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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Job ID: 14860

Updated: May 15, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Duration: 1 year, renewable            
Start Date: Immediately   
Salary: Minimum of $45,000 per year plus benefits    

The Department of Biochemistry in the Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Job Description:

A postdoctoral position is available to study the development of vascular stabilization using the zebrafish model in the lab of Sarah Childs at the University of Calgary. We seek to understand the interactions between the endothelial lining and mural cell support cells using genetics, developmental biology, genomics, and imaging.

The postdoctoral fellow will undertake an independent project to examine the effect of genes promoting vascular stability, looking at downstream targets, gene networks, signalling pathways and the effects on vascular morphogenesis in the zebrafish model. The lab interests can be found online.

We are located at the University of Calgary, in newly renovated labs within the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. State of the art imaging and molecular biology facilities are available.


We seek a creative, energetic postdoc to work on a funded project, available immediately.

  • A PhD degree in cell biology, developmental biology, or a related field is preferred.
  • Candidates must be within 3 years of their PhD degree and have a strong background in molecular biology.
  • Prior experience with developmental or vascular biology is preferred.
  • Skills in confocal microscopy and imaging are also desired.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills are desirable.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success.

Application details:  

Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter outlining their interests, and the names of three references to Dr. Sarah Childs, Please note that due to the volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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