One Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of Exercise Physiology, Neurophysiology and Molecular Neuroscience

Drs. Aimee Nelson and Margaret Fahnestock invite applications for a 1 year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of exercise physiology, neurophysiology and molecular neuroscience. The successful candidate will work on a project funded by the MIRA Interdisciplinary Scholarship Fund to explore the impact of exercise training on brain neurophysiology and neurotrophins in individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Research will be based primarily in the laboratory of Dr. Nelson (Human Neurophysiology and Imaging Laboratory, McMaster, and will involve collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Fahnestock (Neurotrophin laboratory,

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for and involved in all aspects of research, with particular focus on the implementation of high-intensity exercise training. The successful

candidate may also conduct independent research and is expected to write manuscripts,

present at national/international conferences, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The normal hours of work are 35 hours per week for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow, recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Annual Salary: $53,000 CAD per year + benefits.

This position is included within the Canadian union of public employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral fellows.


The successful candidate will have completed a PhD program within the last five years (not including parental leaves, etc) preceding the initial appointment start date. Previous experience in exercise physiology and/or neurophysiology is desirable.

How to Apply

Applications for the position are to be emailed to Dr. Aimee Nelson at and must include the following as a single file in the application:

  • a cover letter that details relevant research experience associated with the job description, highlighting any experience with exercise Physiology or neurophysiology
  • CV including a list of publications
  • list of three references and their contact information (references may include academic, industry and community-based organisations)

For additional information please contact Dr. Aimee Nelson at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. This position will be posted until filled.

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