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Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Ecosystem Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 21260

Updated: January 19, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:             Microbiology, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering and bioinformatics
Duration:      One year (with the potential for extension based on a performance review after the first year)
Start date:    As soon as possible   
Salary:          $46,000/year plus benefits

The Department of Ecosystem Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Dongyan Niu's Laboratory. 

Job Description:
An outstanding postdoctoral scholar to deliver an interdisciplinary research and develop their leadership potential in one of the following directions:

  1. Studying bacteriophage-host interaction using transposon-directed insertion site sequencing, RNA- seq and living-cell imaging system
  2. Bacteriophage functional genomics
  3. Viral metagenomics.
The successful candidate is encouraged to integrate multiple disciplines and create own ideas in solving the scientific puzzles.


  • Applicants must possess a PhD degree (completed in the last 3-years) or equivalent degree in a relevant subject (e.g., microbiology, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering and bioinformatics)
  • A combination of the following laboratory skills would be beneficial: experience in microbiology, live-celling imaging system, molecular biology (DNA, RNA, and Protein), genomics, tissue culture, cell biology or animal models
  • A candidate with excellent record of accomplishment and self-motivation to identify and solve scientific problems with creative approaches will be preferred
  • The successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment, so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must
  • Ability to initiate and develop original scientific research projects
  • Strong written skills are desired
  • The ability to work independently is required

*To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, you must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent degree within five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position

Lab Environment:
UCVM is well established amongst research-intensive North American veterinary colleges with a high quality of research programs and graduate training programs. There are over 70 faculty members, 125 DVM students, 110 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows, and 15 advanced clinical trainees. Descriptions of the Faculty and its departments can be found on the UCVM website ( In addition, UCVM is closely integrated with the Cumming School of Medicine, trainees will be in a unique environment of accessing outstanding research infrastructures (e.g. gnotobiotic research facility) and conducting world-class activities for comparative medical and One Health research. Moreover, Dr. Niu has established solid collaborations with a number of government research agencies ( e.g. Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Public Health Agency Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), trainees will therefore have plenty of opportunities of interacting with top research scientists disciplined in infectious disease, human and animal health.

Application details:  

To apply, please submit your application email to [email protected] before March 31, 2021
All applications must include:
  • single-page cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • academic transcripts
  • statement of research interest and career goals
  • a list of three references contacts
Review of applications will begin immediately. We thank all applicants’ interests, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted for more information and invited to interview. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Due to the covid-19 situation, preference may be given to those who physically resides in Canada and has the ability of working on-site immediately.

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 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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