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

University of Calgary

  • Canada
  • $55,000 per year
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 4 months ago
Position Description

Area: Genetic Modelling of Vascular Anomalies in Zebrafish

Duration: 2 years, extendible

Start Date: November 1, 2020

Salary: $55,000 per year plus benefits (negotiable depending on experience)

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Genetic Modelling of Vascular Anomalies in Zebrafish.

Job Description:

We are looking for a creative, motivated postdoc to conduct independent research on the genetic basis of arteriovenous malformation and vascular overgrowths. Our lab models human genetic mutations leading to vascular anomalies in the zebrafish model so that we can understand the mechanism of disease, identify inhibitors and understand the interactions between genetic and mechanical (mechanobiology) inputs into vessel formation and homeostasis. This project will focus on the MAP kinase signaling pathway in vascular biology.

The postdoc will use molecular biology skills to create molecular constructs, conduct state of the art microscopy (Zeiss LSM 880, TEM and other techniques), knockout (CRISPR), gain of function (transgenic) techniques to probe the biology associated vascular malformations. The postdoc will collaborate with other members of the lab and be part of a vibrant developmental biology and genetics with access to all state of the art equipment necessary for the project.

  • A PhD, with 2 years or less of post-PhD research
  • Demonstrated excellence in the form of peer reviewed publications
  • The candidate will have strong molecular biology (cloning) skills and be familiar with CRISPR
  • Microscopy experience strongly preferred
  • Developmental biology experience in any model, but especially zebrafish is desired
  • Creative thinking, strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and excellent time management skills are required as this is an independent research project
  • Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. International trainees currently located in Canada are encouraged to apply
Application Details:

Please send the following documents to: Dr. Sarah Childs, . * Your CV
  • The names and contact details of 3 references
  • A statement (no more than one page) of your reason for interest in this position, including how your experience and skills would support the proposed project
Additional Information

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

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 .

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 .

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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