Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cardioimmunology
Competition 938

Department Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medical Microbiology and Immunology Dept
Posted date May 16, 2024
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


Working for the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

The mission of the Department of Medical Microbiology & 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.


The Clemente research group invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to perform high-level complex research activities for projects in cardioimmunology. Our main research topics include immune responses in cardioncology, viral and autoimmune myocarditis. We use genetically modified mouse models to uncover the role of immune cells in these settings. The projects will expose the PDF to a wide variety of scientific questions and approaches, including exploring changes in immunological responses and understanding mechanistic relationships between the immune system and heart function 

The PDF will help establish project goals and experiments, and guide technicians and students in the lab. Specifically, for animal experiments, the candidate will be responsible for managing the ordering and maintenance of animals, records, and animal experiments. Independent decision-making and collaboration with lab trainees, animal care staff, the principal investigator, and veterinarians will be needed.

  • Designs individual experiments, data collection protocols, and standards under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • Determines the most appropriate methodology to meet identified research goals.
  • Conducts data collection. Conducts advanced analysis of research data and results.
  • Summarizes, analyzes, and organizes data for publication. Participates in the writing of research papers, the preparation of presentations, and/or other publications. May be considered as a co-author or presenter.
  • Assists in the preparation of research grant applications.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and efficient operation of the lab.
  • Guide technical staff, students, and/or post-doctoral fellows in the lab.
  • Advise on specialized technical procedures or equipment.


Guidance and project management

  • Developing project goals and approaches through a thorough assessment of literature and consultation with experts and team members.
  • Assistance to technical staff and students on experimental design, training, execution, and analysis.
  • Report to supervisors at regular intervals.
  • Project management and experimental record-keeping.

Animal Experiments 

  • Standard mice husbandry, which may include receiving animals.
  • Makes independent decisions regarding the health and care of animal colonies based on advice from animal care staff, veterinarians, and principal investigator.
  • Conducts animal experiments independently or assists other lab members following discussion and instruction by lab members and the principal investigator.
  • Conducts a variety of experimental procedures on animals including, but not limited to, injections, euthanasia, tissue sampling, and processing.
  • Assists in the training of new students with animal experiments.

Assistance in Research Experiments 

  • Orders needed laboratory consumables, handles biohazard waste and cleaning of laboratory glassware and other instruments.

Works independently or assists other lab members with experiments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. level degree in Immunology or Cardiovascular Sciences awarded within the last 2 years.
  • 5 years experience in small animal models and flow cytometry.
  • Experience with genomics-based research and imaging techniques, an asset.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and motivation skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with project and personnel management.
  • Experience with biohazard, radiation, WHMIS safety and policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize work effectively.
  • Ability to strategize and develop creative and efficient solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment and manage projects.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and pivot to rapidly changing demands.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and high levels of accuracy.
  • Demonstrated skills in data visualization, interpretation, presentation, and reporting (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills including a strong ability to demonstrate professionalism, confidentiality, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Keeps up to date on research, leading practices, and trends in the specialty disciplines.

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.

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.