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University of Alberta

The Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory (SNL, https://songbirdneuroethologylab.weebly.com/ ) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta is hiring a full-time postdoctoral researcher to lead behavioral/neurobiological research examining how songbird communication in an integrative fashion. Our work is currently focused on understanding the cognitive, perceptual, evolutionary, developmental, and neural bases underlying chickadees’ perception of the acoustic (vocal) categories (i.e., note-types, call types) contained in their calls and songs, as a first step towards a comprehensive understanding songbird acoustic communication. The SNL is funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant and the Faculty of Science. We currently have an active and highly collaborative laboratory, with four graduate students, one honors student, a full time laboratory manager, and several other undergraduate students involved in various capacities. We maintain over 100 wild-caught black-capped chickadees and domestically-raised zebra finches for use in our experiments. We have built a laboratory housing all conceivable equipment that our trainees could potentially need to pursue almost any research question they choose related to our overarching theme of songbird communication, cognition, and neuroethology. This includes 20 custom-designed and recently-upgraded operant conditioning setups, eight sound-attenuating chambers, a fully-equipped microscopy lab, as well as top-of-the-line bioacoustic analysis software. We also have a fully equipped histology facility (shared with Dr. Clayton Dickson, Dr. Peter Hurd, and Dr. Lauren Guillette). With the research infrastructure we have made available, there are no barriers to the questions that the trainees can ask, and as such, the students and postdoctoral fellows have continually found novel uses for the equipment, addressing their research questions using the best and most appropriate equipment available. Former postdoctoral researchers, for instance, have investigated mechanisms of chickadee call perception in the lab and field, midsession reversal learning in chickadees, and the impacts of anthropogenic noise on perception. The successful candidate will have all of these facilities at their disposal during their fellowship. The appointment will initially be for two years and will be renewable for up to two additional years subject to satisfactory performance and budgetary availability. Starting date is negotiable but start dates between September 2022 to January 2023 are preferred. Successful candidates will be expected to apply for external funding with the help of the Principal Investigator (PI). International and domestic applicants will be accepted. The candidate shall possess: A Ph.D. in psychology or related field (e.g., behavioral ecology, animal behaviour with an interest in animal cognition/learning) Experience conducting behavioral and/or neurobiological experiments with animals in the laboratory or the field Excellent communication and organizational skills A strong record of publications, conference presentations, and public outreach The ability to work on a team, lead a team, and also to work independently A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in work practices Experience working with birds (desirable) Responsibilities include: Design and implement projects related to the aims of the SNL, in consultation with the PI and other research collaborators Assist in the oversight of graduate and undergraduate student research projects, and other personnel, to achieve targeted research objectives within timelines, in consultation with the PI Manage day-to-day operation of research laboratory, including maintaining equipment and supplies, overseeing troubleshooting of problems, and ensuring adherence to safety protocols Analyze, interpret, and report research results; assist in preparation of publications and grant applications; present results in meetings, seminars, and conferences Engage in public outreach with diverse audiences How to Apply: To apply, please forward the following and send them in one email to Dr. Christopher Sturdy (csturdy@ualberta.ca): (1) A two-page statement of research interests (2) Your CV (3) Three pdfs of representative publications (4) Contact information for three references (5) A one page diversity statement (applicants should identify their strengths and experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion, such as supporting diverse and/or underrepresented students) The SNL, the Department of Psychology, and the University of Alberta are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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May 7, 2022

