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Postdoctoral Scholar in Gut-Brain Axis in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Job ID: 31550
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated April 10, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


Area: Gut-Brain Axis 

Duration: 2 years

Start Date: Ability to relocate to Calgary, Alberta for July 1, 2024

Salary:  $50,000 + benefits

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gut-Brain Axis in Neurodevelopment.

Job Description:

A postdoctoral fellow position is available at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pediatrics for a highly qualified and motivated individual to support our projects focused on role of the gut-brain-microbiota axis in autism spectrum disorder and models of epilepsy.  The successful candidate should have a strong background in (animal models, neuroscience, metabolomics, metabolism). Bioinformatics expertise is also an asset.

The candidate will work on research projects investigating the microbiome-metabolome relationships across a range of experimental models. Experimental approaches and tools will include rodent models, human specimens, microbiota sequencing, metabolomics and bioinformatics. The postdoctoral fellow will also have access to state-of-the-art core centers to perform cutting edge research. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised collaboratively by Dr. Jane Shearer and Dr. Morris Scantlebury who bring diverse perspectives to research on neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders.  The candidate will be expected to participate in training activities of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) as requested.


  • Demonstrated excellence in the form of peer-reviewed publications. The applicant is expected to be of the highest caliber with an academic and publication track record that would be competitive for national and international fellowships.
  • They will have completed their PhD in Metabolism, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or other field related to nutrition and the gut microbiota within last three years. The candidate should have a strong background in working with rodent disease models. Knowledge of microbiota assessment and data integration are a must. Metabolomics expertise is also an asset.
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills along with excellent oral and communication skills are a requirement for this position.
  • Communication: Fluency in English, both written and oral. Experience presenting to academic audience is required.
  • Time-management: The applicant must have excellent time management skills and be able to work in a self-directed manner within an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Supervision: Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is an asset

Application Details:

  • Cover letter describing research background and interests
  • CV with complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of three professional references

Review of applications will start June 1, 2024; but will be reviewed until an applicant has been found. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Please send application materials to:

Dr. Jane Shearer. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Calgary. Email: [email protected]

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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