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Research Associate, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Cumming School of Medicine


University of Calgary


Calgary, AB

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The Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator and will be working on a CIHR-related project based on the discovery of brief seizures result in a severe (pO2 < 10mmHg) hypoxic event that can last about an hour in the hippocampus.

This role will lead projects to determine the contribution of the post-seizure ischemic/hypoxic period on brain anatomy and function.

He/she will perform quality control testing techniques when cleaning and maintain instruments, all equipment and supplies. There is a responsibility to ensure that the daily operations of the laboratory are completed in an efficient and effective manner. This position will work both independently and in a team environment.

Position Description 

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

  • Under general supervision & direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Perform patch-clamp experiments on neurons in the amygdala in relation to seizures, behavioural measures and endocannabinoid manipulations
  • Examine the plasticity of the CA1 hippocampal region during the postictal hypoxic period
  • Recommend change to processes or procedures and interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Will work with various biological samples (eg. blood, tissues, brain, etc)
  • Responsible for presentations in producing figures for publication
  • Produce initial drafts of manuscripts for publication and appropriate scientific journals
  • Conduct literature review, surveys, laboratory experiments and other research in scholarly publications when required to
  • Train other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols as required
  • Maintaining the safe operation of equipment
  • Manage their own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • PhD degree is required as well as specialized knowledge in rodent surgery, electrode implantation, animal models of seizures, patch-clamp electrophysiology, field potentials, endocannabinoid pharmacology, hippocampal circuitry and plasticity
  • Minimum 3 years of post-doctoral experience in a relevant research area
  • Must have a track record of success with at least 2-3 peer-reviewed publications in international and reputable journals
  • Direct and demonstrable research experience in the subject matter of the research project is essential
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • Strong communication skills, written and oral
  • Effective time management skills

Application Deadline:  January 5, 2018

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

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.​


To apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page; Job Opening ID #14363

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I. (Salary range $24.15 - $35.13/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

Business address: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4

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Quote Job Reference: 14363

Posted 2017-11-30

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