Lab technician – McGill University

The Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University is looking to hire a laboratory technician. This position will provide support for cognitive neuroscience research. The lab uses behavioural and brain imaging research to study cognitive functioning in younger and older adults.

Job Description – Lab Technician, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition. Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University (Principal Investigator: Dr. Nathan Spreng)

Examples of duties include:

  • Assist with the screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants. Schedule and/or call subjects for appointments
  • Assist trainees and lab members with preparing experimental materials including computerized tasks and stimulus sets, for example by downloading files or code from web sites.
  • Assist trainees and lab members with operating stimulus presentation equipment such as laptops or display screens  
  • Assist trainees and lab members in preparing, distributing, administering and scoring questionnaires and tests, and coding data for computer entry
  • Process study compensation payments to subjects upon completion of trial activities. Assist with post-study activities, as needed
  • Type, edit and organize numerical data and neuroimaging files
  • Review and verify accuracy of database information and assist in making necessary corrections according to specific guidelines. Carry out established quality control procedures.
  • Assist PI and trainees to prepare presentations and grant materials, including figures, slides, illustrations and other graphical material, following specific guidelines and lab procedures
  • Maintain and organize the laboratory database of research participants
  • Takes inventory of research equipment and supplies and assists in ordering as necessary
  • Coordinate with PI to make calls for maintenance and/or repairs of equipment when required
  • Coordinate with technician to do updates to installed computer software and the lab website
  • Assist PI and trainees to prepare correspondence, documents and reports, including submissions to the Institutional Review Board, following established guidelines
  • Assist in the training of new lab members on lab procedures.

The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Proficiency in English and French (written and spoken) required.

Experience in a psychology, neuroscience, human neuroimaging, or similar laboratory environment is preferred; undergraduate degree in a related field is an asset. General computer skills and ability to quickly learn computer programs (but not coding). Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work well with trainees, colleagues, collaborators, and research participants. Sensitivity to cultural and linguistic differences of lab members, collaborators and participants. Commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

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If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nathan Spreng (PI, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition) at: