McGill University: Postdoctoral fellowship in attention and social cognition

We anticipate an opening for a postdoctoral position in my Attention & Social Cognition group at the Department of Psychology, McGill University (Montreal, Canada).


We are seeking qualified individuals to collaborate and develop projects on the topics of human attention, social cognition, and interactive (group) cognition using behavioral, neuroimaging (EEG), and eye tracking methods. The A&SC group includes a vibrant team of graduate, undergraduate, postdoctoral, and visiting researchers and houses dedicated equipment for investigating attention and interactive behaviors including the dual TOBII eye tracking eye glasses, an SR Research EyeLink eye tracker, and a 64-channel BioSemi EEG system. 

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field (e.g., Cognitive Science, Neuroscience) with experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, R), and EEG and/or eye tracking methodologies. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Salary will be according to McGill guidelines. Start date is flexible.

Along with the Department of Psychology, the MNI and other satellite institutes, the students within the A&SC lab are uniquely affiliated with the NSERC-CREATE network in complex dynamics of biological systems  (https://cd-create.org/home) and the HBHL initiative (https://www.mcgill.ca/hbhl/), both of whom provide multiple networking, training, career, and funding opportunities. 

To apply, please send your CV, the expected date of availability, a short statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees. For any inquiries about the post, please email jelena.ristic@mcgill.ca. 

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Jelena Ristic, PhD
Associate Professor & William Dawson Scholar
Department of Psychology
McGill University
1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC, H3A 1B1
Canada
Phone: 514.398.2091
Fax: 514.398.4896
Email: jelena.ristic@mcgill.ca
Web: asc.mcgill.ca

PhD Scholarship in Kinesiology and Human Neuroscience / Bourse de Doctorat en Kinésiologie et Neurosciences Humaines

A 3-year PhD scholarship (18,000 CAD /yr) is available at the University de Montréal under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Pageaux (School of Kinesiology) and Dr Pierre Rainville (Faculty of Dentistry). The PhD student will be a part of a unique multidisciplinary research centre, the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM).

Applicants should have, or anticipate having, a MSc and a strong research background in motor and/or cognitive performance. Knowledge or expertise in pain, transcranial magnetic stimulation or peripheral muscle/nerve stimulation will be an asset. A strong interest in integrative neuroscience and multidisciplinary research is essential.

The successful applicant will be responsible, with the help of her/his supervisory team, for:

  • Developing an integrative and multidisciplinary expertise merging the fields of neurophysiology, psychology and kinesiology.
  • Independently carrying out research and completing a PhD dissertation within three years.
  • Collecting and analyzing perceptual, behavioral and neurophysiological data.
  • Reporting the results at conferences and in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Actively contributing to the life of the laboratory and CRIUGM.

The yearly renewing of the scholarship is conditioned by the continuous application to nominal scholarships offered by national and international funding agencies.

There are no citizenship restrictions for this PhD scholarship. Additional information about tuition fees and living expenses are available via the following link: https://admission.umontreal.ca/en/student-info/tools-and-tips/tuition-and-fees/

It is not compulsory to speak French at the onset of the scholarship. However, it is expected that the successful applicant will commit to learn French as part of actively contributing to and participating in the Université de Montreal and the CRIUGM communities.

Starting date is planned for January 2021. Flexibility can be given for an earlier or later start if carefully justified. Selected applicants will be interviewed via videoconference.

HOW TO APPLY?
Please send the following documents in a single email to labodouleur@gmail.com:

  • Cover letter detailing the interest for this specific scholarship as well as the potential starting date.
  • Detailed CV.
  • Two reference letters.
  • The completed application form and the associated enclosed files. 


PROJECT SUMMARY
Every day, when we perform voluntary physical and mental tasks, such as climbing the stairs or solving a complex puzzle, we perceive effort. The perception of effort is associated with voluntary actions, contributes to the sense of agency, and provides crucial information on the perceived cost of personal actions. Interestingly, while it seems obvious that when we perceive pain the tasks of our everyday life become more effortful (or harder), this assumption has not been investigated.

The proposed work uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand how pain impacts performance and the perception of effort during cognitive, physical and dual tasks. The PhD project will benefit from the expertise of the supervisory team in effort, pain and performance; allowing the development of a unique research project breaking the traditional barriers between the cognitive and motor domains.

The overall experimental plan is to explore the effects of pain on effort perception and performance in young and older healthy adults. Neurophysiological mechanisms will be explored with the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
Université de Montréal : https://www.umontreal.ca/en/udem/#facts-and-figures
Études supérieures et postdoctorales - Université de Montréal : https://esp.umontreal.ca/english/home/
CRIUGM: http://www.criugm.qc.ca/en.html


Une bourse de doctorat de 3 ans (18 000 CAD /an) est disponible à l'Université de Montréal sous la supervision du Dr Benjamin Pageaux (École de kinésiologie) et du Dr Pierre Rainville (Faculté de médecine dentaire). La doctorante ou le doctorant fera partie d'un centre de recherche multidisciplinaire unique, le Centre de Recherche de l'Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM).

Les candidates ou candidats doivent avoir, ou prévoir d'avoir, une maîtrise et une solide expérience de la recherche sur les performances motrices et/ou cognitives. Des connaissances ou une expertise en douleur, stimulation magnétique transcranienne ou de stimulation musculaire/nerveuse périphérique seront un atout. Un intérêt marqué pour les neurosciences intégratives et la recherche multidisciplinaire est essentiel.

La candidate ou le candidat retenu(e) sera responsable, avec l'aide de son équipe de supervision de:

  • Développer une expertise intégrative et multidisciplinaire fusionnant les domaines de la neurophysiologie, psychologie et kinésiologie.
  • Mener des recherches de façon indépendante et réaliser une thèse de doctorat dans un délai de trois ans.
  • Collecter et analyser des données perceptuelles, comportementales et neurophysiologiques.
  • Communiquer les résultats dans des revues et des conférences internationales à comité de lecture.
  • Contribuer activement à la vie du laboratoire et du CRIUGM.


Le renouvellement annuel de la bourse est conditionné par l'application continue aux bourses nominales offertes par les organismes de financement nationaux et internationaux.

Il n'y a aucune restriction de nationalité pour cette bourse de doctorat. Des informations supplémentaires sur les frais de scolarité et les frais de subsistance sont disponibles via le lien suivant : https://admission.umontreal.ca/info-conseils/outils-et-astuces/prevoir-son-budget/

La date de début est prévue pour janvier 2021. Une certaine souplesse peut être accordée pour un début plus précoce ou plus tardif si cela est soigneusement justifié. Les candidates et candidats sélectionnés seront interviewés par vidéoconférence.

COMMENT POSTULER?
Veuillez envoyer à l'adresse labodouleur@gmail.com les documents suivants dans un seul courriel :

  • Lettre de motivation détaillant l'intérêt pour cette bourse spécifique ainsi que la date de début potentielle.
  • CV détaillé.
  • Deux lettres de référence
  • Le formulaire de candidature complété et les fichiers joints associés.


RÉSUMÉ DU PROJET
Nous percevons un effort lorsque nous réalisons une tâche mentale ou physique, tel que monter des marches ou résoudre un puzzle complexe. La perception de l’effort, présente lors d’actions volontaires, contribue au sentiment de contrôle de nos actions (i.e., agentivité) et nous apporte des informations cruciales sur le coût de celles-ci. Alors qu’il apparait évident qu’en présence de douleur les tâches de notre vie quotidienne nous demandent plus d’effort (tâches perçues comme plus difficiles), cette hypothèse n’a jamais été testée.

Le projet utilise une approche multidisciplinaire pour comprendre comment la douleur affecte la performance et la perception de l'effort lors de tâches cognitives, physiques et doubles. Le projet de doctorat bénéficiera de l'expertise de l'équipe de supervision en matière d'effort, de douleur et de performance ; permettant ainsi le développement d'un projet de recherche unique brisant les barrières traditionnelles entre les domaines cognitifs et moteurs.

Le plan expérimental global consiste à explorer les effets de la douleur sur la perception de l'effort et la performance chez des adultes jeunes et âgés en bonne santé. Les mécanismes neurophysiologiques seront explorés à l'aide de la stimulation magnétique transcrânienne.

DES INFORMATIONS COMPLÉMENTAIRES?
Université de Montréal : https://www.umontreal.ca/l-udem/
Études supérieures et postdoctorales - Université de Montréal : https://esp.umontreal.ca/accueil/
CRIUGM : http://www.criugm.qc.ca/

University of Manitoba: Post-doc in child language

The Baby Language Lab at the University of Manitoba in Canada, directed by Dr. Melanie Soderstrom, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct studies examining the real-world language environment of infants and young children.

The postdoctoral researcher will make significant contributions to novel research in the lab stemming from the ACLEW project and its offshoots. ACLEW is a multidisciplinary grant funded by the Digging Into Data Challenge, led by Dr. Soderstrom. This project brought together child language researchers and experts in speech processing to develop new automated and semi-automated approaches to the study of children’s language environments across cultures, languages, and situations, using largescale audiorecording of children’s everyday experiences. This position is a unique opportunity for an early career researcher to develop collaborative ties across disciplinary and geographical boundaries, and build a distinctive skill-set in a key emerging sub-field.

In addition to contributing to existing projects, the postdoctoral researcher will conduct their own studies as appropriate to their particular research interests and experience. Our laboratory includes direct access to existing full-day recordings and other data appropriate to questions about the role of: childcare environment (i.e. home or daycare), maternal age, and hearing impairment on the linguistic environment.  Other research questions may be explored using these corpora and/or recordings available on public repositories. The postdoctoral researcher may also become involved in our laboratory’s infant speech perception studies, depending on the practicalities of infant research in the upcoming year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial appointment is for one year, with a flexible start date (ideally before September 2020), with a possible second year contingent on the availability of funding and successful research progress.  The eligible candidate will have completed all requirements for a PhD in Linguistics or Psychology (or cognate discipline) by the start date, have an interest in child language research and be comfortable with hands-on learning of novel data analytic approaches. The ideal candidate would also have experience with one or more of the following:

*linguistic data processing tools (e.g. CLAN/Phon, Praat)

*child language transcription/annotation formats (e.g. CHAT, ELAN)

*programming (particularly Python) and familiarity with github

*LENA-style (naturalistic) recordings

*work with culturally diverse populations, low SES communities, and/or Indigenous communities

To apply or for inquiries, please email M_Soderstrom@umanitoba.ca. Application materials consist of a CV, a brief 1-2 page statement of research interests, and contact information for at least 2 references.

University of Waterloo: Post-doctoral fellowship in decision making under uncertainty/belief revision

We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position working with Derek Koehler in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  There is some flexibility but ideally the position would begin by September 1, 2020.  Potential avenues of exploration include applying the concepts of decision making under uncertainty/belief revision in response to expert opinion to vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with government and Canadian public health organizations.  The position is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through the Behaviourally Informed Organizations Partnership housed in the BEAR research centre at the University of Toronto. 

The applicant should have experience as a behavioural science researcher and competence in project management as well as rigorous methodological and statistical skills.   Previous research in the area of health would also be an asset.  Duties would span the full range from development of research ideas to study execution and report writing.  The postdoc would likely end up working as part of a larger team but would be expected to take a leadership position in managing and executing the project.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter summarizing research interests, CV, representative publications, and contact information for at least two references directly to Derek Koehler at dkoehler@uwaterloo.ca. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

McGill University: Postdoctoral fellowship in the Attention and Social Cognition group

An opening for a postdoctoral position is anticipated in Jelena Ristic’s Attention & Social Cognition group at the Department of Psychology, McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

We are seeking qualified individuals to collaborate and develop projects on the topics of human attention, social cognition, and interactive (group) cognition using behavioral, neuroimaging (EEG), and eye tracking methods. The A&SC group includes a vibrant team of graduate, undergraduate, postdoctoral, and visiting researchers and houses dedicated equipment for investigating attention and interactive behaviors including the dual TOBII eye tracking eye glasses, an SR Research EyeLink eye tracker, and a 64-channel BioSemi EEG system.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field (e.g., Cognitive Science, Neuroscience) with experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, R), and EEG and/or eye tracking methodologies. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with a possibility for renewal. Salary will be according to McGill guidelines. Start date is flexible.

Along with the Department of Psychology, the MNI and other satellite institutes, the students within the A&SC lab are uniquely affiliated with the NSERC-CREATE network in complex dynamics of biological systems  (https://cd-create.org/home) and the HBHL initiative (https://www.mcgill.ca/hbhl/), both of whom provide multiple networking, training, career, and funding opportunities.

To apply, please send your CV, the expected date of availability, a short statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees. For any inquiries about the post, please email jelena.ristic@mcgill.ca.

Please feel to share this announcement with those you feel may be interested. 

McMaster University:  Postdoctoral Fellowship, ARiEAL Research Centre

Job ID: 29553 

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Bargaining Unit: CUPE Local 3906, Unit 3 

Primary Location: McMaster University 

Duration: 12 months with possibility of renewal 

Department: ARiEAL Research Centre 

Hours per week: 35 

Compensation: $40,000-$60,000/year depending on experience/qualifications plus benefits in accordance with the collective agreement 

Co-Supervisors: 

• Dr. John Connolly, Director, ARiEAL Research Centre, Professor & Senator William McMaster Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language 

• Dr. Jim Reilly, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Drs. John Connolly and Jim Reilly are accepting applications for a one-year (renewable) postdoctoral fellowship at the Language, Memory and Brain (LMB) Lab co-directed by Dr. John Connolly. The LMB Lab is located at the ARiEAL Research Centre, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The ARiEAL Research Centre, directed by Dr. Connolly, is an interdisciplinary research site that brings together researchers versed in experimental and applied methods, machine learning and AI, and behavioural and neurophysiological approaches to a broad range of cognitive function in both theoretical and applied settings. 

Dr. Connolly’s areas of investigation include the study of cognitive functioning in brain injured populations with particular emphasis on coma, other disorders of consciousness (DOC), locked-in syndrome, and concussion. In particular, he employs EEG and related measures (e.g. event-related potentials [ERP]) to study brain injury across the age span from pediatric populations to the elderly. The postdoctoral fellow position will be in the coma research project that focuses on developing brain recording tools to enable the assessment of cognitive functioning that will also have relevance to patients who have emerged from coma and are unable to communicate through language or gesture effectively. The postdoctoral fellow will work primarily within a new CIHR/NSERC funded CHRP project on the development of a point of care system for automated coma assessment and prognosis using neurophysiological recordings and machine learning techniques. The postdoctoral fellow is also encouraged to lead his/her own research within this coma project context. 

Dr. Reilly’s area of interest is in signal processing and machine learning, with specific focus on applications in neuroscience and psychiatry. He has worked extensively on the prediction of response to treatment for major depression using the EEG, in conjunction with machine learning methods. Dr. Reilly and his team in collaboration with the Connolly lab have developed new machine learning methods for analysis of ERP responses to predict emergence from coma. He is also interested in estimation of networks of the brain and the use of network parameters as features for machine learning algorithms. Dr. Reilly 

ARiEAL Research Centre, L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 4020, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1, Canada 905-525-9140 x21032 ariealrc@mcmaster.ca arieal.mcmaster.ca Version Date: December 17, 2019 

is a co-principal-investigator on Dr. Connolly’s CHRP project and will play a supervisory role in the machine learning aspects relating to this research. 

The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow is to develop and evaluate experimental paradigms appropriate for electrophysiological studies of coma/DOC populations, and work with a team developing machine learning tools and their implementation using AI approaches. The applicant is expected to aid and lead EEG testing in the hospital setting and will be in direct contact with a full team of trainees and primary care providers and research team members at the hospital. Note: ARiEAL is a research centre exclusively and this fellowship will be entirely research focused with no teaching requirements. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Eligible applicants will have completed a PhD with training in cognitive neuroscience and/or biomedical engineering or related areas (e.g., Psychology, Kinesiology). Extensive experience in recording and analyzing human electrophysiological activity is essential as is experience in using and developing software for machine learning applications. Experience with interpretable machine learning, large clinical research studies, code-versioning, TensorFlow (or other frameworks), and software development will be an asset. Successful candidates will be intellectually curious, have impeccable planning skills, work well in a clinical setting, and be a highly motivated individual who can work well in teams and contribute to the translational goals of this research. A thorough understanding and experience in proper machine learning validation procedures, real-time processing of biosignals, experimental design, and statistics will be critical for a successful candidate. 

HOW TO APPLY 

To apply, applicants should submit a current CV, graduate transcripts, and a letter of interest (also indicating the earliest possible start date) as one attachment in .pdf format through MOSAIC or Working@McMaster portal (https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/). Please also arranged two letters of reference to be e-mailed directly to Ms. Chia-Yu Lin (ariealrc@mcmaster.ca) with “PDF Application – Coma & AI” and the applicant's full name in the subject line. All documentation submitted in support of your application becomes the property of McMaster University and will not be returned. 

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY STATEMENT 

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs. 

McMaster University: Postdoctoral fellowship in education and cognition

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education and Cognition

Education and Cognition Lab

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Applicants are invited to apply for the McCall-MacBain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education and Cognition, to work with Drs. Joe Kim and Faria Sana in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Canada, starting August 1, 2020 (an earlier or deferred start date is negotiable). This is a three-year position with an annual salary of $50,000 plus research stipend, and benefits.

Research in the Education and Cognition Lab (http://edcog.ca) focuses on the application of cognitive principles to inform instructional design, training and education. Lab facilities include the LIVELab (http://livelab.mcmaster.ca) for exploring physiological measures in an authentic learning environment.

Candidates for the position should have completed their PhD, and must have a high degree of expertise in cognition (attention, memory, learning), strong programming and statistical analysis skills and interests in application of research to education. Other preferable skills (but not required) include experience in eye-tracking, cognitive and behavioural testing, and EEG. Experimental design and communication skills appropriate for a Cognition/Experimental Psychology PhD graduate are also expected.

Applicants should be comfortable working in a team environment, and the successful candidate will mentor and provide day-to-day assistance to more junior members of the lab, and actively participate in the new McCall-MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program. The primary research location will be in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. The Fellow will have the opportunity to take part in foundational, applied, and collaborative research projects with an active core cognition group in the department, pedagogy researchers in the university, and intervention studies through the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.   

McMaster University is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, and one of the top 100 universities in the world. The University is located on a scenic 300-acre campus in Hamilton, Ontario, which enjoys the reputation of being Canada’s waterfall capital. Hamilton is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with a population of well over 500,000, and is located less than an hour from Toronto, and an hour from the Canada/US border.

This is a CUPE Local 3906, Unit 3 Collective Agreement Posting.

Interested applicants should send a CV, details of three referees, and a cover letter stating relevant background and experience, as well as future goals, to Dr. Joe Kim at: kimjoe@mcmaster.ca

We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2019.

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons.

Université Laval: Stagiare Postdoctoral en l’interaction entre l’humain et les technologies/Post-doc in human-technology interaction

POSTE STAGIAIRE POSTDOCTORAL

Un poste de stagiaire postdoctoral est disponible à la Faculté des sciences sociales de l’Université Laval, à Québec, au Canada, sous la supervision de Sébastien Tremblay, professeur titulaire à l’École de psychologie. Ce dernier dirige le laboratoire Co-DOT (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca) qui se spécialise en cognition appliquée et en performance humaine.

Il s’agit d’un poste à temps plein de 2 ans (renouvelable) portant sur l’étude de l’interaction entre l’humain et les technologies. Les progrès récents en informatique, apprentissage automatique et intelligence artificielle nous poussent vers un avenir où les humains et les systèmes automatisés vont coexister et coopérer dans des environnements partagés ou via la réalité virtuelle et augmentée. Dans le cadre de ce projet, le candidat travaillera au développement de systèmes d’initiative mixte où l’humain et le système se partagent les tâches et les décisions en fonction de leur état et de l’état de l’environnement. Le candidat sera amené entre autres à développer des modèles pouvant prédire l’état cognitif et affectif de l’opérateur à partir de mesures comportementales et physiologiques. Ce projet sera effectué en contexte multidisciplinaire avec des experts des domaines des facteurs humains, de robotique, d’apprentissage machine, de réalité virtuelle et augmentée et de design de systèmes automatiques informatisés.

Le candidat préféré aura les qualifications suivantes :

  • Doctorat en psychologie cognitive ou en sciences cognitives;
  • Compétences supérieures en rédaction de manuscrits;
  • Capacité à superviser et coordonner des étudiants aux cycles supérieurs et des projets de recherche;
  • Capacité de gérer simultanément plusieurs tâches et projets;
  • Souci du détail, motivé, efficace, autonome et capacité de travailler en équipe;
  • Excellentes compétences en communication et en organisation (la connaissance du français est un atout);
  • Expérience en réalisation de projets multidisciplinaires en collaboration avec l’industrie est en atout;
  • Expérience en analyse de données psychophysiologiques est un atout (activité oculaire, cardiaque, respiratoire, électrodermale);
  • Expérience en rédaction de demandes de subvention est un atout.


Les candidats intéressés peuvent envoyer une lettre de motivation, leur curriculum vitae et le nom de deux référents par courrier électronique à :

Dr. Sébastien Tremblay
École de psychologie
Faculté des sciences sociales
2325, rue des Bibliothèques
Email: sebastien.tremblay@psy.ulaval.ca

Remarque :

Le salaire sera entre $48 000 $ CA – 56 000 $ CA par année plus budget voyage pour assister à des conférences.

Nous remercions tous les candidats pour leur intérêt; cependant, seuls les individus sélectionnés pour une entrevue seront contactés.

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE

A postdoctoral position is available at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Tremblay, full professor at the School of Psychology. Sebastien Tremblay is the director of the Co-DOT lab (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca), a research laboratory specialized in applied cognitive psychology and human performance.

This is a full-time position for 2 years (extensible) related to the human-technologies interaction. Recent advances in computer engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence lead toward a world within which humans and automatic systems are required to coexist, cooperate and share a common environment or via augmented and virtual reality. As part of this research project, the selected candidate will work at developing mixed initiative systems in which both human and machine share tasks and decisions depending on their state and that of the environment. For instance, the candidate will be asked to build a model predicting the cognitive and affective state of the user from behavioral and physiological measures. This project will be carried out in a multidisciplinary context, comprising experts from several domains such as human factors, robotics, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, and automatic computerized systems.

The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in cognitive psychology or cognitive sciences;
  • Superior skills with writing journal manuscripts;
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate undergraduate research projects and graduate students;
  • Be able to effectively balance multiple tasks and projects;
  • Detail-oriented, motivated, efficient, and able to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent communication and organization skills (knowledge of French is an asset);
  • Experience with conducting multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with industrial partners is an asset;
  • Experience with analyzing psychophysiological data is an asset (e.g., ocular, cardiac, respiratory, electrodermal activity);
  • Experience with writing grant applications is an asset.


Interested applicants may forward a cover letter, their curriculum vitae and the names of two referees by email to:

Dr. Sébastien Tremblay
École de psychologie
Faculté des sciences sociales
2325, rue des Bibliothèques
Email: sebastien.tremblay@psy.ulaval.ca

Notes:

Salary will be between CA$48,000 – CA$56,000 per year plus travel budget for attending conferences.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Université Laval: Stagiaire postdoctoral en sciences cognitif/Post-doc in cognitive science

STAGIAIRE POSTDOCTORAL EN SCIENCES COGNITIVES

(English follows below)

Un poste de stagiaire postdoctoral est disponible à la Faculté des sciences sociales de l’Université Laval, à Québec, au Canada, sous la supervision de Sébastien Tremblay, professeur titulaire à l’École de psychologie. Ce dernier dirige le laboratoire Co-DOT (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca) dont la mission est de contribuer à l’avancement des connaissances en sciences cognitives et en neuroergonomie et de contribuer à la recherche et au développement (R-D) de systèmes intelligents.

Il s’agit d’un poste à temps plein de 2 ans (renouvelable) en lien avec l’optimisation du travail de vidéosurveillance à l’aide de technologies adaptatives. Les opérateurs en surveillance doivent constamment effectuer de la recherche visuelle sur plusieurs caméras, et ce, pendant de longues périodes de temps et au sein d’un environnement caractérisé par de la distraction et des interruptions fréquentes. Dans le cadre de ce projet de R-D, le candidat contribuera au développement d’un système d’aide à la surveillance basé sur le suivi du mouvement oculaire en temps réel. Le candidat sera également responsable de la démarche scientifique et de l’élaboration du protocole expérimental ayant pour objectif de tester l’efficacité de tels outils en laboratoire et en milieu écologique. Ce projet se déroule en partenariat plurisectoriel (industrie, Université Laval, Centre en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs et centres de surveillance de la région) et interdisciplinaire (réalité augmentée, design UX et ingénierie de systèmes intelligents).

Le candidat préféré aura les qualifications suivantes :

  • Doctorat en psychologie cognitive ou en sciences cognitives;
  • Compétences supérieures en rédaction de manuscrits;
  • Capacité à superviser des étudiants aux cycles supérieurs et coordonner des projets de recherche;
  • Capacité à gérer simultanément plusieurs tâches et projets;
  • Souci du détail, motivé, efficace, autonome et capacité de travailler en équipe;
  • Excellentes compétences en communication;
  • Expérience en réalisation de projets multidisciplinaires en collaboration avec l’industrie est un atout;
  • Expérience en analyse de données psychophysiologiques est un atout (activité oculaire, cardiaque, respiratoire, électrodermale);
  • Expérience en rédaction de demandes de subvention est un atout.


Les candidats intéressés peuvent envoyer une lettre de motivation, leur curriculum vitae et le nom de deux référents par courrier électronique à :

Dr. Sébastien Tremblay
École de psychologie
Faculté des sciences sociales
2325, rue des Bibliothèques
Email: sebastien.tremblay@psy.ulaval.ca

Remarque :

Le salaire sera entre 48 000 $ CA - 56 000 $ CA par année plus budget voyage pour assister à des conférences.

Nous remercions tous les candidats pour leur intérêt; cependant, seuls les individus sélectionnés pour une entrevue seront contactés.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

A postdoctoral position is available at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Sébastien Tremblay, full professor at the School of Psychology. Sebastien Tremblay is the director of the Co-DOT lab (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca) whose mission is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in cognitive science and neuroergonomics and to contribute to the research and development (R&D) of intelligent systems.

This is a full-time position for 2 years (extensible) related to the optimization of the work conducted by surveillance operators using adaptive technologies. Surveillance operators must oftentimes monitor several security cameras simultaneously during long periods of time in an environment characterized by frequent distractions and interruptions. As part of this R&D project, the selected candidate will contribute to the development of an adaptive tool based on the analysis of operators’ eye movements in real time. The candidate will also be responsible for the scientific procedure and the elaboration of the experimental design aiming at testing the tool’s efficiency in laboratory and real-life settings. This project will be carried out in the context of a multisectoral (industry, Université Laval, Centre en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs, regional security surveillance centers) and multidisciplinary partnership (augmented reality, UX design and intelligent system engineering).

The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in cognitive psychology or cognitive sciences;
  • Superior skills with writing journal manuscripts;
  • Ability to supervise graduate students and to coordinate research projects;
  • Be able to effectively balance multiple tasks and projects;
  • Detail-oriented, motivated, efficient, and able to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with conducting multidisciplinary projects in collaboration with industrial partners is an asset;
  • Experience with analyzing psychophysiological data is an asset (e.g., ocular, cardiac, respiratory, electrodermal activity);
  • Experience with writing grant applications is an asset.


Interested applicants may forward a cover letter, their curriculum vitae and the names of two referees by email to:

Dr. Sébastien Tremblay
École de psychologie
Faculté des sciences sociales
2325, rue des Bibliothèques
Email: sebastien.tremblay@psy.ulaval.ca

Notes:

Salary will be between CA$48,000 – CA$56,000 per year plus travel budget for attending conferences.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

McGill University: Postdoctoral fellowship in memory

The Sheldon Memory Lab { https://www.sheldonmemorylabatmcgill.com/ ] at McGill University is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to join our team.

The Sheldon Lab investigates the cognitive and neural processes that support autobiographical memory, how these processes extend into non-memory scenarios like problem solving, and how they are recruited differently across individuals and populations (e.g., aging, patient populations). We are looking for a post-doc who is highly motivated, curious and knowledgeable about the cognitive neuroscience of memory and interested in working with a wonderful team of young researchers. The successful candidate will have a PhD in cognitive psychology or in a related field, and will have experience with neuroimaging analysis, preferably fMRI. We are recruiting for a one-year term, however there may be the opportunity to renew the position based on grant funding and performance. 

In this position, the post-doc will collaborate on a research project that collects fMRI measures of younger adults learning and recalling complex autobiographical-like memories as well as measures of individual differences (musical training, imagery). The post-doc will have the opportunity to link these two measures together and also extend the project to other populations (aging), as well as to design and conduct new experiments relevant to the focus of the lab. The post-doc will be encouraged to collaborate with researchers, take advantage of workshops on neuroimaging analysis, attend talks and conferences, and apply for grants. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Signy Sheldon. { signy.sheldon@mcgill.ca }

McGill University is located in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), a diverse and vibrant city, and is a wonderful place to learn and live. There are several research centers devoted to neuroscience that use innovative techniques and tools to answer important questions about topics like memory. 

CRIUGM (Montréal): Post-doctoral Fellowship in Human Affective Neuroscience

NeuromoMod training position in Human Affective Neuroscience

The Courtois project on neuronal modelling (NeuroMod), is looking for a PhD student or Postdoctoral Fellow with prior training in human affective neuroscience. The successful candidate will work on a project using human neuroimaging and extensive physiological data to train artificial neural networks to behave in a more flexible, humanlike manner.

