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Research Associate, Physiology & Pharmacology

University of Calgary

The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 4 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator.

The Research Associate will be working on projects related to a recently funded Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). The CIHR-related project is based on our discovery that there is decreased GABA release probability in the orbitofrontal cortex of obese mice. The Research Associate will lead projects to determine the contribution of the obese state on synaptic morphology and function in the orbitofrontal cortex and its projections.

The Research Associate needs a PhD with specialized knowledge in the following areas; rodent surgery, animal models of feeding behaviour and obesity, patch-clamp electrophysiology, synaptic physiology, endocannabinoid pharmacology, cortical and mesolimbic circuitry and plasticity. The candidate must also have a track record of success with several peer-reviewed publications in international and reputable journals.

Position Description
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
• Under general supervision & direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
• Reading of the relevant literature
• Performance of experiments including:
o Patch-clamp electrophysiology
o Fibre photometry
o Animal behavior
• Initiate experiment preparation for:
o Rodent surgery
o Electrode implantation
o Animal models of feeding and obesity may be required
• Experimentally test various hypotheses related to the synaptic function within the orbitofrontal cortex and its associated projection targets
• Design, perform, analyze and interpret experiments, including the use of electrophysiological and photometry recordings, rodent surgery, animal behavioural models, and other supporting methodology
• Use statistical methods analyze and interpret the experimental data
• Assist the Principle Investigator and support the research team through providing skilled technical procedures
• Record findings to collaborate on publications within the field of the research in both a national and international level
• Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
• Recommend change to processes or procedures and interact with other members of the team and undertake literature reviews
• Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
• Will work with various biological samples (e.g. blood, tissues, brain, etc.)
• Responsible for presentations in producing figures for publication
• Produce initial drafts of manuscripts for publication and appropriate scientific journals
• Conduct literature review, surveys, laboratory experiments and other research in scholarly publications when required to
• Train other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols as required
• Maintaining the safe operation of equipment
• Manage their own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work

Qualifications / Requirements:
• PhD degree in neuroscience is required as well as specialized knowledge in rodent surgery, electrode implantation, animal models of feeding and obesity, patch-clamp electrophysiology, synaptic plasticity, optogenetics, endocannabinoid pharmacology, orbitofrontal cortex circuitry and plasticity
• Minimum 3 years of post-doctoral experience in neuroscience and electrophysiology
• Must have a track record of success with at least 3-4 peer-reviewed publications in international and reputable journals
• Direct and demonstrable research experience in the subject matter of the research project is essential
• A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
• WHMIS
• Strong communication skills, written and oral
• Effective time management skills

Application Deadline: October 10, 2019

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.
Additional Information

To Apply, please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page;

http://careers.ucalgary.ca/ Job Opening ID #19168
This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II. (Salary range $31.81 - $46.05/hour)
To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine
Business address: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4
Contact information: hrhire @ ucalgary.ca

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 ucalgary.ca.
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.