Postdoctoral Scholar, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

The Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Gut-Brain Axis in Neurodevelopment. The scholar will be affiliated with the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). The Owerko Centre is a $10M state-of-the-art research space dedicated to promoting collaborative neurodevelopmental and mental health research across the University of Calgary and its affiliated hospitals. ACHRI brings together over 180 inter-disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and physical health.

Job Description:

A postdoctoral scholar position is available at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pediatrics for a highly qualified and motivated individual to support our basic laboratory projects focused on role of the gut-brain-microbiota axis in neurodevelopmental disorders.  The successful candidate should have a strong background in animal models, molecular biology, neuroscience, metabolomics, microbiota and metabolism. A background in bioinformatics (sequencing data, machine learning) would be considered an asset.


The candidate will work on research projects investigating the microbiome-metabolome relationships in neurodevelopment. Experimental approaches and tools will include rodent handling and in vivo behavioural testing, human specimens, microbiota sequencing, metabolomics and bioinformatics. The postdoctoral scholar will also have access to state-of-the-art core centres to perform cutting edge research.  The candidate will be expected to participate in training activities of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute including research days, seminars and journal clubs. 



  • The applicant is expected to be of the highest caliber with an academic and publication track record that would be competitive for national and international scholarships
  • Completed their Ph.D. or MD in Metabolism/Neuroscience/GI Physiology or other related discipline within the past five years
  • The candidate should have a strong background in working with neurological disease models in rodents. Further, experience in metabolomics and bioinformatics/computing would be considered an asset
  • High level of effective organizational, time management and personal initiative skills, along with excellent oral and written communication abilities, are a requirement for this position
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a collaborative environment

The successful applicant should have the ability to relocate to Calgary, Alberta beginning or shortly after July 1, 2021 (or earlier, depending on circumstances)

* Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application Details:

Please submit your application as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application to Dr. Jane Shearer at

All applications must include:

  • Cover Letter that explains how the applicant’s program of research and publication record is appropriate for the position 
  • current curriculum vitae (CV); 
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s) / university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for two (2) references to support the application. 

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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 Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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