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Post Doctoral Scholar in the Role of Gut-Brain Axis in the Development and Treatment of Epilepsy

Job ID: 20300

Updated: March 12, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Role of Gut-Brain Axis in the Development and Treatment of Epilepsy
Duration: 1 years
Start date: Spring 2020
Salary: $50,000 + Benefits

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Role of Gut-Brain Axis in the Development and Treatment of Epilepsy in the laboratories of Drs. Jane Shearer and Morris Scantlebury. The fellow will be affiliated with 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 mental health research across the University of Calgary and its affiliated hospitals. ACHRI brings together over 180 inter-disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical health.

Job Description:

A postdoctoral fellow position is available at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pediatrics for a highly qualified and motivated individual to support our basic laboratory projects focused on role of the gut-brain-microbiota axis in epilepsy. The successful candidate should have a strong background in animal models, molecular biology, neuroscience, metabolomics, and metabolism. A background in electrophysiology or bioinformatics (sequencing data) would be considered an asset.

The candidate will work on research projects investigating the microbiome-metabolome relationships in epilepsy animal models as well as translational human research. Experimental approaches and tools will include rodent handling and in vivo behavioral testing, human specimens, microbiota sequencing, metabolomics and bioinformatics. The postdoctoral fellow will also have access to state-of-the-art core centers to perform cutting edge research.

The Post-doctoral fellow will be supervised collaboratively by Dr. Jane Shearer and Dr. Morris Scantlebury who bring diverse perspectives to research on neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ASD and epilepsy. The candidate will be expected to participate in training activities of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute including research days, seminars and journal clubs.


The applicant is expected to be of the highest caliber with an academic and publication track record that would be competitive for national and international fellowships. They will have completed their Ph.D. in Neuroscience or other related discipline within the past four years. The candidate should have a strong background in working with neurological disease models in rodents. Further, experience in metabolomics and bioinformatics would be considered an asset. High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills, along with excellent oral and communication abilities, are a requirement for this position. The successful applicant should have the ability to relocate to Calgary, Alberta beginning or shortly after April 1, 2020 (or earlier, depending on circumstances)

Application details:

Please send CV and three letters of academic reference to [email protected] and [email protected]

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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