Training Office

The clinical and research labs associated with the uOBMRI host a large number of trainees in the following programs:


  • Foster collaboration among trainees and researchers
  • Facilitate the management and placement of summer, undergraduate honours, UGME and PGME students
  • Encourage trainee integration from basic to clinical research
  • Improve the trainee experience by emphasizing career guidance and educational development
  • Create an integrated network to help strengthen the visibility of trainees within the uOBMRI family



We’re excited to share with you our uOBMRI CONNECT calendar, which aims to compiles all ongoing educational and research events with an affiliation to Neuroscience Program and the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute or its partners (Bruyère Research Institute, Carleton University, CHEO, Montfort Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research or the University of Ottawa). This calendar reflects all scheduled events so far, and will continue to be updated into Fall 2019.

How to submit an event to the uOBMRI CONNECT calendar:

  • We’re happy to update our calendar to include an event you’d like to share with our community! Please submit your event information via our Google Form

Please note:

  • The uOBMRI Team will process your event submission within 7 business days.
  • If you have a seminar series calendar available and want to enter multiple events into our calendar, please e-mail

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The uOBMRI, along with its partners and affiliations, award a variety of fellowships to its students and trainees. These fellowships give students a unique opportunity to focus their efforts towards specific areas of brain-related research.

Université Paris-Descartes

Annual funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects in the neurosciences between the University of Ottawa and Université Paris-Descartes. Our goal is to facilitate and strengthen collaborative relationships between the two universities and to establish the scientific foundations of a joint training and research program.



The University of Ottawa Centre for Neuromuscular Disease represents a multidisciplinary research and training initiative that unites world-class basic and clinical researchers working towards the common goal of diagnosing, characterizing and developing transformative therapies for patients with neuromuscular disease.

Learn more about fellowships and other opportunities related to neuromuscular diseases.

Parkinson’s Research Consortium

Parkinson’s Research Consortium logo

The Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC) was established in 2004 in Ottawa with the goal to create a hub for innovative ideas in Parkinson's Disease research. The PRC is composed of a select group of scientists from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) with diverse scientific talents and expertise in genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience and patient care.


Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

The Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canada’s leading stroke research centres. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the Partnership supports cutting-edge research to improve recovery and quality of life for people who experience a stroke.

CPSR Training Awards

Summer Studentships

Summer studentships are available on a competitive basis for undergraduate medical students at the University of Ottawa who are enrolled in their first or second year of training.

Summer Studentships

Research opportunities
Research Opportunities

Category: Clinical_Research

Date Posted: 19/08/2019

 Graduate Student (MS.c./Ph.D.) position  

Contact/Scientist: Dr. J.Wang

Program: Regenerative Medicine

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is an Affiliated Research Institute of the University of Ottawa and the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital. The OHRI has grown rapidly to become one of the largest and most important hospital-based research institutes in Canada.

Position available: Graduate (MS.c./Ph.D.) student position


Description of the position:  Our research focuses on delineating molecular mechanisms that regulate neural stem cell reprograming and differentiation, with the ultimate goal of defining ways to recruit the stem cells that are resident in the brains or are derived from non-neuronal cells, and to thereby potentially promote neural repair.  We are currently using stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism as brain disease models to explore underlying molecular mechanisms.  A variety of molecular, cellular, biochemical and behavioral techniques are used in the laboratory, including transgenic mouse models, in vivo neurodegenerative disease model,  primary cell culture,  co-IP and ChIP, and RNA-seq approaches and etc.



Eligibility Requirements:

  • Experience in Molecular Biology (cloning, mutagenesis, PCR), Cell Biology (cell line or primary cell culture, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry) or in vivo animal model study.
  • Excellence at the academic level and in research
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Deadline: Until the position is filled.

