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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Developmental Genetics and Placental Biology

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Job ID: 17855

Updated: May 6, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:   Developmental Genetics and Placental Biology
Duration:   1 year in the first instance with funding available for up to three years 
Start date:   as soon as possible
Salary:   $50,000 per year plus benefits

Dr. Myriam Hemberger in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow in Developmental Genetics and Placental Biology

Job Description:
We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of developmental genetics, with in-depth expertise in mouse knockout analyses and mouse genetics including the use of conditional deletion approaches. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Myriam Hemberger in close co-supervision by Dr. Wendy Dean. The core aim of the project is to decipher cause-effect relationships between placental and congenital heart defects in multiple conditional mouse knockout models. Phenotype assessment methods will include transcriptomics, pathohistology of the placenta, and state-of-the-art imaging approaches such as micro-CT and light sheet microscopy. Expertise in placental biology, RNA-seq library preparation and their bioinformatic analysis, as well as advanced imaging techniques will be highly desirable. 

The candidate will play a leading role in an international research collaboration and is expected to communicate effectively and maturely with the collaborating teams. They will join a thriving and interactive research environment set within a newly refurbished open-plan laboratory space. State-of-the-art computational, imaging and molecular biology facilities are available. The candidate will also benefit from a motivational research environment and engage with a broad range of investigators with expertise in developmental biology, model organisms, medical genetics and stem cell and cancer (epi)genetics.

Qualifications:

We seek a talented, highly motivated postdoc to work on a funded project, available immediately.

The successful candidate will hold and/or be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD degree obtained within the last 3-years in developmental biology, genetics, reproductive biology or a related subject area.
  • Proven track record in academic research. 
  • An excellent understanding of mouse genetics and development, and of the use of complex mouse knockout models. 
  • Hands-on expertise in genotyping, histology, immunohistochemistry, and RNA-ISH.
  • Expertise in the generation and analysis of RNA-seq libraries is highly desirable.
  • Expertise in advanced imaging techniques such as micro-CT and light-sheet microscopy is also highly desirable. 

Application details:  

For further information on this position, please contact myriam.hemberger@ucalgary.ca. Interested applicants should apply by email to the above investigators and include a Cover Letter describing their motivation for this position, a detailed CV, a description of their research expertise and the names and contact details of 3 referees.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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.

About the University of Calgary

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About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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