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Research Associate, Physiology & Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 23905

Updated: September 15, 2021

Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Overview

The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 3 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.  

The Research Associate's primary purpose is to be responsible for the management, maintenance, and control of the project aimed at understanding the roles and mechanisms of ryanodine receptors and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors in the pathogenesis of cardiac disorders. The role will include conducting experiments, designing project plans, and mentoring and training of others to achieve the goals of the research project. 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Perform in situ confocal intact heart ventricular and atrial calcium imaging
  • Perform intra-luminal endoplasmic reticulum calcium recordings
  • Perform intracardiac, surface, and telemetric ECG recordings
  • Perform non-invasive blood pressure measurements in awake animals
  • Perform immunoblotting and histoimmunochemical staining
  • Perform data analyses and prepare figures and manuscripts
  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of the project
  • Involved in day-to-day supervision of staff, monitoring, planning, and organizing activities of others
  • Assist with plans and designs for specialized applications to meet the needs of research
  • Responsible for presentations in producing figures for publication
  • Produce initial drafts of manuscripts for publication and appropriate scientific journals
  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes
  • Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the lab
  • Responsible of the organization of the day-to-day administration of the laboratory
  • Responsible for ordering, and stock checking
  • Responsible for repairs of equipment, ensuring safety compliance
  • Under limited supervision and direction, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Conduct literature review, surveys, data analysis and interpretation, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors and Masters degree in Health Sciences, specializing in cardiac sciences required
  • Clinical Medicine knowledge required, MD background an strong asset
  • 3-5 years of Research or Post-doctorial experience in Canada required
  • Minimum 9 years of cardiac electrophysiology required
  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience in intact heart ventricular and atrial calcium imaging, intracardiac, surface, and telemetric ECG recordings, and store calcium recordings in mammalian cells required
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience required
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Direct and demonstrable research experience in intact heart calcium imaging and cardiac electrophysiology is required
  • Recommend change to processes or procedures
  • Interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards related to specialization
  • Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • Experience with various biological samples (eg. blood, tissues, urine, etc)

Application Deadline:  October 27, 2021

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II. (Salary range $26.34 - $38.39/hour)

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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