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Post Doctoral Scholar Position, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 16849

Updated: November 8, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Neuroscience
Duration : Minimum 2 years
Start date: March 2019 (negotiable)
Salary: $55,000/year plus medical benefits

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Kurrasch to work as part of a multidisclipinary team on a new project entitled: The effect of gestational cannabis exposure on the developing rodent brain. This position is funded by the competitive and prestigious Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholars program, an initiative to bring highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to the University of Calgary.

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will join an energetic team of individuals working to understand how maternal challenges affect the developing brain, with a particular focus on the hypothalamus – a critical and evolutionarily conserved brain region that controls many important physiologies such as sleep, reproduction, eating, and thirst. This person will be responsible for developing a protocol for administering cannabis to pregnant dams (mice) using our newly purchased vaporization chambers. They will study whether exposure to cannabis during gestation affects neural development, and if so, whether this leads to lasting effects on behavior. Responsibilities include generating, analyzing, graphing and presenting results, writing and submitting manuscripts. The Scholar will be expected to generate new ideas in collaboration with the Principle Investigator. On a daily basis the scholar will interact with other laboratory personnel, train graduate and undergraduates.

Qualifications:

Candidate must have a recent PhD (within 3 years of graduation) in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, or a related discipline. Experience working with mice a plus, but not required. The candidate will have technical expertise in molecular biology, mouse husbandry, and imaging approaches, as well as consider themselves tech savvy. The candidate must also have a track record of academic success as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, awards, and scholarships.

Application details:

Interested applicants please provide: 1) a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) the names and contact information for three persons who have agreed to provide references.

Submit applications via email directly to Deborah Kurrasch, Kurrasch@ucalgary.ca . Please indicate Cannabis Eyes High PDF in the subject line. Visit www.ucalgary.ca/kurraschlab for an overview of the laboratory.

Deadline for application is December 15, 2018.

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.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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