Graduate Student Positions Available: Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging

Graduate Student Positions Available
Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging

Lab of Prof. M. Natasha Rajah,
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

The laboratory of M. Natasha Rajah, Douglas Institute, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) is currently seeking two graduate students interested in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging. The successful candidates will work with Prof. Rajah, current lab members and collaborators on structural MRI, functional MRI and behavioral experiments examining how biological sex, Alzheimer’s disease risk factors and age impact episodic memory and brain function across the adult lifespan.

Prof Rajah is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Associate Member, Department of Psychology. She accepts students via both the Psychology Graduate Program and the Integrated Program in Neuroscience Graduate Program. She is the Director of the Douglas Brain Imaging Centre which houses a Siemens 3T scanner and Bruker 7T scanner for rodent research. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to design, conduct and analyse structural and/or functional MRI studies in humans. Prof Rajah encourages her students to learn and develop their unique research interests within the framework of funded research program; attend training courses; and, present at conferences. The lab is a diverse environment that encourages a balance between independent and collaborative approaches to conducting research.

Starting date: January 2018 or September 2018

Duration: Funding is available for 2yrs of Master’s (M.Sc.) training, followed by 3yrs of Ph.D. training for two graduate students. Transition from M.Sc. to the PhD program will depend on the students’ research progress. Accepted students must remain in good academic standing and meet the course work requirement for the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at McGill University.

Academic Requirements: 1) Successful completion of a B.Sc./B.A. honours degree with a major or specialization in Psychology/Neuroscience or related field; 2) A competitive GPA; 3) Completion of introductory statistics courses and knowledge of basic statistics (t-test, F-test, simple regression) is a must. Having research experience and completion of an undergraduate honours thesis are assets. A keen interest in cognitive neuroscience, memory, brain aging and neural networks is essential to joining the lab.

Skills: Applicants must have: i) basic knowledge about research in the fields of human memory, ii) basic knowledge of human neuroanatomy, iii) good computer skills, and iv) have some training in mathematics and/or statistics. communication skills in English (spoken and written). Communication skills in French are an asset. Having knowledge of Matlab, SPSS and prior experience with MRI processing software is an asset.

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