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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Medical Genomics/Genetics, Bioinformatics, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics

Job ID: 14224

Updated: November 3, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Medical Genomics/Genetics, Bioinformatics                      
Duration: 2 year term with a review after the first year and possibility of extension beyond 2 years    
Start Date: Immediately or Negotiable          
Annual Stipend: Commensurate with experience (minimum $40,000/year)          

The Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Genomics.

Job Description:

The Tarailo-Graovac group is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to be part of an emerging area of deciphering genetic modifiers for rare human disorders using model organism and human genomics approaches. The high throughput sequencing method of choice used in the Tarailo-Graovac group is whole genome sequencing (WGS).

This position allows the candidate a unique opportunity to be exposed to a multidisciplinary approach (human and model organism genomics; ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ lab approaches) and to contribute innovative research with a substantial direct translational potential (e.g. better diagnostic and prognostic approaches, and identification of new treatment targets for rare disease patients).

This position offers the candidate opportunity to instruct and supervise technicians, mentor trainees and to develop and lead the individual research program in the Tarailo-Graovac group focused on modulators of rare disease genes.

This is a full-time grant funded position with the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine.

Work Performed:

  • Providing supervision and mentorship to bioinformatics trainees
  • Keeping up-to-date with scientific advances (e.g. relevant literature review, scientific meetings, twitter)
  • Designing projects and experiments
  • Reviewing emerging technological advances (e.g. high throughput sequencing, *omics)
  • Compiling, analyzing and interpreting diverse sets of data (e.g. phenomics, genomics)
  • Writing: study reports, manuscripts, reviews
  • Communicating results: conference presentations, www, collaborators nationally and internationally
  • Participating in the preparation of grant application packages and communication reports for funders
  • Performing applied genome analysis of high throughput sequencing data
  • Assessing existing and developing innovative approaches to accurate detection of ‘all’ types of genetic variations in an individual genome
  • Integrating deep-phenotyping data with genomics/transcriptomics data
  • Validating bioinformatics discoveries experimentally (opportunity for hands-on experience)
  • Reporting to Dr. Tarailo-Graovac and the team on the progress during regular individual and lab meetings


  • PhD degree in Genome Sciences, Medical Genetics/Genomics, Bioinformatics or related disciplines
  • Extensive knowledge of genomics and genetics
  • Extensive knowledge of Unix, Linux, R, Python and/or related programming languages (e.g. Perl)
  • Experience with Cluster Computing
  • Experience working with animal models of disease (genomics)
  • Experience in molecular genetics will be considered an asset
  • The candidate is expected to show:
    • Drive and enthusiasm to both lead and work as a member of a team
    • Creativity, initiative and good judgment for multi-tasking in a deadline oriented environment
    • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to learn new skills quickly
    • Enthusiasm for highly interdisciplinary research and drive to explore emerging techniques
    • Accuracy and attention to detail

Application details: 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with research interests, brief statement on their future goals, and fit with the group’s research focus, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference to Maja Tarailo-Graovac at Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The position will be open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine

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