Area: Synthetic biology in eukaryotic systems
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $50,000 CAD plus benefits
The Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Synthetic Biology.
The postdoctoral scholar will work under the co-supervision of Dr. Mark Ungrin and Dr. Constance Finney in a federally-funded research program, piloting a new synthetic biology approach to the treatment of disease. The results of this research will form the foundation for subsequent funding application to nucleate a larger program around the concept. While this work is at an early stage, the team has a strong track record of translating their work into impact, via licensing, startup, patenting, and transition of trainees to industry positions. As one example, our AggreWell platform has been widely adopted for the generation of organoids, and is now referenced in well over a thousand publications from around the world. Dr. Ungrin’s laboratory focuses on organoids and stem cells in various health and disease states, and Dr. Finney is an expert in infectious disease immunology. The successful applicant will work as part of a team with our groups and our collaborators, with the opportunity to influence the future directions of the program, contribute to grant-writing, supervise more junior trainees and gain leadership experience within our networks. The position will require focus, commitment, and some flexibility in work hours, but we also believe strongly in work-life balance, whether taking time with children / family, paddling the Bow river through the city, or exploring the nearby mountains. Dr. Ungrin was named 2017’s “Outstanding Supervisor” by the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students’ Association, and Dr. Finney was awarded the Canadian Society of Zoology’s Science Communication Award in 2018 as a member of the Host Parasite Interactions Training Network. We prioritize supporting our trainees in pursuing a diverse range of career objectives, whether within or outside academia. The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to apply for national/international awards, but will be guaranteed a minimum stipend of $50,000/year + benefits
The successful candidate will be able to carry out research with a focus on reproducibility, safety and good record keeping, both independently and as part of a respectful, positive and mutually supportive team. A recent PhD is required,* and direct experience in some combination of synthetic biology, molecular cloning and construct generation, and mammalian cell culture is strongly desired. Creativity and a willingness to learn are also important, as are written and oral communications skills. Experience with bioinformatics would be an asset but is not required.
* Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.
Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name] to Mark Ungrin, Associate Professor at [email protected]
All applications must include:
- Cover Letter (1-2 pages) that explains how the applicant’s research interests and publication record are appropriate for the position. Please include a brief statement on your commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Current curriculum vitae (CV), no more than 5 pages
- Official or unofficial copy of all diploma(s) / university certificate(s); and
- Contact information including email addresses for two (2) references to support the application.
Applicants are encouraged to apply to this position immediately. Application packages will be accepted until the position is filled.
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 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
About the University of Calgary
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