Postdoctoral Scholar position Area: Cancer Biology (PIK3CA

Postdoctoral Scholar position
Start date:
Cancer Biology (PIK3CA mutations in cervical cancer)
1 year
$43,000 per annum
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Biology (PIK3CA mutations in cervical cancer).
Job Description:
Applicants must have excellent skills in mammalian cell culture, and aspects of biochemistry, cell and
molecular cell biology.
The successful candidate will be expected to assay for signaling and cell viability in response to DNA
damaging agents, deplete proteins of interest and express mutant proteins using shRNA technology in a
panel of human cell lines.
The successful candidate must have excellent experimental skills, adhere to the strictest professional
standards and be a team player. He/she is expected to maintain detailed laboratory notes, report research
finding at lab meetings weekly and group meetings monthly, submit detailed research reports monthly or
as requested by the PIs, read and critically evaluate relevant literature, carry out literature searches, assist
in writing of papers, manuscripts, and grants as requested by the PIs; present and participate in Southern
Alberta Cancer Research Institute (SACRI) post-doctoral training opportunities (seminars, journal clubs,
work in progress series). Opportunities to participate in the supervision of an undergraduate and/or
summer student may also be available.
The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of and under the direct supervision of Dr. S.P. LeesMiller in the Health Research Innovation Centre at the Southern Alberta Cancer Institute, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Calgary. Funding is in place for this position through an Alberta Innovates Health
Solutions Collaborative Team grant (CRIO) until March 2015 with the possibility of extending the position
for an additional 2 years depending upon exemplary performance and results of ongoing funding
opportunities. The applicant will also be encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowship awards from
external funding agencies.
For more information about the Lees-Miller laboratory, please see
Candidates must have a recent Ph.D degree (within 3 years of graduation) in an area of
biochemistry/molecular cell biology/biomedical research related to cancer biology and/or an M.D degree
with research experience in the above areas.
Application details:
Qualified individuals should send a CV detailing publications and prior research experience as well as the
names and contact information for three persons who will provide references.
Applications should be sent by email to Dr S. P. Lees-Miller [email protected]
Please indicate PIK3CA PDF in the subject line.
The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however,
a start date before March 2014 is preferred.
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 firstclass 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.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The
University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.
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