanthropic and government sources, ACAR and TACC aim to generate breakthroughs in autism research, and to translate discoveries into better care for individuals with autism and their families across Quebec and around the world. This will be achieved by creating, managing and promoting scientific and strategic infrastructures as well as training and knowledge transfer opportunities.

The initiatives include; (1) an academic McGill centre (ACAR) supporting new full faculty members and attracting existing Neuro faculty with relevant programs as associate members, (2) a new clinical research platform “ACAR Clinic” with dedicated experimental and behavioral assessment infrastructure as well as offering research and training services for external users, (3) a provincial network undertaking Quebec’s largest research initiative in history, connecting over 50 researchers across diverse disciplines, offering a province-wide training program for the next generation of researchers and professionals, and organizing scientific events and other activities to bring together researchers, professional, and community-members and integrate evidence-based knowledge in practice and policies.

Reporting to TACC and ACAR Directors at the MNI, the Academic Associate (Senior Program Officer) will coordinate and lead daily activities of the ACAR Center and TACC Network, and provide strategic management of these multiple inter-linked initiatives.

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Research Assistant (Neurodegenerative Diseases Unit under Dr. Abbas Sadikot)

The incumbent will be involved in research aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms that control neurodegeneration in the nervous system. He/she will be responsible for performing experimental procedures aimed at determining how striatum cell are lost in mouse models, and in human brain. These experiments will include carrying out immunohistochemical approaches to visualize striatum neurons using prepared brain slices. Based on his/her intellectual input, the research assistant will be given the opportunity to be an author on any publication that will derive from the work performed. He/She will also participate as a member of a team involved in examining how the nervous system degenerates in Parkinson’s disease and in healthy ageing.

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Research Associate (Bouchard Intellectual Disabilities platform under Dr. Edward Fon)

The candidate will work independently and be responsible for leading and coordinating immunohistochemistry projects related to work with tissue samples from neuronal organoids for projects related to intellectual disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Duties will include working with team members in the ID platform and within other groups including the MNI tissue platform on a number of discovery projects, liaising with program directors within the MNI and implementing and developing new techniques to process, embed, section, stain, and image tissue samples from neuronal organoid and other tissue related to the study of brain disorders. The applicant will work with other groups to identify their needs, and to create new SOPS for obtaining, staining and analyzing new tissue section.

The successful applicant will:

  • Establish protocols for tissue processing, embedding and sectioning different tissue samples using both a microtome and/or a cryostat.
  • Develop new SOPs for staining, imaging and analyzing tissue samples.
  • Independently carry out projects to completion.
  • Write and edit SOPs, scientific reports, and participate in the writing of research applications as part of this project.
  • Assist other lab members and trainees with aspects of projects related to histology, tissue sectioning and immunocytochemistry including immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry.
  • Oversee the maintenance of equipment within the platform and train other users on the appropriate use of sectioning and histology equipment.
  • Prepare and present reports and technical presentations to internal and external scientific groups.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

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Research Associate (Brain Tumour Research Centre under Dr. Kevin Petrecca)

The Research Associate will be responsible for leading software development projects and the successful completion of research projects.

  • Contribute substantially to planning new innovative bioinformatics projects7T.
  • Lead all aspects of software evaluation and development within the bioinformatics platform.
  • Use the bioinformatics platform to analyze bulk and single-cell sequencing data (RNA, DNA, ATAC) from brain cancers and brain tumors.
  • Work with collaborative teams on the multidisciplinary aspects of the research projects.
  • Provide guidance to students on the platform and incorporate the tools they develop as appropriate.
  • Contribute substantially to the planning of new innovative bioinformatics projects through contributing to grant writing.

