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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Stem Cell Biology, Departments of Medical Genetics & Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Job ID: 14348

Updated: June 15, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Stem Cell Biology                    
Duration: One year 
Start Date: Immediate      
Salary: $40,000-$45,000 CAD

The Departments of Medical Genetics & Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Guang Yang.

Job Description:

The research in the Yang lab focuses on neural stem cells and brain development. Our current research combines molecular genetics, live imaging and genome-wide approaches to understand how neural stem cells give rise to the correct numbers and types of neurons in the mammalian brain.

Using the mouse cortex as the model system, we hope to dissect the molecular mechanisms that control neural stem cell maintenance and neuronal fate specification in the developing brain. The fundamental knowledge gained from this work will lead to a better understanding of how perturbations relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia, influence brain development and function.

The projects in our research group will involve utilizing various molecular, cellular, biochemical and imaging tools to study neural stem cell biology and brain development. Specifically, individuals will participate in studies that include, but are not limited to, dissecting translational repression complexes in neural stem cells and analyzing the role of RNA-binding proteins in brain development. Another potential avenue of research involves studying the mechanisms that mediate the effects of genetic and/or environmental risk factors for cognitive disorders.


A PhD degree in cell biology, developmental biology, or a related field is preferred. Prior experience with generating transgenic mice, ES cell culture, early embryo manipulation, and developmental biology. First author publications in these fields would be highly desirable. Must be self¿motivated, highly independent, and have excellent communication, written and interpersonal skills. Position available immediately, but starting date is negotiable.

Application details:  

Interested candidates should please submit their detailed CV with the names and contact information for three references in one PDF file to Dr. Guang Yang (

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.

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