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Postdoctoral Scholar in Prion Disease Research, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 32206
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated June 26, 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:            Prion Disease Research

Duration:     Full-Time, 1 year term with the possibility of extension

Start Date:   September 1, 2024; later possible depending on availability of successful candidate

Salary:         Commensurate with experience

The Department of  in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine  at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Prion Disease Research.

Job Description:

  • Conduct research focused on the molecular mechanisms of prion diseases
  • Study endocytic trafficking pathways and mechanisms underlying defects in endosomal cargo sorting and transport in neuronal cells using microscopy and biochemical  methods
  • Investigate cellular stress responses to protein aggregation in the context of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Develop and maintain various models of prion infection, including primary neuron cultures, neuronal cell lines, organotypic slice cultures to assess the impact of prion infection on 
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to advance our understanding of prion diseases
  • Publish research findings in high-impact journals and present at international conferences


  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or a closely related field within the last two years
  • Demonstrated experience with microscopy techniques and biochemical assays
  • Experience in using BioID approaches to study interactomes is an asset
  • Knowledge of cellular stress mechanisms and protein aggregation
  • Experience in culturing and manipulating primary neurons is an asset
  • Familiarity with prion diseases, particularly in the context of neurodegeneration
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively

Application Details:

About the Gilch Lab: The Gilch Lab is dedicated to the study of prion diseases, aiming to uncover the pathogenic mechanisms and develop potential therapies.  We are equipped with cutting-edge facilities and foster a collaborative and innovative research environment.  Learn more about our research

The University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is home to a vibrant community of postdoctoral fellows and dedicated to their career development.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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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