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Research Assistant (Transforming Autism Care Consortium under Dr. Fabienne Samson)

The Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC), a collaborative research network formally designated thematic by FRQ-S, connect and mobilize Quebec’s strengths in autism research to improve quality of life of individuals with autism and their family as well as to integrate knowledge in practice and policy. TACC is bringing together over 50 researchers and over 300 clinicians, research trainees, highly qualified research personnel and community members from across Quebec’s university and hospital network in the pursuit of three main objectives: (1) Engage in research 1000 families and build a pipeline to create a unique database for TACC researchers by compiling genetic, cellular, brain and behavioral profiles data. (2) Build research capacity throughout the province by launching open competitive programs for training for exceptional students, research grants and fellowships as well as professional development opportunities and (3) Connect researchers, clinicians, community and government to communicate and integrate research progress and discoveries in practice and policy.

TACC is looking for research assistant to provide support to the network manager for all ongoing research projects and contribute to the scientific activities and programs of the network.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop and coordinate scientific programming for the network (graduate training program, annual scientific conference, research forums, etc.)
  • Develop data capture tools
  • Collect, compile and present data in line with established short-, mid- and long-term impact indicators for research projects and activities
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications, research reports and publications.
  • Manage the website and update scientific content
  • Develop communication tools to reach the research network’s members
  • Organize and attend meetings, prepare the materials and manage related documentation

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Research Associate (Neurodegenerative Disorders under Dr. Edward Fon)

The candidate will work independently on basic research projects in the laboratory of Dr. Fon at the MNI. The candidate will be responsible for conducting and directing mouse research projects.

The candidate will conduct research on Parkinson disease’s risk genes using BioID assays and Crispr/Cas9 screens. The candidate will also validate promising hits in iPSC-derived cell models as well as in mouse models of Parkinson disease.

He/she will establish research methods, design protocols and review and evaluate research findings.

He/she will work with collaborative teams on the multidisciplinary aspects of the research projects and will further analyze the data, write manuscripts and contribute to the writing of grants. The candidate will also participate in the supervision of full-time technician(s) and of graduate and summer trainees, if required.

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Research Associate (Brain Imaging Centre under Dr. Richard Hoge)

The candidate will work independently on research and development projects in the new 7 tesla MRI facility operated by the BIC MRI Unit (MRU). The candidate's work will focus on developing radiofrequency coils to exploit the various capabilities of the 7T MRI. This will include coils for applications including parallel transmit, high-resolution functional and structural MRI, multinuclear spectroscopy, and arterial spin-labeling. The candidate will collaborate with other members of the MRI Unit in the integration of these coils with the 7T scanner, and the development of applications for the study of various neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism spectrum disorder. The candidate will design the necessary methodology and fabrication capabilities required to carry out the above mandate, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary research teams in tasks to include the interpretation of data, preparation of manuscripts, and preparation of grant submissions. The candidate will also be called upon to help supervise full-time technicians, research assistants, and trainees at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The successful applicant will have access to an RF laboratory equipped with the necessary instrumentation, a machine shop including CNC equipment, and three MRI systems (a Siemens Terra 7T, Siemens Prisma 3T, and Bruker Pharmascan 7T).

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Research Associate (Neurodegenerative Diseases Unit under Dr. Guy Rouleau)

The candidate will work independently on basic research projects in the laboratory of Dr. Rouleau at the MNI. His/Her work will be focused on the preparation and characterization of iPSC-derived cells models (e.g. motor neurons and astrocytes) that are relevant to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These ALS relevant cells will be derived from biological material (e.g. peripheral blood mononuclear cell or primary fibroblasts) obtained from patients established to present key genetic risk factors.

He/She will characterize these cells through examinations of their physiological properties, profiling of cell specific markers, electrophysiological measurements, muscle innervation assays and analysis of secretomes.

He/she will work with collaborative teams on the multidisciplinary aspects of the research projects and will further analyze the data, write drafts of manuscripts, and contribute to the writing of grants. The candidate will work closely with full-time technician(s), graduate and postdoctoral trainees, and help to guide their effort if required.

