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Postdoctoral Scholar, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 22492

Updated: March 23, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Cancer Genomics

Duration: 2 years, with potential for extension

Start Date: Position available immediately, start date negotiable

Salary: $50,000/year plus benefits - negotiable based on qualifications and experience

The Morrissy and Monument Labs are jointly seeking an outstanding scientist to join our team in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Computational Cancer Genomics.

Job Description:

Successful candidates will be PhD graduates who are interested in making fundamental discoveries in tumor evolution and immune response that can lead to translational impact in aggressive and largely incurable subtypes of sarcoma. 

Research approaches in our team include multi-omic profiling of tumor samples at the bulk and single cell level, paired with functional genomics, mouse modeling, and translational ‘mouse-hospital’ approaches. The project has a direct connection to the clinic and utilizes bio-banked material as well as prospectively collected sarcoma patient samples. We are particularly interested in the interplay between tumor cells and immune response, and what role the immune microenvironment plays in recurrent and metastatic disease. Understanding the molecular basis of tumor evolution after standard therapy could result in rapid clinical translation of novel therapies. 

We are part of a multi-disciplinary team of cancer researchers filled with passionate and determined individuals who will provide the successful candidate with a stimulating and conducive environment to participate and grow as a scientist. The research is conducted at the University of Calgary, in close collaboration with local and international scientists and clinicians, and thus will also provide the successful candidate with opportunities to learn from a large network of talented professionals.

Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead integrative analyses of multi-dimensional cancer genomics data from patient samples with rich clinical annotations, and from mouse models of the disease. The candidate will use statistical and machine learning approaches to interpret data (genomic/proteomic and spatial transcriptome datasets) in the context of tumour evolution, with the aim of understanding the dynamics of tumour growth, relapse, metastases and progression. The candidate will design and carry out experiments and lead the writing of scientific manuscripts.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should hold a PhD completed within the last 3 years, have a track record of creativity in developing analytic strategies, and a strong foundation of knowledge in one or more of the following: genomics, cancer biology, statistics, immunology.

Practical experience with bioinformatics, biostatistics, genome analysis, next-generation genome data management and analysis, Unix, Python, R & Bioconductor is highly desirable. Must be self-motivated, have strong written and verbal communication skills in English, and evidence of scientific accomplishment via peer-reviewed publications.

  • PhD with training in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics or cell biology 
  • Experience working in a Unix environment (shell scripting, command-line tools) 
  • Experience conducting large-scale data analyses (genomic/multi-omic)
  • Expertise with machine-learning methods, and statistical analyses using R 
  • Understanding of cancer cell biology or immunology is highly desirable 
  • Evidence of scientific accomplishment via peer-reviewed publications
  • Highly motivated with excellent organizational, problem-solving and communication skills (verbal and written)

Application Details:

Interested and qualified applicants should send (1) a cover letter describing previous work, career goals, and proposed start date, (2) CV, and (3) contact information for three referees. Address to Dr. Morrissy at [email protected]
 
The application deadline is April 15th, 2021.
 
Dr. Sorana Morrissy
Email: sorana.morrissy @ucalgary.ca
Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair Tier II in Precision Oncology
Cumming School of Medicine
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The University of Calgary
Room 307 Heritage Medical Research Building
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 4N1

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

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone. For more information visit research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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