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We’re hiring!We’re seeking a motivated, curious and ambitious postdoctoral fellow!

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The ÉPIMET team at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in epigenomics and child obesity. This is a two-year full-time renewable contract linked to the Saguenay hospital.

ÉPIMET is an epigenetics research team led by Professor Luigi Bouchard. Doctor Bouchard is a Full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Researcher at the CIUSSS of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. His team works on hereditary diseases and the foetal metabolic programming of child obesity. He is especially interested in deciphering the nature of the link between the foetal environment and the epigenetic programming leading to the development of child obesity.

The CIUSSS of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, linked to the Université de Sherbrooke, offers an exceptional environment for genetics students with its founder effect and the openness of the population to research in this field. The close collaboration among researchers allows for the development and outreach of the research in various fields of activity in the area. The CIUSSS of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is also home to the biobank Génome-Québec, a national infrastructure with an international scope.

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Nous recrutons!

Stagiaire post-doctoral motivé, curieux et ambitieux recherché!

Domaine de recherche
L’équipe ÉPIMET de la Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke sollicite des candidatures pour un stage post-doctoral en épigénomique et obésité infantile. Il s’agit d’un contrat à temps complet rattaché au site de Saguenay pour une durée de 2 ans, renouvelable.

ÉPIMET est une équipe de recherche en épigénétique sous la direction de professeur Luigi Bouchard. Dr Bouchard est professeur titulaire au département de biochimie de la Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke et chercheur au CIUSSS du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Son équipe travaille sur les maladies héréditaires et la programmation métabolique foetale de l’obésité infantile. En particulier, il s’intéresse à déchiffrer la nature du lien entre l’environnement foetal et la programmation épigénétique qui mène au développement de l’obésité chez l’enfant.

Le CIUSSS du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, affilié à l’Université de Sherbrooke, offre un milieu exceptionnel pour les études en génétique dû à son effet fondateur et à l’ouverture de la population pour la recherche dans ce domaine. La collaboration entre chercheurs est omniprésente, permettant le développement et le rayonnement de la recherche dans plusieurs secteurs d’activités de la région. Le CIUSSS du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean abrite aussi la biobanque Génome-Québec, une infrastructure nationale d’envergure internationale.

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The Liggins Institute has an opportunity for a recent PhD graduate interested in contributing to community-based action research focused on DOHaD knowledge translation in adolescent populations. The fellowship sits within the LENScience research group. This team facilitates multi-sectoral interventions that aim to promote community-based actions that contribute to the interruption of trans-generational environmental and biological factors contributing to the burden of non-communicable diseases.

The role will contribute to research and supervision within the Pacific Science for Health Literacy Project. This established project is a partnership between the Liggins Institute and the Cook Islands Ministries of Education and Health. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in research focused on multilevel examination of intervention processes and impacts from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including but not limited to adolescents.

This role is an excellent opportunity to grow your career and gain experience in postgraduate supervision, the development of grant applications, community engagement and the broader life of the Liggins Institute. You will also gain valuable experience working in an integrated multidisciplinary team environment on work that is occurring in multiple locations in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

Prospective candidates will have completed a PhD in health/social sciences within the last three years and demonstrate a keen interest in community-based action research that respects and utilises knowledge from research, practice, community and culture in the development of ethically sound actions.

More detail about the role can be found via this link

Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Molecular and Genomic Epidemiology for Developmental Origin of Complex Diseases
Job type: Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Summary:
Applications are invited for the postdoctoral fellow position at the Lunenfeld‐Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. The successful candidate will join the molecular and genomic epidemiology research group led by Dr. Rayjean Hung in the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research (https://net.lunenfeld.ca/pcphr/) within the Sinai Health System.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Perinatal Molecular Neuroscience Research Group
PI:  A/P Mhoyra Fraser

Oxygen deprivation occurring in the womb or during delivery leads to permanent functional impairment of the brain and is one of the most common challenges faced by infants born preterm. Because of major advances in neonatal intensive care, survival of these preterm infants with brain injury has increased significantly. However, currently, there are no effective therapies to reduce injury. A major therapy limitation is the failure to traverse the blood brain barrier (BBB) and enter the brain. Exosomes, small vesicles, are naturally capable of penetrating the BBB, and have the capacity to communicate with the microenvironment through transfer of proteins, miRNA and other nucleic acids. Importantly, they have an intrinsic neuroprotective therapeutic activity as well as being ideal candidates to deliver targeted therapeutic molecules of choice through modifications to enhance delivery. These proposed studies will examine the intrinsic therapeutic potential of unmodified human fetal neural stem cell-derived exosomes to ameliorate preterm brain injury to previously inaccessible regions of the brain using our well-established animal model of preterm brain injury. Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to carry out the programme of work to test this hypothesis.

The position is available for 2 years, commencing September, 2019. The starting basic salary will be finalised according to qualifications and experience. The post will be based primarily at the Department of Physiology, Faculty Health and Medicine, University of Auckland (supervised by A/P Mhoyra Fraser).

Ideal Candidate
Applicants must have a PhD in biomedical or biological sciences and have relevant experience in a discipline of physiology or neuroscience. Ideally, the candidate will have advanced practical understanding and experience of histology, fluorescent microscopy, and protein and molecular biology.

Applications should include a personal statement highlighting suitability to the post, detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees.  Please send the applications no later than 16th August, 2019 to A/Professor Mhoyra Fraser e-mail: m.fraser@auckland.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Indigenous People

The College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan (https://medicine.usask.ca/research/overview.php) is pleased to invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair appointment in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Indigenous People (I-DOHaD). The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program is the flagship of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development (www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca).

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Kobor Lab

Postdoctoral Scholar: Human Social and Population Epigenetics – Centre of Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia (UBC).
The Kobor Lab is seeking a highly motivated and ambitious recent PhD graduate to work on various projects related to understanding the causes and consequences of variation in epigenetic marks across human populations. This is an ideal position for applicants who wish to develop the skills required to launch an independent research programme.

Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Kobor: msk@bcchr.ca

Research Technician: Statistical and Bioinformatics Approaches to Human Epigenetics, Centre of Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia (UBC).
The Kobor Lab is seeking a highly motivated Research Technician. The successful applicant will perform statistical analyses of high-throughput epigenomics and genotyping data to facilitate the interpretation of associations between molecular data with environment, stress and disease. The position will provide opportunities to lead projects toward publication and attend national and international conferences.

Please send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Kobor: msk@bcchr.ca

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:

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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