Training position in the characterization of pain processing in Parkinson’s disease

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION

Workplace : Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM)

Number of positions to fill : 1

Shift : Day

Starting date in the job : As soon as possible.

Employment status : Temporary full time

Duration : 2 years with possibility of renewal

DESCRIPTION

The laboratories of Oury Monchi (PCAN) and Pierre Rainville (LaNeP3) are looking for a PhD student or Postdoctoral Fellow with prior training in neuroimaging and/or human affective neuroscience. The successful candidate will work on a project that aims to characterize pain processing in patients with Parkinson’s disease 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 precise and systematic characterization of subpopulations according to their pain profile and 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 acquiring human clinical, physiological, sensory data in a first series of experiments, and developing a pain fMRI protocol suitable for the study populations. Time permitting the candidate will also take part in clinical, behavioural and neuroimaging analyses using data from a longitudinal study investigating the evolution cognitive and neuropsychiatric deficits in Parkinson’s disease (from the PCAN lab).

Education and experience requirements:
● Person eligible for a graduate or postdoctoral study program at the Université de Montréal in a relevant field
● 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 (renewable in the case of a PhD student), 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 oury.monchi@umontreal.ca

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

REQUIREMENTS

Level of study requested : Master's degree or doctorate

Written languages : French (functional or willing to learn), English (scientific reading/writing)

Spoken languages : French (functional or willing to learn), English (scientific)

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