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Research Assistant, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 24470

Updated: November 25, 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 Overview

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Fixed Term Full-Time position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

The lab is focused on immune sensing and immune regulation, with a special emphasis on regulatory T cell biology, functional regulation in vivo and impacts on immune system.

Position Description

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

  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of a specialized area

  • Involved in day-to-day monitoring, planning, and organizing activities of others (undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows)

  • Assist with specialized applications to meet the needs of operations, research, and services, including assisting under-graduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students with experiments

  • Duties will include the rearing all the isolation and maintain of functional regulatory T cells in laboratory

  • Performs laboratory experiments with a high level of technical competence

  • Participate in the design and development of precision equipment and processes Recommend changes to methods, procedures, and practices within the lab

  • Contributing towards protocol development, standard operating protocol development, development of research projects and proposals

  • Contributing to and assisting in submitting research grants proposals

  • 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

  • Oversee reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment for various users, including stocking of all necessary materials and supplies

  • Trains and supervises other students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe

  • Handle non-infectious animal models, including but not limited to: allergic models, diabetic models, aging models, autoimmune models, tumor models

  • Generate high-quality imaging materials and perform cutting-edge imaging techniques

  • Conduct AFM (atomic force microscope) experiments and analyze data

  • Organize data-flow and data backup for all members in lab

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree, required

  • Specialized certification – immunology/microbiology, required

  • PhD in immunology/microbiology, an asset

  • Minimum 1 – 3 years of regulatory T cell experience, eg. postdoc, visiting scholar, etc.

  • Deep understanding of force regulation in immunology is required

  • Deep understanding of regulatory T cell biology is required

  • Advanced expertise in biomedical and immunologic science

  • Knowledgeable of scientific, pre-clinical, clinical and technical issues for regulatory T cell

  • A strong background in immunology, cell biology and quantitative cell-based assay development using various modalities including FACS, single cell sequencing, microfluidics and live imaging is required

  • Experience with in vivo models, isolation and culture of primary cells

  • Experience in regulatory T cell chemotaxis and adhesion mechanisms is required

  • Demonstrated effective communication (written and verbal), problem-solving skills

  • Advanced skills in Amnis imaging platform and data analysis

  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical issues

  • Demonstrated experience in project management

  • Knowledge of University core business systems is desirable

  • WHMIS

Application Deadline:  December 2, 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 I.

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.

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About the University of Calgary

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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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