Individuals who are interested in the position should submit curriculum vitae, a copy of official transcripts, statement of research interest and names of three references to:

Dr. Jing Wang, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist , Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Assistant Professor  Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

University of Ottawa


Ottawa Hospital, 501 Smyth Rd, Box 411

Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6 CANADA

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted

Mutltiple Postdoctoal postitions available:

Theoretical neuroscience, nonlinear/statistical physics, cellular electrophysiology and imaging, computational neuroscience

Multiple theoretical, computational and experimental neuroscience postdoctoral positions are available immediately at the Centre for Neural Dynamics of the University of Ottawa.

Position 1: Theoretical neuroscience and nonlinear/statistical physics focusing on the dynamics of a population of core recurrent neurons within the hippocampus and their role in temporal and spatial memory. The candidate will be involved in collaborations between Profs. Len Maler, André Longtin and Jean-Claude Béïque.

Position 2: Experimental and computational neuroscience focusing on dendritic integration. Expertise in cellular electrophysiology and/or computational neuroscience is an asset. The candidate will be involved in collaborations between Profs. Richard Naud and Jean-Claude Béïque.

Position 3: Computational and experimental neuroscience focusing on dendritic integration and recurrent circuitry. Expertise in cellular electrophysiology and/or computational neuroscience is an asset. The candidate will be involved in collaborations between Profs. André Longtin, Richard Naud, Jean-Claude Béïque and Len Maler.

The researcher will join uOttawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute’s Center for Neural Dynamics. uOttawa’s Neuroscience community is fast expanding, highly dynamic and offers a rich array of collaborative opportunities. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a green, multi-cultural city that offers the highest standard of living in the country and is second worldwide for quality of life (Numbeo index, 2015). The city has many parks including the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal, and is surrounded by an extensive greenbelt and the vast Gatineau Park twenty minutes away. This bilingual, safe and culturally-rich city lies along the border between the provinces of Ontario and Québec, is a few hours of driving away from Montréal and Toronto and served by an international airport.

Each position is for one year with automatic renewal for a second year following satisfactory progress, and a possible extension to a third year. Interested candidates should submit their CV and a brief statement of research interests to . The successful candidate would be a salaried employee of the University with a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Applications including letter of interest and CV should be sent to Dr. André Longtin by EMAIL alongtin at

Dr. Richard Bergeron

Program Affiliation: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Department and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa

General Research interests/Key words:

  • The study of the function of the NMDA receptor in the central nervous system

Position Available: 2–3 motivated and hard-working summer students (preference given to year 3–4) and potential Honors and Graduate students for some of our projects

Please submit your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to Alexandra Sokolovski:

Ph.D and M.Sc. Candidate:

Computational neuroscience, statistical analysis of biomedical data

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. or M. Sc. candidate research assistant starting immediately at the University of Ottawa to work in collaboration between Dr. Richard Naud and Dr. Adam Sachs on modelling and optimization of brain machine interface in human multi-electrode array recordings. B. Sc. in engineering, mathematics, computer science or physics is required.

Applications including letter of interest and CV should be sent to Dr. Richard Naud by EMAIL rnaud at

Ph.D Candidate: 

Computational neuroscience, statistical analysis of biomedical data

Applications are invited for a ph.d. candidate research assistant starting immediately at the University of Ottawa to investigate features of dendritic integration and inhibitory microcircuit function computational and statistical approaches. The researcher will join a collaborative group with expertise in advanced computational modelling and statistical processing (Dr. Richard Naud). The candidate is expected to be competitive for external fellowships. The researcher will join uOttawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute’s Center for Neural Dynamics (Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Faculty of Medicine). uOttawa’s Neuroscience community is fast expanding, highly dynamic and offers a rich array of collaborative opportunities.

Applications including letter of interest and CV should be sent to Dr. Richard Naud by EMAIL rnaud at


Employment Opportunities
Category: Behaviour Core Facility Date Posted: 19-September-2019 End Date: Until Position is Filled  

Positions available:

Animal Behavior and Physiology Core Technician


Behaviour Core Facility

RGH, 451 Smyth Road,Ottawa, ON  K1H 8M5  

Description of the Position:

Full-time Junior Technician position to perform animal testing within the Behavioral and Physiology Core in Roger Guindon Hall at the University of Ottawa.


