Post Doctoral Scholar – experimental detection of ultra-weak photon emission from biological systems


The postdoctoral researcher is responsible for performing experimental research on detecting ultra- weak photon emission from biological samples. The candidate will plan, perform, and analyze experiments on biological samples using single-photon detection and imaging systems. The position has a 2-year term; the candidate will initially work at UCalgary, and then will transition to the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. These two sites are home to teams of experts in biophoton detection/theory and neuroscience applications. The candidate is expected to support the development of funding and attracting graduate students to ensure continued growth in the area of quantum biology. The incumbent will be expected to also present research accomplishments and findings in internal and external meetings, conferences, reports, and publications.


  • A PhD in neuroscience, biology or related fields is required.
  • Experience in operating optical spectroscopy imaging equipment and image analysis softwaretools and software.
  • Experience in preparing and maintaining in vitro biological cell preparations (ideally dissociated cultures and brain slices).
  • Position requires flexibility to be on-site at U Calgary for up to 6 months, followed by being on-site at National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa for up to 1.5 years.
  • An asset would be experience in assessing effect of pharmacological agents on cells and tissues, preferably neuronal in origin.
  • An asset would be experience in theoretical and experimental aspects of light emission from biological systems.
  • An asset would be knowledge of quantum mechanics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Capable of assisting expansion and development of research projects in biophoton research.
  • A high level of effective time and project management, personal initiative, communications skills and teamwork.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally.
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures is an asset.



The candidate will primarily be responsible for operation of an experimental setup designed to detect single photons (biophotons) from biological samples. Biological samples to be investigated will include living tadpoles and various neuron culture assemblies. Biophoton emission will be investigated using pharmacological and possibly electrophysiological approaches. The incumbent will also be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of the data, working with the teams at uCalgary and National Research Council. The incumbent will design, implement, and consult with the Principal Investigator on projects and programs. The candidate will be expected to identify and pursue new research opportunities aligned with the overall vision of the project.


  • The candidate will provide training of undergraduate and graduate students in experimental and theoretical research techniques, as well as presentation skills (written and oral).
  • Publishing/Presenting Research:
  • Publish/present research accomplishments at both the national and international level, including in high impact/selective academic journals.
  • Prepare manuscripts describing findings for submission for publication, and lead process of responding to referees/editors during the peer review process.
  • Occupational Health & Safety:
  • Understands and complies with the requirements of the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
  • Has knowledge of and understands the expectations of the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and applicable Faculty/Departmental/Unit specific health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that all work conducted is in accordance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and other health and safety legislation as applicable.



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For questions specific to the role contact Prof. Daniel Oblak

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