Postdoctoral Scholar in Disease Research, University of Calgary, Canada

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in University of Calgary, Canada

Postdoctoral Scholar in Disease Research: The Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar in Prion Disease Research. This is a full-time position for a 1-year term with the possibility of extension, starting on September 1, 2024, or later, depending on the successful candidate’s availability.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Prion Disease Research


Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Area:

Prion Disease Research


Foothills Campus, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or a closely related field obtained within the last two years.
  • Demonstrated experience with microscopy techniques and biochemical assays.
  • Experience in using BioID approaches to study interactomes is an asset.
  • Knowledge of cellular stress mechanisms and protein aggregation.
  • Experience in culturing and manipulating primary neurons is an asset.
  • Familiarity with prion diseases, particularly in the context of neurodegeneration.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Job Description:

  • Conduct research focused on the molecular mechanisms of prion diseases.
  • Study endocytic trafficking pathways and mechanisms underlying defects in endosomal cargo sorting and transport in neuronal cells using microscopy and biochemical methods.
  • Investigate cellular stress responses to protein aggregation in the context of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Develop and maintain various models of prion infection, including primary neuron cultures, neuronal cell lines, organotypic slice cultures to assess the impact of prion infection.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to advance the understanding of prion diseases.
  • Publish research findings in high-impact journals and present at international conferences.

The successful candidate will join the Gilch Lab, which is dedicated to the study of prion diseases, aiming to uncover the pathogenic mechanisms and develop potential therapies. The lab is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and fosters a collaborative and innovative research environment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to

  • A cover letter detailing research interests and experience.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Last Date to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information about the postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary, please visit our Postdocs website. To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Postdoc Careers website.

The University of Calgary is committed to supporting diversity and inclusivity in its recruitment process. We encourage applications from members of various designated groups and provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities. For questions regarding diversity and accommodations, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( or Human Resources (

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