Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow and Doctoral positions available 

Description of the Area of Research

The Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology Research Program, Departments of Kinesiology and Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, has positions available for a postdoctoral fellow and doctoral student to work in the joint laboratory of Drs. Corey Tomczak and T. Dylan Olver. We seek motivated scientists interested in pursuing vascular regulation research in clinical settings. Our research, funded by Heart & Stroke Foundation, NSERC, Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, focuses on skeletal muscle and brain blood flow regulation in heart failure patients across the lifespan and heart failure spectrum.

Our high tempo research program is actively running experiments and chronic interventions in young patients with congenital heart disease and older adults with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Further, we have ongoing complementary vascular studies being conducted in relevant rodent and swine models. Key techniques include Doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac and brain), near infrared spectroscopy, myography, biochemistry, and microscopy. Our program emphasizes strong mentorship and an immersive scientific environment. Individuals capable of leading peer-reviewed publications, and with experience in integrative cardiovascular physiology and or molecular biology are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Details (process/start date/duration)

Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application including a one-page description of research experience and interests, an updated curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of 3 references to corey.tomczak@usask.ca and dylan.olver@usask.ca . Start date is negotiable and flexible in line with visa application timeframes. An initial 1-year term will be offered to postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity for an extension.

Qualifications:

  • An MSc or PhD degree in physiology, medical biophysics, or neuroscience obtained within the past 2 years, with a strong background integrative cardiovascular physiology and or molecular biology;

  • A strong understanding of research design, research methodology and data analyses;

  • Evidence of experience in preparation and publication of manuscripts;

  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills;

  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, LabChart, GraphPad);

  • Ability to take guided initiative and to work in an organized fashion with flexibility in shifting between independent and collaborative work;

  • Ability to assist in the training of undergraduate and graduate students; and

  • Demonstrated collegiality, professionalism, and interpersonal skills

The postdoctoral fellow and doctoral student duties will include, but are not limited to, organizing/implementing a focused research agenda, developing new methods and approaches, data collection and interpretation, writing scientific articles, and mentoring graduate/undergraduate students. Candidates are expected to be effective communicators and to present their research findings to peers at local, national, and international meetings. The successful candidate will be integrated into a postdoctoral/doctoral training program and given opportunities to develop teaching experience.

About University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan has the widest array of health science colleges in Canada, including the WCVM, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, and School of Public Health. Collaborative opportunities exist with these and other facilities on campus including the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), InterVac (International Vaccine Centre), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Light Source and Canada’s national synchrotron facility, Environment Canada, the Toxicology Centre, the School of Environment and Sustainability. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

The University of Saskatchewan is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000 in a city defined by its strong university culture.

For information about the University of Saskatchewan: https://www.usask.ca/

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