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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience of Prenatal Environment, Departments of Medical Genetics and Radiology

Job ID: 14999

Updated: June 13, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Neuroscience of Prenatal Environment
Duration: Two years

Start Date: Spring/summer 2018 or negotiable            
Salary: $45,000/yr + benefits

The Departments of Medical Genetics and Radiology in the Cumming School of Medicine are accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work with Drs. Deborah Kurrasch and Catherine Lebel in the area of neuroscience. This is an interdisciplinary position involving both mouse models of neurodevelopment and human pediatric neuroimaging. Applicants should have experience in neuroimaging and/or neurodevelopment and an interest in fetal environment.


Dr. Kurrasch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics. She has expertise in hypothalamic development, and how environmental insults alter brain development. Dr. Lebel is an Asssistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and has experience investigating structural and functional brain development in childhood and brain abnormalities in children with brain disorders.


The postdoctoral scholar will work with Drs. Kurrasch and Lebel to study relationships between prenatal environment and brain outcomes. This interdisciplinary project will entail both neuroimaging in children to determine relationships between prenatal environment and brain structure (Lebel lab), and using mouse models to seek to identify the neurodevelopmental processes that led to changes in brain structure (Kurrash lab). This project seeks to provide insight into how the prenatal environment can cause the changes observed in human epidemiological studies showing that children exposed in utero to differing environments show different brain phenotypes.


Applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, or other relevant discipline, and experience with MR image processing/analysis or mouse models of neurodevelopment.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, graduate transcript, and 2 recommendation letters to and


The PDS will be affiliated with the University of Calgary and the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).  The Owerko Centre is a $10M state-of-the-art research space dedicated to promoting collaborative neurodevelopmental and metnal health research across the University of Calgary and its affiliated hospitals. ACHRI brings together over 180 inter0disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioural, meotional, cognitive, and physical health. 

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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