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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Bioinformatics of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Job ID: 12937

Updated: August 21, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Bioinformatics of infectious diseases  
Duration: Two years
Start Date: September 1st, 2017 (negotiable)
Annual Stipend: Commensurate with experience (minimum CAD$40,000 per year)           

The Department of Ecosystem and Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics of infectious diseases.

Job Description:

Dr. Wasmuth is leading a team of Canadian researchers to use bioinformatics and –omics approaches in the discovery of new anti-parasitic drugs. The project is funded by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.

The postdoctoral fellow (PDF) will analyse genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic data generated from multiple species of parasites. The aim is to reconstruct and model biochemical pathways to identify essential components that are potential targets for new anti-parasitic drugs. The PDF will work alongside PDFs recruited to complementary parts of the overall project, e.g. structural biochemistry and immunology.

The PDF will benefit from joining the Host-Parasite Interactions training program, the Infection Biology VetMed research group and the growing research focus in Bioinformatics at the University of Calgary.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Bioinformatics / Computational Biology. The individual must have demonstrable experience in a programing language, e.g. Perl, Python, Java, and its application to genome-scale data. Experience with the R programming language and/or network biology software is an advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. University of Calgary postdoctoral scholar appointment guidelines state that the applicant must have been awarded a PhD or its equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the PDF appointment or ten (10) years from the completion of an MD, DVM or equivalent.

Application details: 

Individuals interested in applying should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a statement of research interests and goals, and the names of three references to the email address below. Dr. Wasmuth will acknowledge receipt of the application package but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Dr. James Wasmuth
Department of Ecosystem & Public Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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