The Core Facility is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to serve the research community at the University of Ottawa, its affiliated Research Institutes, and external users through contracts.  The Core provides a time-efficient and cost-effective service for the design, execution, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data resulting from use of the Core's facilities.


The equipment enables a full battery of assays relevant to learning and memory, social behavior, sensory gating, motor function, and mood disorders. In addition, the core offers equipment in order to perform in vivo optogenetics, as well as measure various physiological outcomes using small animal telemetry (EEG, EMG, pressure) and non-invasive determinations of body composition and metabolic parameters.


The primary responsibility of this position will be to perform testing in rats using standardized protocols.  This person will also aid other core staff as required in setup of equipment, and analysis of data obtained within the core.

Eligibility Requirements:

Minimum of Undergraduate Degree in a related field, Technical college degree in a related field, and/or minimum of 1 year experience in research or working as an animal technician.

Practical experience with rats (prefer both mice and rats)

Experience using computer systems and software

Excellent written and oral communication skills (perfer Bilingual in French and English)


Until position is filled.


Qualified candidates should send a short letter of introduction describing their previous expertise and reasons for applying for this job, CV, and the names of three references to: Behavior and Physiology Core Advisory Committee, in care of Christina Sardella

Category: Clinical Research Date Posted: 06-May-2019 End Date: Until Position is Filled ID: 1328
Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Contact/Scientist: Dr. Lisa Walker
Program: Neuroscience

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa. With more than 1,700 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees and staff, and total revenues of more than $100 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. We are investigating virtually every major disease and condition, with a focus on answering important health questions and translating our findings into benefits for patients and society.

Job Description:
This postdoctoral fellowship provides an opportunity for a trainee to develop as an independent researcher as well as grow and contribute to MS Pillar research initiatives.  The trainee will work with the MS research group under the primary supervision of Dr. Lisa Walker, Neuropsychologist (TOH) and Clinician Scientist (OHRI) in the Cognitive Health in Multiple Sclerosis Research Lab, and in collaboration with Dr. Mark Freedman (Director, TOH MS Clinic; OHRI Senior Scientist) and other members of the Ottawa Hospital MS Clinic (affiliate of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics).

The uOBMRI MS research group includes a large group of clinician researchers and basic scientists all working toward a better understanding of MS from diverse perspectives.  Ongoing research represents a spectrum that includes examination of cellular mechanisms and immunological markers to applied clinical research.  The group has attained recognition for its multi-disciplinary projects evaluating both biomarkers and clinical outcomes of stem-cell therapies.  We would like to build upon this momentum to nurture further collaboration between bench and bedside researchers.  The primary aim of the fellowship is for preparation of funding applications that foster such partnerships.  In addition, the fellow will participate in ongoing initiatives that may include: an MS Clinic cognitive screening program, designing of cognitive fatigue interventions, assessment of outcomes following mesenchymal stem cell therapy, examination of cognitive outcomes following exercise interventions, and other related initiatives.

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
• PhD in Psychology, or related field in the Social or Health Sciences.
• Commitment to MS research
• Strong record of academic training, proven research experience, the demonstrated ability to work independently, and leadership potential

Preferred Qualifications:
• Strong methodological and analytical skills
• Experience with SPSS or related software
• Excellent scientific writing and verbal skills in English
• Prior MS research experience (or related area)

Contract Details:
Salary: $20.512/hour, $40,000 per annum (minimum annual stipend).
There is an entitlement to Health and Dental Benefits, 2 weeks paid vacation and 12 paid sick days per year.

Comments to Applicant:
Interested candidates should send a complete CV with description of research experience, a writing sample (e.g. published article or draft manuscript), a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor or doctoral supervisor, and proof of completed doctoral requirements (e.g. copy of diploma, or letter from registrar’s office or doctoral thesis committee) to:

Contact Info:
Dr. Lisa Walker
The Ottawa Hospital
501 Smyth Road
Suite 7300
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8L6

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