Postdoc or PhD student – Université de Montréal

Postdoc or PhD student in the field of Characterization of Pain Management in Parkinson’s Disease

The laboratories of Oury Monchi (PCAN) and Pierre Rainville (LaNeP3) are looking for candidates at the doctoral or post-doctoral level who have an interest or prior training in clinical research on neurological disorders, neuroimaging and/or human affective neuroscience. The successful candidate will work on a project to characterize pain treatment in Parkinson’s patients with and without pain, using clinical, behavioural, physiological, sensory and neuroimaging data.

The project aims to explore the pain sensitivity profiles of people with Parkinson’s disease. Pain is a complex problem in this population, and we hope that the more accurate and systematic characterization of subpopulations according to their pain profile and neural substrate by functional MRI will inform us of the sub-mechanisms and potentially improve management by supporting treatment algorithms based on pathophysiological mechanisms.

We are looking for someone who is motivated and willing to work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that values diversity. Tasks include the acquisition of human clinical, physiological and sensory data in patients with Parkinson’s disease with different pain patterns and the development of a pain fMRI protocol suitable for the study populations. Depending on their interests and skills, the selected candidate will also be able to contribute to the clinical, behavioural and neuroimaging analyses of a longitudinal study on the evolution of cognitive and neuropsychiatric deficits in Parkinson’s disease (of the PCAN laboratory).

– Person eligible for a graduate or postdoctoral program at the Université de Montréal in a relevant field
– Prior training in affective, behavioural, cognitive or clinical neuroscience
– Prior experience in experimental or clinical research with human participants
– Experience in functional MR acquisition and analysis
– Team player and excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
– Fluency in French for interaction with research participants and competence in oral and written English in the scientific field

Start, Duration and Salary:
The position is available immediately and is based at the Research Centre of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). Funding is available for 2 years according to the rates recommended in university programs (renewable in the case of a doctoral student). Successful applicants will also need to apply for external scholarships.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter with your research interests and experience, along with a CV and contact information for two references to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.