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Postdoctoral and graduate student opportunities - Resilience and diversity of complex biological networks - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

  • 25 May 2024 7:00 AM
    Message # 13361706

    Postdoctoral and graduate student opportunities -  Resilience and diversity of complex biological networks - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

    Application Deadline: June 1st  2024

    (Submitted on behalf of Frithjof Lutscher <>

    The Lefebvre and Kharouba labs are seeking candidates to fill ONE Postdoctoral and ONE PhD (Theoretical Biology, Physics) fully funded positions to explore how resilience and heterogeneity influences the dynamics of complex biological networks. These interdisciplinary projects will combine mathematical (e.g., dynamical systems, spectral theory), computational (e.g., data-informed simulations) approaches used in mathematical biology, neuroscience and other complex systems fields to study how diversity contributes to the stability and resilience of brain function(s). The overall objective of the projects is to better understand the role played by heterogeneity in the genesis of critical events (e.g., seizures) and identify potential intervention strategies.

    The successful candidate will join the Lefebvre and Kharouba labs in the Departments of Biology and Physics at the University of Ottawa, as well as an extensive network of existing experimental and clinical collaborations with both internal and external groups. The research will be conducted in the uOttawa Bioscience Complex, a teaching and research hub hosting dozens of state-of-the-art experimental and computational interdisciplinary research facilities in downtown Ottawa, Canada. Successful candidates will be immersed in a highly interdisciplinary environment, with access to many additional training and networking activities, and be associated with Centre for Neural Dynamics, the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology, the uOttawa Brain and Mind Institute as well as the Krembil Brain Institute.


    Postdoctoral position: as early as July 1st 2024 PhD position: September 1st  2024.

    Position Description:

    Trainees will be expected to work in-person for most of the position. Trainees will be expected to participate in the lab's scholarly activities (i.e., workshops, meetings), and to support other lab member's work whenever applicable. We expect from applicants to demonstrate the ability to work respectfully with others in teams to carry out project goals and contribute to an inclusive lab environment. Additional details of the projects will be provided during the interview process. Please don't hesitate to reach out at Jeremie.Lefebvre [at] for any questions.


    The ideal candidates are expected to possess strong mathematical, computing, writing and presentation skills, and express a vivid interest in computational neuroscience, applied mathematics, computational biology and biophysics.

    Applicants must meet the required qualifications for admission to graduate/postgraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, and comply to international regulations regarding traveling, studying and working in Canada whenever applicable. Successful candidates must be eligible to work in Ontario as of July 1st  2024 (or at a mutually agreed date)


    Postdoctoral position: This position is fully funded for 2 years (July. 2024 - June. 2026, or mutually agreed date) with a stipend of $48,000 CAD per year plus benefits.

    PhD position: This position is fully funded for 4 years (Sept. 2024 - Aug. 2028) with a stipend of $30,000 CAD per year, including teaching assistantship duties. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions and/or other scholarships, such as entrance scholarships.

    Accommodations and Accessibility: Should you require a copy of this posting in an alternate format, please contact us as soon as possible and we would be happy to get one to you in a timely manner. We believe in the importance of supporting on the-job success for the incumbent and are pleased to discuss and/or provide specific tools, resources, or other requirements for day-to-day work requirements, as needed.

    How to Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their application by June 1st 2024  to Jeremie.Lefebvre[at], using the subject "Resilience position". In your dossier, please include:

    1. A cover letter stating your interest and explaining why you are a good candidate for this position, and specify clearly which position (Postdoc, PhD) you are applying for ;

    2. up to date CV including a list of publication, if applicable ;

    3. Contact information for 2 references;

    Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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