Postdoctoral Fellow – Université de Montréal

Postdoctoral position in the neural origins of pain processing in Parkinson’s disease using fMRI

The laboratories of Oury Monchi (PCAN) and Pierre Rainville (LaNeP3) are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow with prior training in neuroimaging. The successful candidate will work on a project that aims to characterize pain processing in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) with and without pain using clinical, behavioural, physiological, and neuroimaging data.

The project aims to explore how PD might alter neural processes underlying pain perception and pain modulation by expectation. People suffering from PD with and without chronic pain will be compared to non-PD individuals with chronic pain and to healthy control without pain. Pain is a complex problem in this population, and we hope that the more precise characterization of their neuronal substrate by fMRI will inform us about the underlying mechanisms and potentially improve management by supporting treatment algorithms based on pathophysiological mechanisms.

The desired candidate is a motivated individual willing to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. Specific tasks will involve developing a pain fMRI protocol (using a thermal stimulator) and acquiring/analyzing data in the study populations. The candidate will also work on multi-modal neuroimaging (anatomical and functional MRI) analyses using data from a longitudinal study investigating the evolution cognitive and neuropsychiatric deficits in Parkinson’s disease (from the PCAN lab). Finally, they will also work on an available data set on pain and aging in healthy participants (from the LaNeP3 lab).

Education and experience requirements:

● Person with a PhD or about to finish a PhD
● Prior training in affective, behavioral, cognitive or clinical neuroscience
● Prior experience in experimental or clinical research with human participants
● Experience in functional MRI acquisition and analysis
● Team player and excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

Start, duration, and salary:

The position is available immediately and is based the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). Funding is available for 2 years, but selected candidates are expected to apply for external bursaries.

To apply:

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