Postdoctoral Fellow - Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Competition 641

Department Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medical Microbiology and Immunology Dept
Posted date November 1, 2023
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


This position has an initial appointment of 1 year with a possibility of renewal and offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits.

LocationWork primarily takes place at North Campus, Edmonton. This role is in-person.

Working for the University of Alberta

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Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty 

The mission of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology is to provide an enriched environment for research, education and training in the field of infection and immunity that links molecular mechanisms to disease, treatment and prevention.

Position Summary

A full-time postdoctoral fellowship position is available in the Elhenawy lab at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. We are interested in exploring the pathogenesis of Escherichia coli strains associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. This includes studying the metabolism of these bacteria in the host environment. Moreover, we are investigating how these strains use type IV secretion system to form biofilms in the gut. We apply cutting-edge tools such as transposon insertion-sequencing, RNA-sequencing, and microscopy to characterize the role of these bacteria in driving inflammation.

The projects to be undertaken are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada foundation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in biochemistry or microbiology within 2 years of graduation
  • Experience in molecular biology with a particular focus on bacterial genetics 
  • A strong publication record in high impact journals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in protein purifications, and structural biology
  • Familiarity with R and Python, and common bioinformatics pipelines pertinent to bacterial genomics

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.