University of British Columbia

The MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship is a salary award for post-doctoral fellows involved in health research who are interested in preparing for careers in a variety of health research and research user roles. Fellows undertake short-term (six to 12 months) policy assignments via placements within the BC Ministry of Health (MoH) or at one of the province’s health authorities. These placements may be separate from or complementary to a fellow’s current academic research. The Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed to foster positive and constructive exchanges between health researchers and health system decision-makers in order to bridge the gap between the worlds of academic research and health policy. It provides a unique training opportunity for candidates to learn about, and contribute to, the policy making process through the application of their health research knowledge, expertise and analytical skills as part of a policy team. Equally, health system decision-makers gain access to individuals trained in health research to work on the scientific and technical aspects of health policy. Fostering collaborations between researchers and research users is a KT strategy intended to increase the uptake of research evidence. This approach increases the likelihood that research findings will be both relevant and applicable to research users. The MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship is designed to create opportunities for health system decision-makers to work alongside researchers to promote the uptake of evidence-informed policy work as well as policy-relevant research. It is anticipated that this funding opportunity will help foster and maintain ongoing relationships and collaborations between health researchers and decision-makers. FUNDING AVAILABILITY The budget envelope for this funding opportunity is $450,000, enough to fund at least nine fellowships. One fellowship will be assigned to each of the seven BC health authorities, and two fellowships will be assigned to BC MoH. The health policy fellowship consists of a salary stipend and a relocation/travel allowance. The fellowship provides up to one year of salary support at $45,000 per annum, prorated as required depending on the length of the policy assignment. Benefits are not included in the salary stipend. If not already provided by the award recipient’s academic host institution, it is the responsibility of award recipients to purchase their own health and/or other extended benefits. A one-time allowance of up to $5,000 is available to help defray the costs of relocation, and, if permitted by the policy assignment supervisor (see section 6), to defray costs for attendance at science or health policy conferences or meetings, such as the annual CAHSPR Conference or Canadian Science Policy Conference either during or up to three months following the end of the fellowship. For complete information on eligible expenses, please refer to the Award Management & Eligible Expenses document on MSFHR’s website. Stipends and the research/travel allowance are valued in Canadian dollars and are taxable. INTENT The intent of the Health Policy Fellowship program is to provide highly qualified candidates at the post-doctoral level with a unique opportunity to learn about and participate in the health policy-making process at the provincial government or health authority level. The budget envelope for this funding opportunity is $450,000, enough to fund at least nine (9) fellowships. FURTHER INFORMATION https://www.msfhr.org/funding/health-policy-fellowship

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May 7, 2022

University of Montreal

The Montreal Laboratory for Chemical Glycomics is inviting applications for a project on glycol-engineering of therapeutic antibodies. This one-year renewable position is available immediately within the Cecioni research group at Université de Montréal but the project is built around a strong collaborative team including Pr. Pelletier (UdeM), Pr. Rullo (McMaster) and Pr. Kwan (Concordia). Area of research: The advent of biopharmaceuticals is revolutionizing health care, opening up entirely new avenues against diseases that are difficult to treat using traditional drugs. In a rapidly changing industry, more than 50% of Top 10 drugs now consist of monoclonal therapeutic antibodies. To be efficient, they also require post-translational glycosylation, which means the antibody is linked to a complex structure of various sugars (i.e. glycans). Consequently, most therapeutic mAbs are still not single homogenous proteins. This glycosylation of key conserved residues remains difficult to control, thereby imposing a significant burden on the development and use of therapeutic antibodies. Project: In that context, we will develop better strategies for controlling the structure and homogeneity of mAbs glycans (sugars). In particular, we will leverage chemo-enzymatic technologies in continuous flow in order to scale up engineering of glycosylation, potentially making a high impact on biomedical research and biotech industry. We propose to address current limitations using innovative approaches in bioengineering, continuous flow biocatalysis and synthetic biology. Candidates: We are currently inviting applications from highly motivated researchers with a broad interest and expertise in chemical biology, biocatalysis and bioengineering toward improving human health. Selected scientists will demonstrate great problem-solving skills, a deep interest for innovative therapeutic approaches and a strong theoretical and experimental background in bio-organic chemistry, in biochemistry and/or bioanalytical sciences . Specifically, we are looking for scientists that have demonstrated exceptional research abilities and leadership. Candidates should be proficient at biochemistry techniques such as protein purification, enzymatic activity measurements, bioanalytical methods (FPLC, HPLC, LC-MS/MS), flow biocatalysis as well as complex data set analysis. At Université de Montréal, postdoctoral researchers are supported in accordance with UdeM’s postdoc collective agreement (salary, paid holidays, healthcare benefits). More information is available on: https://esp.umontreal.ca/english/postdoctoral-fellow/publications/