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Research Assistant (McConnell Brain Imaging Centre under Dr. Alain Dagher)

To use large datasets such as the UK Biobank, Human Connectome Project, Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative, etc… to answer questions about the role of genetics, brain anatomy and function in vulnerability to neurological or psychiatric illness. These large-scale datasets include multimodal neuroimaging, genetics, cognitive and health and personality questionnaire information. The candidate will develop new research questions and computer pipelines in association with other lab members and the two PIs.
Primary duties:

  • Plan and develop projects that depend on processing of large neuroimaging datasets to answer questions about brain endophenotypes of mental illness.
  • Develop research protocols in neuroimaging, genetics and psychology under the guidance of the PIs.
  • Develop docker-based computer pipelines for automated image processing and quality control.
  • Pipelines to include anatomical processing (cortical thickness, deformation-based morphometry, tractography), functional MRI (BOLD imaging at rest and during tasks), genetics analysis (e.g. polygenic risk scores, Mendelian randomization).
  • Run the lab’s local and cloud-based computing infrastructure.
  • Interface with local members of the C-Brain consortium.
  • Maintain data and programs on Compute Canada.
  • Assist students in analysis of brain imaging data.
  • Attend weekly lab meetings.

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Academic Associate (Open Science Alliance Officer)

The Academic Associate will lead all activities related to the creation of a nation-wide coalition of Open science entities in neuroscience: plan and oversee the development and implementation of incentivization mechanisms, develop outreach strategies to potential early-adopters of Open Science in Canada in the field of neuroscience and beyond, build robust collaborations with these various partners across the country by ensuring their compliance to TOSI Guiding Principles, act as liaison person across Canada and beyond.
Specific duties include:

  • Set up Business Intelligence on major neuroscience institutes across the country and build a roadmap/strategy to engage them
  • Pursue discussions with initial partners and close collaborators in the neuroscience field in Canada, and translate these into concrete collaboration agreements
  • Participate in the development of the right narrative to incentivize these potential early-adopters of Open Science and Neuro’s guiding principles
  • Support potential early-adopter entities in the implementation of OS policies by spending time locally to understand the institutional culture, share best practices and lessons learned from The Neuro.
  • Develop tools and strategies to share lessons learnt and best practices from The Neuro’s experiment for the implementation of OS practice
  • Finalize the implementation of the National Open Science Incentive Fund and its Allocation Committee
  • Develop and implement clear and comprehensive guidelines on compliance to TOSI Guiding Principles
  • Generate, maintain and implement a collaborative framework and policy/procedure documents based on the principles of Open Science, including MOUs and various contracts
  • Plan and coordinate the organization of workshops and events contributing to raising awareness on Open Science practice at The Neuro and engaging more partners to adopt OS practices
  • Plan and coordinate one annual meeting gathering all existing and potential TOSI partners in Canada
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy to engage international partners in neuroscience
  • Contribute or lead publication of articles on the implementation of OS practices and any other OS-related subjects
  • Ensure thorough knowledge transfer activities through the preparation of various tools, methodologies, processes etc.

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Research Assistant (Brain Imaging Centre, NeuroImaging and Surgical Technologies Laboratory under Dr. Louis Collins)

He/she will interface between scientists, graduate students, research fellows, clinicians and patients. In addition to assisting in lab management, the applicant will work closely with the NIST team in projects related to image guided surgery in the laboratory and the operating room as well as working with patients to bring them for MRI scanning. The applicant will become a key resource person for the NIST lab, becoming a (power) user of our IBIS surgical navigation system and provide continuity over time (as students and fellows come and go) in dealing with the clinicians and the OR staff.
Specific duties include:

