Postdoctoral Researcher, Memory for Events Lab

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada
Postdoctoral Researcher, Memory for Events Lab

Competition 1005

Department Faculty of Science - Psychology Science

Posted date June 4, 2024

Closing date Will remain open until filled.

Position Type Full Time


This position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits .

Location - This role is in-person at North Campus Edmonton.

Working at the University of Alberta

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Working for the Memory for Events (ME) Lab

The ME Lab investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support our ability to retrieve memories for naturalistic events, including autobiographical experiences from our personal past. We are particularly interested in understanding the constructive processes that enable us to edit memories--updating, enhancing, and sometimes distorting our memories.

The ME Lab combines behavioral, patient-based and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) approaches in young and older adults, and uses novel paradigms, virtual reality, and wearable camera technologies that allow for investigations of memory in real-world environments- thus, maintaining the ecological validity of memories while exerting control over their properties.


The appointment will initially be for one year with a salary starting at $40,000 (CAD) per year with annual increase and benefits, one-time moving expense, and $2000 per year for professional development. This post is renewable subject to satisfactory performance. Starting date is negotiable but preferred start dates are between September 2024 to January 2025. Funding is available from the Canadian Tri-Council research grant agencies , and potentially other sources. Successful candidates will be expected to apply for external funding with the help of the PI, those candidates invited to interview will be asked outline postdoctoral funding opportunities to which they can apply (including deadlines and evidence that they meet eligibility requirements) from their home countries. International applicants are welcome and encouraged.


  • Design and implement projects related to the aims of the Memory for Events Lab, in consultation with the PI and other research collaborators
  • Assist in oversight of research projects of graduate and undergraduate students, and other personnel, to achieve targeted research objectives within timelines, in consultation with the PI
  • Manage day-to-day operation of research laboratory, including maintaining equipment and supplies, overseeing troubleshooting of problems, and ensuring adherence to safety protocols
  • Analyze, interpret, and report research results; assist in preparation of publications and grant applications; present results in meetings, seminars, and conferences
  • Engage in public outreach with diverse audiences


  • PhD in psychology and/or neuroscience and a record of potential for publishing fMRI research.
  • A strong quantitative background and competency in programming environments such as Matlab, SPM, Python, R, and Psychtoolbox is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Record of publications, conference presentations, and public outreach
  • Ability to work on a team, lead a team, and also to work independently
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in work practices
  • Candidates must have completed their PhD within the past five years. These time limits may be extended due to circumstances requiring an interruption in the candidate’s research career
  • Open to candidates from all countries
  • Familiarity with Unity/C# and/or immersive virtual reality methodologies (e.g. Oculus Rift, 360-3D video stimuli) is highly desirable but not required.

How to Apply:

Please read application instructions carefully; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please submit the following documents online:

(1) A cover letter (attached under ’Cover Letter’).

(2) CV (attached under ’Curriculum Vitae’).

(3) Names and contact information for three references (attached under ’References’).

(4) Three pdfs of representative publications (attached under ’List of Publications’).

(5) A two-page (max) statement of research interests (attached under ’Research Plan’).

(6) A one-page (max) diversity statement (applicants should identify their strengths and experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion, such as supporting diverse and/or underrepresented students and include a plan to implement and expand their EDI work over the course of the appointment, attached under ’Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’).

The review of applications will begin on June 17, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2898615.