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Post Doctoral Scholar, Neurophysiology of Human Cognition, Clinical Neuroscience

Job ID: 26607

Updated: August 11, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Neurophysiology of cognition    

Duration: 2 years

Start Date: January 1st, 2023 (negotiable)

Salary: $50,000 CAD per year, plus Plan C health benefits


The Department of Clinical Neuroscience in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Neurophysiology of Human Cognition

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow with a background in cognitive neuroscience and an interest in studying human cognition using intracranial recordings. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Fady Girgis, MD in the division of neurosurgery and Dr. Julia Kam, PhD in the department of psychology. This is a collaborative environment within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

The fellow will work in an interdisciplinary environment with a team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and computer scientists on several funded projects that aim to discover the neurophysiological basis of various cognitive constructs, using intracranial EEG, single unit recordings, machine learning and potentially stimulation approaches. Their primary role will involve executing the funded projects (i.e. acquisition of intracranial EEG and single-unit recordings from surgical patients, analysis of intracranial neurophysiology data, development of analytic tools, scientific dissemination). With access to state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities and academic resources at the Cumming School of Medicine, the Psychology department, and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects beyond the funded research. They will also be strongly encouraged to apply for national/international awards.

The lab’s mission is to deepen our knowledge of the neural underpinnings of various cognitive constructs including theory of mind, non-literal language, and interpersonal distance, using a multi-modal approach that combines behavioral and eye tracking methods with intracranial EEG and single-unit neural recordings. The fellow can expect to work in a diverse and inclusive environment, which aims to provide trainees with relevant opportunities and support them to achieve their career goals.


  • A PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines (or an MD with research experience in these fields)
  • Background in human neuroscience or cognitive psychology
  • Interest in cognition and electrophysiology
  • Experience with analyzing neural time series data (with strong preference for EEG/MEG/iEEG/single unit recordings)
  • Strong scientific computer programming (Matlab/Python) and statistical analysis (SPSS/R) skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse subject population (patients and healthy controls) and interdisciplinary team members

* Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  

Please submit your application including the following documents in a single pdf to Dr. Fady Girgis at [email protected]:

  1. a cover letter describing the relevance of applicant’s research experience and publication record to the position
  2. current curriculum vitae 
  3. 1-2 first author publications (if available)
  4. contact information (i.e. email) for 2 to 3 references (who may be asked for a reference letter if necessary).

Applicants are encouraged to apply to this position immediately. Application packages will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST September 30, 2022.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

Postdocs who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada are advised to visit Information for International Postdoctoral Scholars.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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