  • Develop standard operating procedures to bring the IBIS navigation software into the operating room, to work with the surgeons and OR staff and to assist the students to test their specific tools and gather data in surgery.
  • Assist in the design, development and fine-tuning of experimental design with the PI, graduate students and clinical fellows.
  • Assist with data acquisition and analysis and actively participate in the design and execution of further studies towards the goals of the NIST lab.
  • Assist with design, execute experiments, and analyze data with minimal supervision. He/she will analyze and prepare the data in final forms for presentation. He/she will also be required to prepare text and figures for manuscripts.
  • Train new students and other personnel if the need arises.
  • Keep abreast of the changes introduced by the funding agencies. He/she will help with grant writing, preparing budgets, documentation, preparing figures and appendices as needed. He/she will prepare progress reports as needed.
  • Prepare ethics submissions for different research projects in the NIST lab under the direction of the PI. The candidate will manage deadlines for applications/renewals with the MNI REB, maintain data for renewals (numbers of patients, papers, etc…), to prepare and submit ethics renewals.

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Research Associate (MNI iPSC platform, under Dr. Thomas Durcan)

The candidate will work independently and be responsible for leading and coordinating multiple drug discovery projects related to work with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and generating oligodendrocytes and astrocytes from these iPSCs for discovery-based projects. Duties will include working with team members in the platform and within other groups, liaising with program directors within the MNI and implementing and developing new SOPs to generate and characterize oligodendrocytes, astrocytes and other glial cells generated from different patient lines. The applicant will work to create new SOPS for obtaining, staining and analyzing these cell types.
The successful applicant will:

  • Establish protocols for generating and characterizing oligodendrocytes and other glial cells from iPSCs.
  • Develop new SOPs for staining, imaging and analyzing cell types generated.
  • Independently carry out projects to completion.
  • Write and edit SOPs, scientific reports, and participate in the writing of research applications as part of this project
  • Assist other lab members and trainees with aspects of projects related to assay development and discovery.
  • Prepare and present reports and technical presentations to internal and external scientific groups.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

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Research Assistant (McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, under Dr. Alain Dagher)

To use large datasets such as the UK Biobank, Human Connectome Project, Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative, etc… to answer questions about the role of genetics, brain anatomy and function in vulnerability to neurological or psychiatric illness. These large-scale datasets include multimodal neuroimaging, genetics, cognitive and health and personality questionnaire information. The candidate will develop new research questions and computer pipelines in association with other lab members and the two PIs.
Primary duties:

  • Plan and develop projects that depend on processing of large neuroimaging datasets to answer questions about brain endophenotypes of mental illness.
  • Develop research protocols in neuroimaging, genetics and psychology under the guidance of the PIs.
  • Develop docker-based computer pipelines for automated image processing and quality control.
  • Pipelines to include anatomical processing (cortical thickness, deformation-based morphometry, tractography), functional MRI (BOLD imaging at rest and during tasks), genetics analysis (e.g. polygenic risk scores, Mendelian randomization).
  • Run the lab’s local and cloud-based computing infrastructure.
  • Interface with local members of the C-Brain consortium.
  • Maintain data and programs on Compute Canada.
  • Assist students in analysis of brain imaging data.
  • Attend weekly lab meetings.

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Research Associate (Azrieli Centre for Autism Research, under Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh)

The candidate will work independently, be responsible for developing novel health research approaches combining qualitative analysis with statistical techniques on projects related to the new Azrieli Centre for Autism Research. The candidate will collaborate with the other researchers at the center to contribute to collaborative projects that may lead to a better understanding of Autism, its social determinants, costs, as well as the policy environment that informs services for affected persons and their families. The candidate will also work closely with external collaborators as a part of the team’s knowledge brokering activities.
The successful applicant will:

  • Use and analyze data to answer interdisciplinary questions related to autism (e.g. epidemiology and health outcomes, service utilization, social determinants)
  • Develop appropriate knowledge exchange products, tools or activities to inform policy and program development.
  • Identify and bring together key partners and experts, practitioners and community representatives to share evidence, knowledge and best practices to build capacity in existing health systems.
  • Lead consultations and collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to identify their needs in implementing research and develop relevant approaches to knowledge exchange.
  • Independently carry out projects to completion.
  • Write and edit scholarly publications, and participate in the writing of research applications as part of this project.

