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Research Assistant / Research Associate

Posted by , on 4 October 2023

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Closing Date: 30 November 2023

The Franz-Odendaal Bone Development Lab, in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) is currently recruiting a research assistant who is passionate about developmental biology.

We are seeking a self-motivated, independent and productive researcher to join our team. We have an exciting opportunity for a research assistant (with a MSc or Phd) to join our small but productive team. If you are interested in developmental patterning and are either familiar with or want to learn to use chicken embryos as a model, read on. The successful applicant will assist us in conducting embryonic manipulations (via electroporation), qPCR and in situ hybridisation to understand the gene pathways involved in placode induction and patterning. The Franz-Odendaal Bone Development lab has expertise in gene and protein expression, histology, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, qPCR, in vitro culturing and embryo manipulations.

Dr Franz-Odendaal and her team have published over 100 manuscripts. Dr Franz-Odendaal is one of the leading skeletal development and evo-devo researchers in Canada. She has been a guest editor for journal Special Issues (e.g. in Developmental Dynamics, Journal of Experimental Zoology: Part B) and is on the editorial board for several journals (Evolution & Development, Developmental Dynamics, Genes Development and Evolution).

The successful applicant will work directly with Dr Franz-Odendaal at Mount Saint Vincent University. Funding for 1 year is guaranteed with further extensions possible after successful grant applications/renewals. Funding for all supplies as well as travel to present at national and international conferences will be available. Several recent equipment and operating grants have established our laboratory with all the tools to conduct top science. The successful applicant will be expected to publish their research and to participate fully in the lab (meetings, operations, training, etc.).

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about research in developmental biology, who have excellent project and time management skills and who are excited to work collaboratively within our team. Our team values diversity and inclusivity. Please visit our website at for more information and to meet our team. Please send your cover letter (highlighting why you want to join our team) and CV to All interested individuals, even if you feel you do not have all the skills described above, are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed starting 1 November. Given the start date (5 Jan 2024), applicants who are Canadian or have Canadian work permits will be prioritized. An earlier start date is possible.

Halifax is a small-town located on the East Coast of Canada and is an Atlantic Port. It has a number of historical buildings, lots of greenery and an interesting coastline worth exploring. Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and has an international airport. Three universities are located within the city and there is a vibrant downtown core.

Franz-Odendaal Bone Development Lab – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Start date: 4 January 2024

Closing Date: 30 November 2023

Scientific fields: Patterning, Cell fate control and differentiation, Morphogenesis, Cell biology, Early embryogenesis

Model systems: Chick

Duration: Fixed term

Minimum qualifications: MSc

One thought on “Research Assistant / Research Associate”

  1. Dear Sir
    I am writing to express my strong interest in working at The Node research team.With my extensive background in molecular biology and genetics,along with a proven track record of contributing to research projects,I am excited to apply my skills and expertise to further the goals of your esteemed organization.

    In my most recent role as a Senior Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in Trivandrum,I have the privilege of working on a cutting edge research project that focuses on understanding and investigating induced changes in kidney stone formation using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.This experience has provided me with a strong foundation in research methodology,data analysis and project management,enabling me to make meaningful contributions to scientific community.
    During my tenure as a Junior scientic assistant at the molecular biology department of Amrita institute of medical sciences and research center at Kochi, I gained invaluable hands on experience in a wide range of molecular and genetic analyses.My responsibilities included diverse gene mutation analyses,HLA typing for organ transplantation,lymphocyte crossmatch assays,cancer genetic test and quantitative viral load analysis.I became proficient in operating various laboratory instruments and honed my skills in microbiological,molecular and immunological techniques.
    My educational background further complements my practical experience.I hold Masters of Science degree in applied genetics from The Oxford College of Science, Banglore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from AWH Special College, Kozhikode. These academic achievements have provided me with a strong theoretical foundation, which I have successfully translated into practical applications throughout my career.
    What excites me about The Node is its reputation for innovation and its commitment to making a significant impact in the field of developmental biology.I am eager to contribute my skills and expertise to your team, collaborate with fellow researchers and work towards achieving your organizations mission and objectives.
    Enclosed is my resume, which provides further details about my professional experience and education. I welcome the opportunity to discuss how my qualifications align with the needs of The Node in more detail. Please feel free to contact me at +919745194288 or via email at to schedule an interview.

    Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of joining your team and contributing to the continued success of The Node.


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