Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory - Memory for Events Lab

SCI Psychology Science

Competition No.  -    A108046096
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Memory for Events (ME) Lab (PI: Dr. Peggy L. St. Jacques) at the University of Alberta invites applications for a fully funded postdoctoral researcher to lead cognitive neuroscience research investigating memory for real-world events. The postdoc will contribute to research examining the neural mechanisms by which people form and remember immersive memories for realistic events. Candidates excited about functional neuroimaging of memory for real-world events, the role of visual perspective in shaping mental models of events, and/or the use of state-of-the-art immersive virtual reality methodologies to study event memory are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have a PhD in psychology and/or neuroscience, and a record of publishing fMRI research using advanced methods to study memory (e.g., MVPA, network analysis). A strong quantitative background and competency in programming environments such as Matlab, SPM, Python, R, and Psychtoolbox is also required. Familiarity with Unity/C# and/or immersive virtual reality methodologies (e.g., Oculus Rift) is highly desirable but not required.

Dr. St. Jacques is a Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory, and the ME Lab is funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant. Our newly renovated lab space in the Department of Psychology includes 6 behavioral testing rooms and 2 virtual reality suites. Functional neuroimaging is conducted within walking distance at the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre using a research dedicated 3T Prisma Siemens scanner and MRI-compatible stereoscopic headset for presentation of 3D video stimuli. Data analysis is supported by infrastructure on Compute Canada.

The position is available immediately, but the start date is flexible. The initial position is one-year and renewable for up to two additional years. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.

To Apply:

Forward your statement of research interests, CV, and ask three referees to send letters by email to Dr. Peggy St. Jacques, Please indicate “Postdoctoral Position” in the subject line.

Closing date:

Position will remain open until filled.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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.