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Research Assistant - NeuroPM lab (Under Dr. Yasser Iturria Medina)

We are looking to hire a research assistant to provide support to the supervisor for multiple ongoing research projects.

The research assistant will be involved in research aimed at understanding the multifactorial mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders and the identification of effective therapeutic interventions. She/he will be responsible for analyzing multimodal brain imaging data (PET, MRI) and extending and applying specific computational methods developed in the lab. The analyzes will include the preprocessing of large-scale multimodal datasets, and the implementation, application, and validation of advanced computational/statistical techniques. She/he will work directly with the supervisor, overseeing and maintaining data analysis pipelines, in conjunction with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The RA will also participate in the preparation and publication of scientific articles associated with the results obtained in the lab.

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Junior Research Coordinator - Clinical Research Unit (4 positions)

The Clinical Research Unit at the Montreal Neurological Institute in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University invites applications for an Academic Associate.
Specific duties include:

  • Facilitate, coordinate, enhance and promote McGill’s research and development activities by coordinating and managing clinical trial projects at the Clinical Research Unit at the MNI
  • Perform established clinical trial outcome measures including physical and cognitive assessments in numerous disease indications
  • Ensure continuous support to Investigators/Physicians in the delivery of up-to-date activities and information, confirming priorities and timeframes of clinical trial subjects. Read and understand clinical trial protocols. In conjunction with medical staff, oversee medication infusions, monitor and record patient symptoms, collect and transcribe laboratory data
  • Interpret information received on patients and select the most appropriate procedures and trials for performing the research and ethics administration activities. Ensure that the activities are performed in accordance with each individual clinical trial protocol and University and sponsors policies and procedures.
  • Communicate information to medical staff, patients and pharmaceutical companies on new information pertaining to patients, changes to regimens, deadlines in terms of tests to be performed (i.e., CT scan, blood tests, etc), regulatory information, etc.
  • Teach patients, researchers and nurses to follow protocol according to GCP guidelines.
  • Provide information and advice to researchers on the preparation of the research information.
  • Liaison between researcher, patient and pharmaceutical company. Attends all internal and external meetings as requested by the medical director and/or the pharmaceutical company for each clinical trial the coordinator is responsible for
  • Functions as a record-keeper in terms of patient information pertaining to the study and is accountable for the followup of business.
  • Oversee inventory of supplies needed for the clinical trial.

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Research Assistant – McConnell Brain Imaging Centre – Montreal Neurological Institute (Under Dr. Julien Doyon)

We are looking to hire a research assistant to provide support to the supervisor for all ongoing research projects . Assist graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in carrying out behavioral and neuroimaging studies in cognitive neuroscience, and motor learning in particular. Develop, oversee and maintain data analysis pipelines in conjunction with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Supervise undergraduate students as well as casuals.

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Research Assistant – Laboratory for Applied Innovations in Neurocognitive Disorders (Under Dr. Simon Ducharme)

Dr. Simon Ducharme’s laboratory is looking for a research assistant to manage and implement several neuroimaging research projects on frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Current funded projects focus on the discovery and clinical implementation of novel brain MRI and PET scans biomarkers for the early diagnosis of these neurocognitive disorders.
Specific duties include:

  • Conduct patient research visits including retrieving clinical information, organize scanning sessions and perform basic cognitive tests.
  • Meeting selected patients during the neurocognitive clinic to obtain consent for studies and contact information.
  • Assist the PI with ethics board application and periodic reviews.
  • Organize collected data in a cloud based system.
  • Perform imaging analyses and statistics
  • Assist the PI with grant applications and manuscript preparation.
  • Assist with the interactions between the PI and graduate students.
  • Improve online presence and communication for the lab (e.g., website, social media).

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