Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Research Institute)


Offre publiée le 2023-01-14

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Job description

Job Description


The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital research centre.

Located in Montreal, Quebec, the Institute is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.

The RI-MUHC is supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).

Position summary

The Sheppard lab seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our team within the McGill University Department of Microbiology and Immunology, located at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center.

Our research group focuses on elucidating the role of cell wall and secreted polysaccharides in the pathogenesis of fungal diseases.

Our laboratory aims to identify and characterize the structure and function of novel polysaccharides, using a wide range of in vitro and in vivo assays spanning molecular biology, cell biology, glycobiology and mouse experimentation approaches.

Our extensive network of collaborators provides complementary expertise in immunology, structural biology and glycochemistry.

Current studies focus on the filamentous human fungal pathogens Aspergillus fumigatus and Mucor species, as well as other animal and plant fungal pathogens, such as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Botrytis cinerea.

The chosen applicant will join a CIHR-funded program working to define the genetic regulation of novel polysaccharide synthesis.

The applicant will also participate in other lab initiatives, such as the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies targeting these polysaccharides.

General Duties

  • Working with Dr. Sheppard and his team to develop an independent line of research,
  • Designing and performing experiments,
  • Collecting and analyzing data,
  • Participating in weekly lab meetings,
  • Preparing and delivering scientific presentations internally and at conferences,
  • Preparing and submitting manuscripts and grant applications,
  • Training and mentoring of other laboratory members and undergraduate students,

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Education / Experience

  • Must have a PhD degree, with research experience in fungal molecular biology,
  • Expertise in biochemistry, microscopy and / or immunology would be an asset, but is not required,
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills,
  • Demonstrated management skills (should be able to manage multiple projects involving a wide array of techniques, organisms, and personnel),
  • Teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students,
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities in response to deadlines and the priorities of the laboratory,
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis (software used : Prism, R, Matlab),
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