This project builds on a research platform integrating behavioral and physiological monitoring to develop brain models informed by dynamic changes in peripheral activity. Brain-body interactions will be examined using classical psychophysiological methods combined with fMRI to study emotion and affect regulation during standardized cognitive-affective, and more ecological conditions, such as watching movies and playing video games.

The desired candidate is a motivated individual willing to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. The research project requires strong knowledge and experience in physiological signal processing. Specific tasks will involve acquiring human physiological data in fMRI projects, and developing efficient signal processing pipelines to be applied in a variety of neuroimaging research contexts.

The candidate is also expected to work closely with research teams with expertise in machine learning and AI, and she/he will have opportunities to build on, and/or develop these skills. Education and experience requirements:

● Prior training in Affective Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering
● Expertise in human physiological signal processing
● Knowledge of Matlab and/or Python programming
● Team-oriented; excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
● Experience in fMRI, multivariate pattern analysis, computational modeling, and/or machine learning are all assets

Start, duration, and salary: The position is available immediately and involves a collaboration between the laboratory of Pierre Rainville (LaNeP3) and Pierre Bellec (SIMEXP), at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). Funding is available for 1 year, renewable, 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 courtois.neuromod@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
 

University of Toronto Scarborough: Post-doctoral fellowship - Ambiguity

Department of Psychology
University of Toronto

JOB POSTING – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Area of Research: The Computation and Psycholinguistics Laboratory (CAP Lab) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to study how semantically ambiguous words are represented and processed. 

Description of duties:

The project primarily focuses on developing computational models of how individuals learn to represent words with different numbers of meanings and different degrees of relatedness among those meanings, as well as how processing mechanisms selectively activate a contextually appropriate meaning.  Although the focus of the project will be on computational modeling, there will also be opportunities for conducting coordinated behavioural, EEG, and/or transcranial stimulation experiments in the CAP lab experimental suite. 

This project will be conducted within the context of the vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the University of Toronto, one of the world's highest ranked institutions in psychology, linguistics, and computer science, and with a number of laboratories and research groups standing at the intersection between these disciplines to study semantic ambiguity.  Among others, these include the research groups of Professor Suzanne Stevenson (Computer Science), Professor Yang Xu (Computer Science / Cognitive Science), and Professor Barend Beekhuizen (Linguistics / Computer Science), all of whom are pursuing research in areas related to the topic of this project.  Where appropriate, collaborations with other relevant research groups will be encouraged. 

Relevant background information regarding the focus for this project is available in the following articles: 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2016.1171366 ;  https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d4dc/e378a9b747c0eb72e958752d5d594f1ce9d5.pdf

Salary: Salary will be in the $45,000-$60,000 range, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Required qualifications: The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, or a closely related field by the time of appointment, with a focus on computational methods and theory. Candidates with prior training in computational modeling of language are encouraged to apply; candidates with prior training in neural network (connectionist / parallel distributed processing) models of language are particularly encouraged to apply.   

Application instructions

All individuals interested in this position must submit the following application materials to blair.armstrong@utoronto.ca by the closing date:

  1. Curriculum vitae. 
  2. A one-page research statement related outlining research experience and interests related to the project 
  3. A sample of previously published work
  4. Two reference letters (to be emailed directly to blair.armstrong@utoronto.ca by the referees) 

Closing date:    An initial review of applications will occur on August 23, 2019; candidates should submit by this deadline to receive full consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

Supervisor: Professor Blair Armstrong

Expected start date: The target start date for the position is October 1, 2019, although this is flexible.

Term: The initial appointment will be for a term of one year with the possibility of renewal.

FTE:      Full-time / 100% FTE

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

The successful candidate will join the vibrant research community at the University of Toronto, one of the world's highest ranked institutes in psychology, linguistics, and computer science, and with a number of laboratories and research groups standing at the intersection between these disciplines.  Several talk series and discussion groups are also available at the intersection of these fields.  Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in a number of international collaborations involving computational, behavioural and neural investigations of semantic ambiguity, and have access to word-class computing facilities, neuroimaging, equipment, behavioural testing suites, and a large multi-lingual participant pool.  

Toronto is consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the world. It is a highly multi-cultural environment both inside and outside the University community, and offers opportunities to enjoy the music, food, and arts of the world.   The city also boasts an extensive network of public parks and trails, including many along the edge of Lake Ontario, as well as an extensive public transportation network and world class public services. 

All qualified candidates will be considered, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

University of Toronto Scarborough: Post-doctoral fellowship - Reading

Department of Psychology
University of Toronto

JOB POSTING – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Area of Research: The Computation and Psycholinguistics Laboratory (CAP Lab) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to study the computational mechanisms underlying reading.

Description of duties: The project focus is on identifying and modeling the mechanisms involved in learning new words and the consequences of this newly acquired knowledge for representation and learning to read.  It will involve extensive collaboration with Professors Mark Pitt (OSU) and Nicolas Dumay (Exeter).  Relevant background for the project is available in the following article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000257

Salary: Salary will be in the $45,000-$60,000 range, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Required qualifications: The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, or a closely related field by the time of appointment, with a focus on computational methods and theory. Candidates with prior training in computational modeling of language are encouraged to apply; candidates with prior training in neural network (connectionist / parallel distributed processing) models of language are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience programming web-based experiments or with javascript/mysql would also be an asset. 

