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Postdoctoral Scholar, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 20965

Updated: July 27, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Microbiology and Bioinformatics

Duration: 1 - 2 years 

Start Date: September - November 2020

Salary: $50,000 per year plus benefits

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiology and Bioinformatics.

Job Description:

We seek a post-doctoral scholar with bioinformatics experience in bacterial whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis to join our research group.

CF is the most common lethal genetic disease of Canadians and most of its attributable morbidity and mortality relate to repeated and eventually chronic bacterial infections involving the airways.  The ultimate goal of our CF work is to understand the natural history, clinical impact and infection transmission risk of airways pathogens.  For this work, we are actively supported by grants from CIHR, NIH, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The candidate will participate in a project which involves WGS of bacterial isolates recovered from the CF airways to understand isolate relatedness between patients and the potential for patient-patient spread.  Identifying factors associated with past transmission events will enable future events and their negative consequences to be avoided.  Our laboratory maintains a unique resource: the Calgary Adult CF Clinic Biobank – a one-of-a-kind collection containing every bacterial pathogen isolated from CF patient from every clinical encounter (1978-present, n>55,000).  Access to this one of-a-kind collection means that our group is uniquely positioned to strategically analyze bacterial infection dynamics in CF on a scale greater than any before. 

Qualifications:

Applicants must have a PhD in microbiology (in the last 3 years), genomics, computational biology, or related field (such as microbial evolution, population genetics, or computational biology).  Applicants should have a broad microbiology background and experience with scientific computing (Python, R, Bash) and have a familiarity with working with microbial sequencing data, genomics, and phylogenetics. Prior experience with Bayesian evolutionary analyses and infection transmission dynamics is an advantage. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, have strong communication skills (verbal and written), and have a strong record of peer-reviewed publication(s) demonstrating their skills and creativity through principal authorship.  The ability to work as part of a team is integral to the position.

Application Details:

The Parkins lab at the University of Calgary (https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/parkinslab/) is a translational research group and a member of the Infectious Disease Research Group. 
 
Dr. Parkins is the Section-Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, and a clinician scientist with a range of research interests pursued in his laboratory, including tracking SARS-COV2 in community wastewater, finding clinical correlates of blood stream and prosthetic joint infections, and investigating various aspects of airways infections in cystic fibrosis (CF). 
 
Please send CV and a cover letter, and/or enquiries to:
Dr Michael Parkins,
Director, Calgary Adult CF Clinic
3330 Hospital Drive NW,
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
[email protected]
We will seek to hire the most qualified applicant in the late fall of 2020 to join a project that has already begun.

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. For more information visit research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

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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