Postdoctoral Position in Neurodevelopmental Disorders – University of Calgary

The long-term research goal of Cheng lab is to understand the changes leading to altered brain activity and atypical behaviours in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders such as Fragile X Syndrome, and to identify therapeutic approaches. In the next five years, our research program will focus on ERK signalling as a central node for targeted therapeutics for Fragile X Syndrome and autism. The project of the prospective fellow will incorporate behavioural monitoring, electrophysiological or optical recording, and high throughput data analysis to investigate the mechanisms underlying both the pathophysiology of the diseases and the effects of the treatments.

This position will offer excellent training opportunities for the prospective postdoctoral fellow. She/he will benefit from the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, our extensive expertise, and the remarkable training environment and infrastructure provided by Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and University of Calgary. Additionally, the fellow will benefit from the Research Education and Leadership In NeuroSciencE (REALISE) that foster academic, personal and professional development in diverse settings (https://hbi.ucalgary.ca/education/realise), and BRAIN CREATE program that focuses on neurotechnology development (https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/braincreate). Importantly, this project will place the fellow right at the cutting edge of a new and exciting development, which could be a launching pad for her/his own career in diverse settings. It will also provide the invaluable satisfaction of working on a potential cure for the many children and families who are affected by these disorders. We recognize and cherish the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion in research. The fellow should be creative and highly motivated, with a strong work ethic.

Dr. Cheng’s profile can be found at:

https://hbi.ucalgary.ca/our-members-and-trainees/our-members/full-members/profiles/ning-cheng

https://research4kids.ucalgary.ca/profiles/ning-cheng

Qualifications:

  • PhD (completed within the last three years) and/or MD in the field of neuroscience
  • Demonstrated background in electrophysiology and/or in vivo modulation/recording of brain activities
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to troubleshoot independently
  • Effective oral and written communication and time management skills, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary group
  • Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is an asset

Contact information

Application details:

  • Cover letter describing research background and interests, suitability and motivation for the role, and date of availability
  • CV with publications, awards/funding, and presentations
  • A copy of peer-reviewed journal/chapter publications or conference presentations
  • Names and contact details of three professional references

Please send application materials to Dr. Ning Cheng at ncheng@ucalgary.ca