Positions Available

Current available positions

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sandra Davidge, at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). The focus of the Davidge laboratory is to understand the mechanisms of cardiovascular dysfunction due to complicated pregnancies. A variety of pre-clinical models, using both in vivo and in vitro experimental approaches, are used to study endothelial vascular function. Prior experience in using animal models in reproductive sciences and/or vascular biology is desired. The laboratory has three complementary programs that include: the investigation of the causes and consequences of preeclampsia, determining the consequences of maternal aging on pregnancy outcomes, and addressing the mechanisms of cardiovascular pathophysiology in offspring born from complicated pregnancies [a field termed the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)].

 Applicants will be required to have a PhD degree in physiology, or equivalent qualification. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in all aspects of their research projects, including experimental design, data collection, data analysis, preparation of graphs and figures, and preparation of manuscripts. Strong written and oral communication skills are highly desired. Applicants are expected to be motivated and self-driven and should work well both independently and as part of a team.


Non-Clinical Lecturer in Fetal Physiology and Prenatal Therapy

University College London – Institute for Women’s Health, Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Duties and Responsibilities: The appointment is as a Non-Clinical Lecturer to work in the Prenatal Cell and Gene Therapy Group and the Centre for Prenatal Therapy in the Research Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London. The postholder will be expected to develop their own research programme in fetal physiology and prenatal therapy within the group and will be encouraged to develop collaborative links where relevant with other Institutes within the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and other Faculties within SLMS. This is a open ended UCL Grade 8 post, which is 100% HEFCE funded.
Key Requirements: The postholder should have a background in in a relevant area related to fetal and placental physiology, fetal diagnosis and therapy or maternal health.  He/she will be expected to perform research of the highest calibre and to apply for a higher research training fellowship. He/she will need to have a broad range of laboratory skills and have experience of developing hypotheses and protocols and analysing experiments for evidence of efficacy, safety and mechanism of action and data interpretation.  Experience of writing and obtaining grant application funding would be desirable. He/she will be required to teach on the IfWH departmental teaching programme of MBBS, MSc and Intercalated BSc courses and supervise iBSc, MSc, MRes and doctoral students’ research projects.  They will be required to contribute to the development of new modules and training in teaching methods will be given. The postholder is expected to hold a PhD in a subject relevant to fetal and placental physiology, prenatal diagnosis and therapy or pregnancy.  A postgraduate certificate of learning and teaching in Higher Education, the Arena qualification of the Higher Education Academy or equivalent is desirable.  Peer reviewed publications as first or last author in internationally peer reviewed specialist biomedical journals is essential.
Closing Date 5 Oct 2018

Postdoctoral Joint Position in Developmental Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, QC and Western University, London, ON
Start date: Immediately.

McGill University’s newly formed Developmental Research in Environmental Adversity, Biological Susceptibility and Gender (DREAM-BIG) research group (http://dreambigresearch.com/) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on a research project funded by the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Research Initiative under the direction of Dr. Ashley Wazana, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at McGill and Co-Director of the Child Day Hospital Program at the Jewish General Hospital and Dr. J. Bruce Morton, Professor at the Department of Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab at the University of Western Ontario.

Job description: The postdoctoral fellow will lead analysis on the gender-specific prenatal programming of ADHD and its underlying neuro-cognitive deficits and brain-based anomalies in a large international research collaboration that includes 5 Canadian and international birth cohorts (U.K., Netherlands, Singapore). It is hence a unique opportunity to work with large-scale, complex datasets and be exposed to interdisciplinary research including neuroimaging, genomics, and behavioral and clinical data across the lifespan. The postdoc will have a number of roles including but not limited to the coordination of research activities between the collaborating sites at all levels, development of research protocols, acquisition of datasets, analyses, publication, presentations and development of longer-term funding.
Since the analyses of behavioral data will take place at McGill University/Jewish General Hospital, while the analysis of neuroimaging data at Western University, the position involves paid travel between the two locations as well as some travel to the University of British Columbia, and possibly the sites of the imaging datasets (Bristol, Rotterdam and Singapore).  Details to be clarified.

Qualifications: The successful applicants will hold a doctoral degree in developmental or clinical psychology, epidemiology, neuroscience or a related degree in social and behavioral or health sciences. The applicant should demonstrate great organizational skills and familiarity in working with multiple platforms and modalities of data. Additionally, the candidate should also be flexible to travel to the various sites, especially the collaborating partners in Canada (UBC and UWO). Background in any of the following areas will be an asset: prenatal development, psychiatric genetics, neuroimaging, ADHD and/or executive functions.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your relevant training and prospective career goals, CV, research statement, up to three representative publications and contact information for three references to Ashley.Wazana@mcgill.ca or Eszter.Szekely@mail.mcgill.ca. For more information, please contact Dr. Wazana or Dr. Szekely by email. 
Start date: Immediately.


Postdoctoral positions are currently available in the Bale lab, University of Maryland School of Medicine: Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development

The Bale lab’s research focuses on understanding the role of stress dysregulation in development and disease, and the sex differences that underlie vulnerability using mice as the model organism. Their research is particularly interested in developing models of parental stress (preconception and pregnancy) and dissecting germ cell involvement and epigenetic programming.

Positions are available for translational projects related to the impact of stress on male germ cell maturation and the unique role of extracellular vesicles, and for placental epigenetic regulation of sex-specific responses to stress in utero. Molecular expertise required.

Links to recent papers that describe much of the Bale lab’s work:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29967448
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/05/15/321976
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29198470
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29988069


Post-Doctoral Position Available
Joint appointment at The University of Cambridge & The University of Manchester
Jan 2019 – Jan 2022
Maladaptive Cardiac Remodelling in Adult Offspring from Hypoxic Pregnancies: Role of Cellular Calcium Homeostasis

Ideal Candidate
Applicants must have a PhD in cardiac biology or a discipline of physiology. The successful applicant will have relevant extensive experience in the coordination of projects with small animals models, such as rats, and the assessment of
cardiomyocyte structure and function. Ideally, the candidate will have advanced practical understanding and experience of cardiac cell isolation techniques, fluorescent microscopy and electrophysiology. The project will require a good
understanding of the interaction between cellular structure, intracellular calcium regulation and cellular function. Animal husbandry experience and Home Office Training would be a distinct advantage.

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