PhD student – cannabis

Clinical research on cannabis for non-therapeutic purposes

The clinical research laboratory directed by Dr. Didier Jutras-Aswad at the  Research Center of the University of Montreal Hospital Center is looking for a PhD student in the field of drug addiction.

The PhD student will have the opportunity to be involved in clinical trials evaluating the physiological and psychological effects associated with the consumption of non-therapeutic cannabis according to the different forms, methods of use and constituents, on the general population and in at-risk populations. Under the supervision of the principal investigator, he/she will have the opportunity to acquire expertise and master the different activities involved in clinical trials: knowledge of the different regulatory aspects of projects, development of analysis strategies, analysis of data, writing of articles for publication in scientific journals and participation in scientific outreach activities (congresses, conferences, etc.).

The PhD student will be part of an established research team of international reputation frequently solicited by policy makers and other knowledge users. The multidisciplinary team includes project managers, medical writers, research officers, data managers and patient partners who will support the student in his/her performance. For more information on the laboratory outreach, please follow the news on Twitter (@DJutras_Aswad).


  • Master degree in biomedical sciences, psychiatry, neuroscience, psychology, or other relevant discipline;
  • Be motivated and have experience in clinical research in the field of psychiatry, addiction or related field;
  • Strong interest in working with populations suffering from addictions and mental health;
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis methods;
  • Strong knowledge of French (an asset) and English;
  • Autonomy, strong writing and communication skills.


Status: full time

Location: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Research Centre

Duration: three to five years

To apply:

Interested candidates should e-mail their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, their academic transcripts and contact information of two individuals who may act as references to:

Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2022

Planned start date: as early as possible but flexible.

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.