Post Doctoral Associate - Translational Studies on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Post Doctoral Associate - Translational Studies on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 24816

Updated: Today

Location: Foothills Campus

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Position Description

Area: Translational studies on neurodevelopmental disorders

Duration: One year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: Minimum salary is $50,000 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance benefits. The Fellow will be expected to apply for internal/external funding, but base salary is not contingent on success to secure other funding.

The Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Translational studies on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Job Description:

The long-term research goal of Cheng lab is to understand the changes leading to altered brain activity and atypical behaviours in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders such as Fragile X syndrome, and to identify therapeutic approaches. In the next five years, our research program will focus on ERK signalling as a central node for targeted therapeutics for Fragile X syndrome and autism. The project of the prospective fellow will incorporate behavioural monitoring, electrophysiological recording, and high throughput data analysis to investigate the mechanisms underlying both the pathophysiology of the diseases and the effects of the treatments.

This position will offer excellent training opportunities for the prospective postdoctoral fellow. The successful candidate will benefit from the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, our extensive expertise, and the remarkable training environment and infrastructure provided by Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and University of Calgary. Additionally, the fellow will benefit from the Research Education and Leadership In NeuroSciencE (REALISE) that foster academic, personal and professional development in diverse settings ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ), and BRAIN CREATE program that focuses on neurotechnology development ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ). Importantly, this project will place the fellow right at the cutting edge of a new and exciting development, which could be a launching pad for the candidate’s own career in diverse settings. It will also provide the invaluable satisfaction of working on a potential cure for the many children and families who are affected by these disorders.

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The fellow should be creative and highly motivated, with a strong work ethic. We recognize and cherish the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion in research. The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewable for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance.


  • PhD (completed within the last three years) and/or MD in the field of neuroscience
  • Demonstrated background in electrophysiology and/or in vivo modulation/recording of brain activities
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to troubleshoot independently
  • Effective oral and written communication and time management skills, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary group
  • Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is an asset

Application Details:

  • Cover letter describing research background and interests, suitability and motivation for the role, and date of availability
  • CV with publications, awards/funding, and presentations
  • A copy of peer-reviewed journal/chapter publications or conference presentations
  • Names and contact details of three professional references

Please send application materials to:

Ning Cheng, PhD Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute Hotchkiss Brain Institute University of Calgary [email protected]

Application Deadline: April 13, 2022

Additional information: The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.

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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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