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Postdoctoral Scholar, Machine Learning and the Microbiome, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 21363

Updated: January 27, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Microbiome Data Science

Duration: One year with the possibility of extension

Start Date: May 1 to September 1, 2021

Salary: Minimum of $50,000 per year plus benefits

The Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholar in "Machine Learning and the Microbiome Data Science".

Job Description:

The postdoctoral scholar will be co-supervised by Dr. Valerie Taylor and Dr. Joon Lee. They will contribute to a research program that merges mental health and the gut microbiome research to translate clinical and microbiome data in to drug discovery.
 
They will be expected to engage in full time research and apply to local, provincial and national funding competitions.
 
What We Offer:
 
The postdoctoral scholar will be part of a rich academic community which includes the Departments of Psychiatry, Community Health Sciences and, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The postdoctoral scholar will be part of the larger University community through engagement in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Snyder Institute, and the Data Intelligence for Health Lab. The postdoctoral scholar will participate in weekly team meetings, grand rounds, journal clubs and research seminars where principal investigators, postdoctoral scholars and trainees present their most recent work. They will work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary team made up of researchers, clinicians, postdoctoral scholars, research associates and coordinators, biostatisticians, and trainees at all levels. They will have the opportunity to present their research findings at conferences where they will network with other researchers. And have the opportunity to substantially engage with patients and families, clinicians and decision-makers throughout their research.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in data science, informatics, computer science, statistics, engineering, or a related discipline
  • Must have completed (or be within six months of completing) their doctoral degree. Applicants who hold a degree must have completed their doctoral degree within the past three years, or have been actively working in a related field
  • Experience in working with neuroscience and/or the microbiome would be an asset
  • Data science: Advanced knowledge of machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, visualization, and high-performance computing is required. Previous research experience with health data, particularly in the context of microbiome, is a strong asset
  • Software engineering: Solid and demonstrated software engineering experience is essential
  • Communication: Fluency in English, both written and oral. Experience presenting to academic audience is required
  • Time-management: The applicant must have excellent time management skills and be able to work in a self-directed manner within an inter-disciplinary environment
  • Publications: Demonstrated productivity in peer-reviewed publication is required
  • Supervision: Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is an asset

Application Details:

If this sounds like the right fit for you, please send:
  1.  A cover letter outlining your relevant research experience, qualifications, research interests and career goals
  2. CV
  3. Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  4. Sample of three related peer-reviewed publications
As a single PDF to Asem Bala, Research Program Manager: [email protected]
 
If you’d like to learn more about our team, visit the Data Intelligence for Health Lab webpage. 
 
This posting will remain open until a successful candidate is identified.

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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