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Postdoctoral Scholar in Rare Disease Diagnostics, Department of Medical Genetics

Job ID: 19118

Updated: August 20, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:              Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Medical Genetics
Duration:        Two years  
Start date:      As soon as possible
Salary:           $50,000/yr plus Plan C Benefits (Alberta Blue Cross)

The Department of Medical Genetics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Rare Disease Diagnostics

Job Description:

The Clinical Genetics Research Group (CGRG), in the Department of Genetics, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow with specialization in next generation sequencing (NGS) of whole exomes/genomes (WES/WGS). The successful candidate will be working in the Calgary Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at the Alberta Children’s Hospital under the leadership of the Department Head, Dr. Francois Bernier and Lab Directors, Drs. Jillian Parboosingh and Ryan Lamont. The CGRG’s research activities involve translational genomics, specifically the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) to diagnose rare genetic disease (RD). Currently it is estimated that 1/3 of RD patients remain undiagnosed resulting in lengthy and invasive diagnostic investigations as well as uninformed patient care.

The research fellow will assist investigators with project-specific analyses of data from WES/WGS of rare disease patients and will contribute expertise and service to research programs that are competitive for funding at the provincial/national levels.  The postdoctoral fellow is expected to attend and participate in Medical Genetics seminars, Exome Rounds, Journal Club, and research lab meetings.


The ideal candidate will be a recent PhD graduate (within the past 3 years) in molecular and medical genetics or related field with a competitive publications list and academic record.  In addition, the individual should have:

  • Experience with molecular sequencing techniques.
  • Experience with technical aspects of NGS and the analysis of NGS data including variant prioritization and classification (commercial software experience would be an asset).
  • Experience with gene discovery and model systems.
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Experience working in a complex collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Team- and detail-oriented with excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills with a demonstrated ability to self-educate and work independently.   

Application details:  

Individuals interested in this opportunity should submit the following via email or mail:

  • Letter of interest 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Any relevant publications
  • Names and contact information of 3 references


Dr. Jillian Parboosingh PhD, FCCMG
Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
Alberta Children’s Hospital
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8

We thank everyone for their interest but only the most suitable potential 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.

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