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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Microbiology, Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance

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Job ID: 13352

Updated: October 11, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Molecular Microbiology with a focus on MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
Duration: Initial term of one or two years but can be renewed
Start Date: As soon as possible
Annual Stipend: $40,000/annum plus extended health and dental benefits

The Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory in Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Molecular Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellow.

Job Description:

The Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance is a joint-program between Alberta Health Services (AHS), Calgary Laboratory Services, and the University of Calgary which focuses efforts to detect and limit antimicrobial resistance in Alberta.

The successful applicant will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Kunyan Zhang, whose current research has focused on the molecular detection, characterization and pathogenicity of multidrug-resistant staphylococci, including the re-emerging community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). This position will focus on studies related to the virulence and pathogenesis of S. aureus, as well as the development of a new molecular assay for rapid detection of MRSA, which is successfully funded through a recent CIHR Operation Grant Competition.


The successful candidate will have recently graduated with a PhD in Molecular Biology and/or Microbiology, and have an excellent academic and publication record. Excellent oral and written communication skills are also a requirement. The individual should be strongly motivated and capable of working independently. Candidates should have a solid background in molecular and cellular techniques. Experience with molecular microbiology assay development is considered an asset. The ideal candidate is also willing to work for a short period (several weeks per year) with our European collaboration industrial partner located in Paris, France.

Application Details:

Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a statement of research interests and goals, and the names of three references to the address below. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Suzanne Buffel
Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance,
Alberta Health Services/ Calgary Laboratory Services/ University of Calgary
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 a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

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.

About Calgary, Alberta

Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, 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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