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Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position in muscle development and disease – University of Calgary, Canada

Posted by , on 29 August 2015

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary, Canada is accepting applications for an Eyes High Post-doctoral Scholar position in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Huang. The position is funded by the University’s Eyes High rising stars strategy, which targets candidates of the highest caliber with track record that would be competitive for national or international fellowships. This 2 year postdoc fellowship commences in late 2015/early 2016 and includes a stipend of $50,000/year, plus health benefits.

We use zebrafish as a genetic model to understand human muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Using a combination of reverse genetic tools, transgenesis, in vivo imaging, and small molecule screens, we study how muscle integrity is maintained. In particular, we investigate how cell signaling pathways and cell-cell interactions regulate muscle maintenance. The goal is to identify new cells and novel molecules modulating muscular dystrophy. For more information about the lab, please visit:

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who shares our passion for science and would like to work in a friendly and collaborative environment. The candidate should have a PhD in Developmental Genetics or a related discipline, excellent molecular biology skills, and a strong interest in developmental biology. Previous experience with the zebrafish and imaging techniques is preferred but not required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical. The candidate must have a track record of academic success as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, awards and scholarships.

The call for applicants will be open until November 30, 2015. To apply, please send a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, and CV with names of three references to Peng Huang,, with the subject line “Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position”.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’ To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary

Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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