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Post Doctoral Fellowship, DNA Damage and Genome Instability, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Job ID: 14448

Updated: January 15, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: DNA Damage and Genome Instability
Duration: One year            
Start Date: Immediately   
Annual Stipend: $50,000 per annum

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in DNA damage and Genome Instability.

Job Description:

Research in Dr. Goodarzi’s lab focuses on slow-repairing DNA double strand breaks, particularly those induced within densely compacted heterochromatin or by high linear energy transfer ionizing radiation such as alpha particles emitted by radon gas. We are especially curious about DNA double-strand break repair processes involving nucleosome-remodeling enzymes. 

The PDF shall undertake research elucidating the molecular function of CHD6 chromatin remodeling enzyme in context of DNA damage response and human cancer. The successful candidate will also assist with graduate student mentorship and training. Their primary role above else, will be to work on a research project as defined by ourselves, with the aim to publish this work in a suitable journal. Lastly, they will be expected to apply for external postdoctoral fellowships and comply with all granting agency rules and regulations.

Qualifications: Must have a PhD within the two years immediately preceding appointment. Excellent communication skills, culturally competent, proven ability to work co-operatively with colleagues from a range of different disciplines, and countries. Have a strong record of publications and previous research experience.

Application details:  Potential candidates are invited to forward the following documents to Dr. Aaron Goodarzi at

  • Cover letter detailing your interest,
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Proof of completion of PhD,
  • Three letters of reference (one from your previous supervisor)

The position will remain open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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