Post doctoral and graduate student positions in neuroscience – Thompson laboratory, University of Calgary

Postdoctoral and Graduate Student (PhD) positions in neuroscience

The lab of Dr. Roger Thompson at the University of Calgary, Hotchkiss Brain Institute is seeking applications for 2 postdoctoral fellows in 2-year funded positions. Appointment extension may be possible after successful performance reviews. Highly qualified candidates for graduate studies at the PhD level may also be considered.
The lab focusses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal death and altered synaptic / cellular function caused by stroke and Alzheimer’s related dementias. Opportunity exists for research studies using state-of-the-art technologies including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, optogenetics, in vitro and in vivo multiphoton / confocal imaging and rodent behaviour.

Current CIHR funded research projects could be (but are not limited to):

  • Identify cellular and neural circuit pathways of neuronal death and dysfunction.
  • Discovery of molecular / cellular links between stroke and cognitive decline (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease).
  • Characterize novel forms of synaptic plasticity or cellular excitability related to the pannexin-1 ion / metabolite channel
  • Opportunities may also exist for self-directed research projects that fit within the overall mandate of the lab.

The Thompson lab ( is a dynamic research group, committed to optimizing success in an inclusive, equitable and diverse environment. Successful candidates will be expected to thrive and contribute to our collaborative environment while producing high quality neuroscience research results that accelerate understanding of stroke, dementia and their linkages.

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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until successful candidates are identified.
Contact information
Dr. Roger Thompson
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary