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WHAT'S NEW  ::  Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

December 1, 2022
Postdoc and graduate positions

Employer: University of Regina, Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS)
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Closing Date: January 31, 2023

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Job Description

 Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2023

Postdoc and graduate positions available for

  1. Method development for environmental health surveillance or
  2. Understanding molecular mechanisms of host pathogen interactions in infectious diseases

We are looking for talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to work on programs focusing on environmental health surveillance or host-pathogen interactions.

Successful candidates will work at the Cellular Impacts Facility within the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) in the group of the principal investigators Dr. Nicole Hansmeier and Dr. Tzu-Chiao Chao. IECS provides a vibrant, diverse and interdisciplinary work environment with wide range of analytical and bioanalytical facilities to address a wide range of research questions pertaining to environmental sciences, public health and infectious diseases.

A. Postdoctoral position: Project lead for environmental health surveillance (PEHS). The successful candidate will develop methods for isolating and quantifying health biomarkers from wastewater and other water streams. Targets of interest include pathogens (viral and bacterial), antimicrobial resistance, and small metabolites. Methods such as quantitative PCR (RT and digital), NGS and mass spectrometry will be used throughout the project.

The candidate should have a PhD in environmental microbiology, molecular bioanalytics or related sciences. The candidate should also have strong track record in a set of relevant techniques as evidenced by publications. A solid statistical foundation with expertise in R or Python is an asset.

B. Postdoctoral position: Project lead for mammalian host-pathogen interactions (PHPI).The successful candidate will use multi-disciplinary approaches to investigate molecular interactions between food-pathogens and mammalian hosts. Methods include mass spectrometry-based proteomics, live-cell imaging, cell sorting and molecular pro- and eukaryotic genetic techniques.

The candidate should have a PhD in microbiology, cell biology of infectious diseases, or related sciences. The candidate should have strong track record in relevant techniques as evidenced by publications and provide evidence for mastery in at least one of the mentioned techniques.

The Postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to direct a small team of graduate students to build up leadership skills.

C. Graduate student positions (GSP): MSc or PhD positions are available (GPA >85) relating to the postdoctoral positions. The candidate should demonstrate interest and a background in related techniques and methodologies. For PhD candidates their degree (MSc or equivalent) should demonstrate close relationship to the chosen track.

Application Instructions

For your application: Please provide your application in a single document including a cover letter with a statement of research interest in the chosen area clearly communicating how you meet the required qualification, a current CV and contact information for 2 professional references.

Interested applicantsare welcome to apply to the email: tzu-chiao.chao@uregina.ca and should include in the subject line the track they are interested in (either PEHS, PHPI or GSP).

Applicants from underrepresented groups or disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis. Postdoctoral positions are available for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Application Contacts

Dr. Tzu-Chiao Chao


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