Post-doc: MEG & OPM-MEG in brain injury at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Post-doctoral research fellow in clinical and cognitive neuroimaging with Cryo MEG & OPM-MEG

A postdoctoral research fellow position at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is available with immediate start in the Dunkley Lab. The position is initially available for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension to 2-years on completion of a probationary period. Depending on further funding, this could be extended to 3 years.

This project examines functional (cryo MEG & OPM-MEG) and structural (MRI & DTI) brain circuits in posttraumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury (concussion), and exposure to subconcussive repetitive overpressure (e.g. explosives) in active-duty military personnel and Veterans. Parallel projects exist that the successful candidate could pivot to in time – including projects examining the impact of brain injury in childhood and the early life environment using OPM-MEG. A substantial amount of cryo MEG & MRI data already exists for this project and the motivated researcher will be able to jump straight into analysis.

This is part of an ongoing project that is funded by the Canadian Department of National Defence.

Your profile

We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to work in close collaboration with engineers, project managers, the PI, external collaborators and stakeholders in analysing pre-existing and new Cryo MEG, OPM-MEG, and MRI data. Neuroimaging experience is necessary.

As a postdoc in this position you will be expected to:

  • hold a PhD in a relevant area (physics, engineering, computer sciences, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging);
  • have experience with EEG/MEG and/or MRI/DTI analyses;
  • hold a track record in research commensurate with your level of experience post-PhD;
  • have experience with programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, or R) and signal processing/time series analyses;
  • have excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • be able to work independently and meet progress report deadlines.

A background knowledge of psychiatric and neurological disease would be advantageous, but not necessary.

Your work environment

The principal investigator on this project is Dr. Ben Dunkley.

The candidate will be based in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program, the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. You will work closely with affiliated staff and students who form a group that use neuroimaging to study a variety of brain disorders.

We offer

Salary Scale: minimum of $CAD 65,000 gross annual that scales upwards depending on qualifications and experience post-PhD.

In addition, we offer an attractive groups benefits package, that includes coverage for dental, drug and medical.

The temporary employment will be for a period of 1-year initially, with a possibility of extension to 2-years on performance, and 3 years depending on funding.

Toronto is a world-class city, rated in the top ten cities worldwide for its livability. It has a rich & vibrant neuroscience community.

The institute offers many opportunities for career development and additional extracurricular training as part of the Research Training Centre.

Additional information

The post is available from 1st April 2023 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Contact Dr. Ben Dunkley via for more information.

If you wish to apply directly, please send an academic CV, a short cover letter with research statement/interests (maximum 2 sides), your most significant peer-reviewed publication/preprint and the names of two references.