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Postdoctoral fellow positions


Postdoctoral Fellow

Multisensory Integration in Real and Virtual Realities

University of Waterloo, The Games Institute, Department of Kinesiology

Multisensory Brain and Cognition Laboratory, Waterloo, Canada

One Post-Doctoral position is available immediately to study multisensory integration in real and virtual realities in the Multisensory Brain and Cognition laboratory with Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan at the University of Waterloo. We are looking for an energetic and creative post-doctoral fellow to develop and lead an exciting research project involving the creation of immersive and realistic virtual environments within which perceptual and motor responses can be measured. Research will aim to quantify perceptual detection and discrimination thresholds for self-motion using psychophysical methods and also postural and ocular motor responses using motion and eye tracking equipment. Opportunities to collaborate closely with Oculus Research on these objectives will be available.

Requirements: The incumbent must have a PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Neuroscience (or related area) with a strong track record working with virtual reality technology as witnessed by excellent peer-reviewed publications and working knowledge of computer programming using Unity, OpenGL or the Unreal Engine (C#, C++) for 3D graphics as well as Matlab. A background in psychophysics, kinematics, eye tracking, control theory and/or information theory is desirable.

Research Environment: The lab is equipped with a 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) MOOG motion simulator with a large 3D projection screen, a Chronos eye-and-head tracker, 3 CV1 Oculus Rifts, Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Electroencephalography and Transcanial Magnetic Stimulation. The incumbent will benefit from a multidisciplinary training and research environment spanning academia and industry. The lab is housed in the Department of Kinesiology and the Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence (CCCARE), which is a unique facility that integrates research and community programs to develop new health interventions related to exercise for health and disease prevention, nutrition and health, brain training, vascular and metabolic health, injury prevention, and maximizing of mobility and prevention of falls. The lab is also affiliated with The Games Institute, which conducts research into the past, present, and future of games with representation from all faculties.

Specifics: Annual salary depends on level of experience but will be no less than $45,000 per year. Funding is available initially for a 1-year contract. Start date is negotiable but ideally would be no later than January 2017.

Process: Applications marked with reference number MBC-VR-PDF-2016 should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. Please include:

  1. 2 page personal statement describing research interests, experience, and goals
  2. A complete curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information of three references

Informal meeting opportunity with Dr. Barnett-Cowan and his lab at SfN 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Population Health

Start date: negotiable

One year contract

The Propel Centre is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows. Positions are available for qualified candidates from diverse fields (e.g., population health, health studies, planning, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology) who are interested in advancing their research skills, productivity, and collaborations with science, policy and practice colleagues. The candidates will conduct work in tobacco control. They will lead and support peer-reviewed and other publications, and participate in the preparation and execution of grants and contracts. Candidates will work as members of interdisciplinary project teams, participating fully in scholarly activities. They will have access to quantitative and qualitative data sets for secondary analyses, including the national Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (formerly the Youth Smoking Survey). They will also be able to contribute to and build on existing projects (e.g., smoking cessation interventions, healthy school communities, smoke-free spaces) and participate in existing networks and communities of research and practice.

Candidates must have excellent research and evaluation skills using quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-methods studies, and have exceptional written and oral communication skills. They must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects, and be able to work with limited supervision. These positions present an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary training, developing diverse skills in study design, measurement, theory and knowledge exchange, and developing collaborations with scientific, policy and practice colleagues across the country.

Propel is a Senate-approved centre of the University of Waterloo and a national research program of the Canadian Cancer Society. Propel exists to prevent cancers, other chronic diseases and their behavioural and environmental causes. Using an engaged scholarship approach, Propel improves the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. Policy, practice and research colleagues across Canada actively engage with Propel. Our in‐house team includes scientists and highly skilled research staff. Please see Propel's website for more information. 

Applications will be reviewed as received and this posting will remain open until the positions are filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities. The appointments are subject to the availability of funds. Please note that all applications are appreciated but only those under consideration will be contacted. Interested applicants should submit an application including curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, up to three samples of scholarly work and reference letters to:

Mari Alice Jolin, Associate Director, Planning

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  N2L 3G1

519-888-4567, ext. 36552 |

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