Opportunities in the Department

 


Graduate Student Position


The Hubbard laboratory is looking for a graduate student to join their dynamic and enthusiastic research team.

Potential project areas include:


(i) Investigating genes that control aging and longevity (and working on drugs to target these)


(ii) Improving and deploying tools for gene editing


Applicants should apply initially to the Department of Pharmacology (http://www.pmcol.ualberta.ca/grad/how.html) for entry to the graduate program, indicating an interest in working with Dr Hubbard.



POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN NEURODEGENERATION


Sipione Lab


A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Simonetta Sipione, in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta to study the role of gangliosides in Huntington’s disease, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection. The project will be developed in collaboration with other laboratories at the University of Alberta and in the Alberta Glycomics Centre, and will involve a wide range of models and techniques, including transgenic mice, primary cell cultures and human blood cells, FACS, confocal microscopy, gangliosides and protein analysis, proteomics, real-time PCR, lipid-protein binding assays and other cell biology and biochemistry techniques. Contract position is for one year renewable up to four years, depending on funding availability.


Basic qualifications:


  • Candidates must be within 0-24 months of completing their PhD degree in a discipline related to biomedical research;
  • demonstrated scientific productivity and a minimum of 1 publication in an international journal;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • experience in basic cell biology and biochemistry techniques;
  • expertise in one or more of the following fields and techniques would be an asset: neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, biochemistry, and biology of glycosphingolipeds, primary cultures of neurons and microglia, confocal microscopy, cell biology techniques

To Apply:

Forward your CV, a cover letter that outlines your career objectives and why you are a good fit for the project, and contact information for three references to:


Dr. Simonetta Sipione

ssipione@ualberta.ca


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.



Graduate Student/PostDoctoral Fellow Position


The research group of Dr Stephane Bourque at the University of Alberta is looking to fill a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow position. Our research group focuses uses a combination of integrated physiological assessments, isolated tissue assessments, and molecular approaches to study mechanisms underlying normal and accelerated age-related changes in cardiovascular function.


We currently have two complementary CIHR-funded programs that focus on:


(i) mechanisms by which prenatal stressors such as iron deficiency impact fetal growth and development, which result in accelerated age-related decline in cardiovascular function;


(ii) mechanisms by which ‘normal’ aging impacts acute hemodynamic regulation, which makes elderly patients more susceptible to life-threatening conditions such as sepsis and septic shock.


There is considerable freedom in the laboratory to ensure incoming students/fellows are engaged in a research area that interests them. We collaborate closely with clinician-scientists to ensure our research questions are focused on the needs of patients.


Interested applicants should send a CV and unofficial transcripts and brief description of research interests to Dr Stephane Bourque (sbourque@ualberta.ca).



POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN CRYOBIOLOGY


Hubbard Lab


The Hubbard lab (Department of Pharmacology, University of Alberta) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join their dynamic and enthusiastic research team. The successful candidate will work on a cryobiology project to assess the biochemical and biophysical properties of novel synthetic cryoprotective compounds, and examine their cryoprotective capacity in human cells, tissues, and possibly even organs (long-term objective). This project is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration being developed in conjunction with researchers in the Alberta Glycomics Centre. Techniques that will be employed include: nanolitre osmometry (to measure thermal hysteresis), ice recrystallization inhibitor (IRI) assays, primary and non-primary cell culture, various cell proliferation and viability assays (e.g. assessing RBC viability – Drabkin’s method), and optimizing freezing protocols using our programmable freezer. Longer-term objectives will involve dissection of murine tissues for cryopreservation, and subsequent assay of tissue damage and viability. In addition, the postdoc will have the opportunity to work on a second project investigating the mammalian genetics underlying cryopreservation. This position is for one year renewable for up to four years, depending on funding availability.


Basic qualifications:


  • Candidate must be within 0-24 months of completing their PhD degree in a discipline related to molecular biology/biochemistry or cryobiology
  • Candidate must have a record of scientific productivity and a minimum of 1 first-author publication in an impactful journal (IF>5) or a highly regarded subject specific journal (e.g. Cryobiology, Journal of Virology, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English)
  • Experience in basic molecular biology techniques (cloning, PCR, western blot, etc.), and biochemistry
  • Expertise in cryobiology is preferred but not essential
  • Self-motivated individual, able to work independently, in collaborations and in multidisciplinary teams

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, and a summary of your relevant research experience, as well as a copy of your CV and contact information of three references to:


Dr Basil Hubbard

bphubbard@ualberta.ca


Expected Starting Date:

March, 2017


Closing Date:

Position open until filled


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.