MSc Offer: Health Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
This Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and Canadian Cancer Society funded psychophysiology study will look at how smoking affects the body responses to acute episodes of mental (such as a math task under time pressure, or an argument with a spouse) and physical (exercise) stress. We will be comparing e-cigarettes with traditional (combustible) cigarettes and not smoking (abstinence). We will also be testing non-smokers to see if there is a difference between non-smokers. We will measure a variety of cardiovascular, respiratory, and inflammatory variables, pre, during, and post stress. The position will be based at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca), which is a collaborative centre between the CIUSSS-NIM, Concordia University, and UQAM.
The individual who is selected for this position will be expected to work with study PI’s, Drs. Simon Bacon (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca/member/simon-bacon/) and Kim Lavoie (http://mbmc-cmcm.ca/member/kim-lavoie-2/), in delivering the project. The MSc student will be able to work on a variety of research-related aspects of the study including:
- Delivery of the psychophysiological testing protocol
- Recruitment of participants
- Post-testing data processing and analyses
- Participating in stakeholder engagement activities
- A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g., Psychology, Physiology, Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Medicine)
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated research experience (e.g., honours thesis, conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications)
- Ability to work autonomously and take a lead role on projects under supervision of principal investigators
Preference will be given to candidates with:
- Prior experience conducting research in at least one of the following areas
- Stress testing
- Cardiovascular, respiratory, or inflammatory marker assessment
- Applied psychological assessments
- Experience using integrated stakeholder engagement strategies
- Openness to learn new methods and techniques in an applied clinical setting
- Ability to communicate (orally) in both English and French
Provincial, national and international candidates are encouraged to apply
Start date, Duration, Stipend, and Location
The MSc will start in September 2021; funding has already been received.
The funding package consists of a 2-year stipend (consistent with Fonds de Recherche du Quebec funding levels) plus conference / training funding. For out of province and international candidates there are also tuition waivers potentially available.
The successful candidate will be registered at Concordia University in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology (www.concordia.ca); the actual work would be conducted at the CIUSSS-NIM, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal (https://rechercheciusssnim.ca/). Please note that the language of instruction at Concordia is English.
To apply, please forward the following:
- A complete curriculum vitae, including summary of GPA’s, a full publication list (including hyperlinks where possible) and email contact details for two referees
- A letter of motivation and statement of research accomplishments and future research goals
- An example of written research work
How to apply:
- The complete application package must be emailed to: email@example.com. Please include “MSc in E-cigarette” in the subject line.
- Queries about the application should be sent to either Dr. Lavoie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Bacon (email@example.com).
- The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday December 11, 2020, 5 pm EST. Interviews will be conducted in January 2021 and the successful candidate will need to apply to the University by the official application deadline.