Application instructions

All individuals interested in this position must submit the following application materials to blair.armstrong@utoronto.ca by the closing date:

  1. Curriculum vitae. 
  2. A one-page research statement related outlining research experience and interests related to the project 
  3. A sample of previously published work
  4. Two reference letters (to be emailed directly to blair.armstrong@utoronto.ca by the referees) 

Closing date:    An initial review of applications will occur on August 15, 2019; candidates should submit by this deadline to receive full consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.

Supervisor: Professor Blair Armstrong

Expected start date: The target start date for the position is October 1, 2019, although this is flexible.

Term: The initial appointment will be for a term of one year with the possibility of renewal.

FTE:      Full-time / 100% FTE

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

The successful candidate will join the vibrant research community at the University of Toronto, one of the world's highest ranked institutes in psychology, linguistics, and computer science, and with a number of laboratories and research groups standing at the intersection between these disciplines.  Several talk series and discussion groups are also available at the intersection of these fields.  Candidates will have the opportunity to engage in a number of international collaborations involving computational, behavioural and neural investigations of learning and representation in the US, Spain, and Israel, with possible travel to these labs, and have access to word-class computing facilities, neuroimaging, equipment, behavioural testing suites, and a large multi-lingual participant pool.  

Toronto is consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the world. It is a highly multi-cultural environment both inside and outside the University community, and offers opportunities to enjoy the music, food, and arts of the world.   The city also boasts an extensive network of public parks and trails, including many along the edge of Lake Ontario, as well as an extensive public transportation network and world class public services. 

All qualified candidates will be considered, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Defence Research and Development Canada: Term Scientist in Judgment and Decision Making

I am recruiting a full-time scientist (equivalent to a postdoctoral research fellow) for approximately an 18-month term starting later this summer or early Fall. The successful candidate will work on research projects that apply judgment and decision science to improving intelligence analysis and risk assessment. Specific topics include monitoring and improving forecasting accuracy, developing effective methods for threat and risk assessment, and testing methods for improving the elicitation and integration of probabilistic judgments, recalibrating and aggregating judgments, and effectively communicating uncertainty.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens and the successful applicant will be required to pass a security screening. Applicants should have behavioral research experience and have strong data analytic skills and be well versed in SPSS, R, and/or Python. Applicants should also have a strong interest in one or more relevant areas of judgment and decision science, and should be able to adapt well to new challenges. Applicants should work effectively in teams and be capable of advancing research independently. Candidates for this position will normally have a Ph.D., but exceptional pre-doctoral candidates with a Masters degreemay also apply.

The successful applicant will work under my research supervision and will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of research, including dissemination of research through peer-reviewed publications and other mechanisms (conference presentations, scientific advice to clients, etc.).

The post will be held at DRDC's Toronto Research Centre [see  map], which is on a direct subway line from downtown Toronto.

Candidates wishing to apply should send me their CV and a cover letter. Please send these documents by email to drmandel66@gmail.com and copy David.Mandel@drdc-rddc.gc.ca.

David R. Mandel, Ph.D.
Defence Scientist
Intelligence Group
Intelligence, Influence and Collaboration Section
Toronto Research Centre
Defence Research and Development Canada
Government of Canada
David.Mandel@drdc-rddc.gc.ca<mailto:David.Mandel@drdc-rddc.gc.ca> / Tel: 416-­-635-­-2000 ext. 3146

Ryerson University - Postdoctoral position in memory and decision processes

 Postdoctoral Research Position 

Memory and Decision Processes Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto (PI: Dr. Julia Spaniol) 

The Memory and Decision Processes Lab (PI: Dr. Julia Spaniol, psychlabs.ryerson.ca/spaniol/) in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow to start as early as September 1, 2019. 

The successful applicant will conduct research on motivation-cognition interactions in younger and older adults using a combination of approaches (e.g., behaviour, eye-tracking, electrophysiology, fMRI, computational modeling). The postdoc will work closely with the PI, graduate students, and undergraduate research assistants, and will have access to rich opportunities for research collaboration at Ryerson and at neighbouring institutions in Toronto. Emphasis will be placed on professional development via conference presentations, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. The postdoc will also gain mentorship experience by learning to direct and supervise the research of students and research assistants. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and benefits will be provided. 

Required qualifications: 

 PhD in cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience 

 Strong record of research productivity, including first-authored publications 

 Excellent time-management, communication, and interpersonal skills 

 Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

 Strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab, Python) 

Additionally, prior experience with EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, or fMRI is desirable, as is experience working with older adults. 

This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Funding for the position comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and from the Canada Research Chair program. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, up to three representative publications or manuscripts, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries and application materials should be sent to Dr. Julia Spaniol (jspaniol@psych.ryerson.ca). Review of applications will begin June 24 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson University is a distinctly urban, culturally diverse teaching and research institution. The Department of Psychology at Ryerson has 34 full-time faculty members, 5 staff, over 630 full-time undergraduate students, 100 graduate students (30 MA; 70 PhD), and 6 postdocs and research associates. 

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our faculty, staff and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

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