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April 24, 2022

University of British Columbia

Please refer to reference number PDFO-55859 when applying for this position. The Tokuriki Lab at the Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia (https://tokurikilab.msl.ubc.ca/) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for enzyme engineering and discovery. The research project will aim at developing a novel enzyme engineering and discovery platform combining a massive gene synthesis and high-throughput protein screening technologies. It will involve developing novel high throughput screening system using microfluidics-based emulsion droplet technology. Also the project combines microfluidics based high-throughput screening technology with deep sequencing approach to characterizing a large number of synthesized genes in the laboratory. Postdoctoral fellow candidates must possess a doctoral degree in biochemistry, bioengineering or a related discipline. Compensation is commensurate with experience and aligned with UBC postdoctoral salaries. The ideal candidate will either have wet-lab experience in molecular cloning, enzyme screening and assay, enzyme engineering and design, directed evolution and/or microfluidics engineering. Interested candidates should reach out to Dr. Tokuriki directly with CV and one page research interest: (tokuriki@msl.ubc.ca).

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March 20, 2022

McGill University

Position Summary: The position will involve all aspects of collaborative research with Professor Levin and members of his laboratory on axon pathophysiology and therapy, particularly with respect to optic nerve disease. His/her role will include the development and implementation of reproducible models of traumatic optic neuropathy (TON) models in rats, and will work closely with others, in order to improve reproducibility. He/she will use novel retinal imaging techniques to determine the earliest signs of damage to retinal ganglion cells, the output cells of the retina that send their axons in the optic nerve, and which undergo injury in TON. He/she will develop imaging techniques that could be adapted for use by medical facilities to detect RGC cell body and axon stress in the retina within 24 hours of optic nerve trauma. He/she will also be responsible for developing a reproducible protocol for the use of optokinetic reflex assays to evaluate visuomotor behavior in rats. The applicant will develop substantial expertise with animal handling, optic nerve injury, drug delivery, quantification of retinal ganglion cell soma and axonal density, and data acquisition and analysis. The applicant will work closely with and assist Professor Levin and will provide supportive assistance to other members of his laboratory, including students. The PDF will also participate in other academic activities, such as laboratory meetings, journal clubs, presentations at local scientific conferences, preparation and revision of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.

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January 21, 2022

Dalhousie University

The Molecular and Cellular Virology Laboratory (virologylab.ca, Principal Investigator Dr. Denys Khaperskyy, Assistant Professor) at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a research project on viral mechanisms of host shutoff. The project’s focus will fall within the theme of 5-year CIHR Project grant titled “Molecular mechanisms of host shutoff by respiratory viruses and their contribution to viral pathogenesis”. The qualified candidate will hold a PhD degree in microbiology, immunology, or a closely related field and have at least 2 years of research experience in virology, immunology, cell biology, or a similar field of biomedical sciences if PhD degree was obtained prior to 2020. Experience working with mammalian cell culture and mastery of basic molecular biology techniques is required. Prior research involving viruses and/or innate immune responses to viral infection in cell culture models or animal infection models would be an asset.

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June 12, 2021

University of Alberta

The project will be developed with a multidisciplinary approach involving the use of cell biology, biochemical, molecular and neurobiology techniques

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May 30, 2021

McGill University

Identifying the molecular underpinnings of chemically gated signaling in the brain in health and disease. To do this, the postdoctoral researcher will use electrophysiology, imaging and genetic techniques to primarily study cultured cells and different mouse model. As a member of my lab, I will also expect the postdoctoral researcher to participate in lab activities such as lab meetings, attend conferences and also help with the training of other lab members. During a typical working week, the postdoctoral researcher would be expected to arrive in the lab by 9 am and work until 6pm and, in some cases, during the weekend depending on the need of the project.

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May 16, 2021

Carleton University

The Health Psychology Lab at Carleton University is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in projects that examine longitudinal associations between psychosocial factors (e.g., wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, psychological processes) and health behaviours and health outcomes in adults with diabetes.

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May 16, 2021

the Owerko Centre in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) in the Department of Pediatrics

The postdoctoral associate will contribute to Dr. Deborah Dewey’s federally-funded research program that is investigating adverse effects of prenatal and early childhood exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates on children’s neurodevelopment and epigenome. The successful applicant will be part of the Alberta Pregnancy and Nutrition (APrON) study Neurotox research team. They should have a strong background in neuroscience, developmental neuropsychology, and/or epigenetics. Expertise and experience in advanced statistical methods including weighted quantile sum regression for highly correlated data and latent growth curve modelling for longitudinal data analysis would be considered an asset.

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May 12, 2021