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Postdoctoral Scholar, Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 25594

Updated: April 27, 2022

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 Description

Area: Generation of Cancer Vaccines for Paediartics Malignancies

Duration: Initial one year with potential for extension

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: Minimum $45,000 per annum (based on qualifications and training) plus benefits

The Department of Paediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Generation of Cancer Vaccines for Paediatric Malignancies. 

Our laboratory has been involved in the generation and clinical trials of cancer vaccines for currently incurable pediatric cancers. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contribute to this project and to conduct research to develop safe and effective precision therapeutics using computational methods and molecular immunological technologies. Career development opportunities such as mentoring, external research collaborations and grant writing will be available to enhance the professional development of the candidate. Opportunities to interact with clinicians and training in translational pediatric oncology will also be available (See POETICPhase1.org).

The expected research activities will focus on the development of future personalized cancer treatments in children.  You will gain expertise in establishing molecularly relevant cell lines and tumour xenografts to screen libraries of novel therapeutics, cancer vaccines and other effective biological agents for relapsed pediatric cancers. There will also be opportunities to establish collaborations to derive genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data to find driver mutations and decisive genetic alterations in individual tumour specimens so that targets can be identified and matched to the most applicable therapeutic agents for precision medicine. 
 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement experiments for purposes of new therapeutics discovery focusing refractory pediatric malignancies.
  • Hands-on experimentation and generation of high quality data for future clinical trials.
  • Develop innovative methods and/or novel applications of existing methods in immune-oncology
  • Assist with the preparation of reports, research proposals, manuscripts and grant applications
  • Establish and maintain accurate electronic and paper records regarding laboratory research
  • Mentoring of junior staff, fellows and graduate students as appropriate
  • Participation in everyday activities and functioning of the laboratory

Qualifications:

  • A recent MD or a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology or a related field with expertise in bioinformatics
  • Experience in molecular and cell biology techniques including mammalian tissue culture 
  • Working knowledge of common molecular and immunological techniques
  • An interest in drug discovery, structural biology and cancer biology
  • Experience in in vivo experimental models is highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills and the ability to work both in a team environment as well as independently are a must
  • An excellent record of peer-reviewed publications in immunology, vaccinology or cancer related journals; and, 
  • Compassion to work towards a cure for childhood cancer.

Application Details:

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to the following contact, with the subject line “Post-Doctoral Scholar”.   Please include a cover letter, your academic CV and the names and contact information of a least three external references;

Dr. Aru Narendran, MD, PhD
Professor,
Departments of Pediatrics, Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
and Physiology and Pharmacology.
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.
E-mail:  [email protected]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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 as well as eligibility criteria, visit our Postdocs website.  

Additional Information

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 Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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