Job ID: 116386

Post-Doctoral Positions in Neurodevelopmental Impacts of Nicotine

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 29 February 2024

Contract Length: Renewable

City: London

Country: Canada

Institution: University of Western Ontario

Department: Anatomy & Cell Biology


Post-Doctoral Researcher Positions are available to work on a newly funded Neuropsychiatry Team Research Program at the University of Western Ontario. Our program will be investigating the effects of adolescent exposure to nicotine on increased risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders in later life (see Addiction Biology, 26(2):e12891; Cerebral Cortex, 29:3140-3153; Neuropsychopharmacology, 39:2799-815, Drug Alcohol Depend, 215:108215). Experiments will comprise an integrative combination of studies using pre-clinical rodent models (nicotine vaping exposure), neuroimaging, behavioural pharmacology, molecular analyses and in vivo neuronal electrophysiology. Pre-clinical studies will be translated into human imaging studies (magnetic resonance spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, fMRI and genomic analyses) in patient populations with histories of adolescent nicotine exposure and mood/anxiety disorders. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to learn multiple neuroscience and neuropsychiatry-based research techniques while working in a team of leading experts in the fields of neuroimaging, neurodevelopment, behavioural neuroscience, genomics and mood/anxiety disorders. Depending on the applicant’s backgrounds and research interests, they will work primarily with our pre-clinical research team supervisors (Dr. Steve Laviolette, Dr. Walter Rushlow; Dr. Jibran Khokhar) and/or our clinical research supervisors (Dr. Elizabeth Osuch; Dr. Jean Theberge; Dr. Robert Hegele). We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in either clinical or pre-clinical fields of neuroscience, preferably with backgrounds in neuropsychiatry research. The University of Western Ontario is a vibrant research community located in London, Ontario, Canada.