Postdoctoral Scholar position – Kurrasch lab, University of Calgary

Area: Neuroscience

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Start date: March 2019 (negotiable)

Salary: TBD, plus medical benefits


The Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Kurrasch to work as part of a multidisclipinary team on CIHR-funded project entitled: Specification of neural progenitor cells in the embryonic hypothalamus.


Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join an energetic team of individuals working to understand developmental programs of the hypothalamus – a critical and evolutionarily conserved brain region that controls many important physiologies such as sleep, reproduction, eating, and thirst. This person will be responsible for conducting single cell-RNA Sequencing on hypothalamic neural progenitors and validating clustered cell types. They will also examine how maternal stress affects development of the different populations. Responsibilities include generating, analyzing, graphing and presenting results, writing and submitting manuscripts. The Fellow will be expected to generate new ideas in collaboration with the Principle Investigator. On a daily basis the scholar will interact with other laboratory personnel, train graduate and undergraduates.



Candidate must have a recent PhD (within 3 years of graduation) in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, or a related discipline. Experience working with mice a plus, but not required. The candidate will have technical expertise in molecular biology, mouse husbandry, transcriptomic tools, and imaging approaches, as well as consider themselves tech savvy. The candidate must also have a track record of academic success as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, awards, and scholarships.


Application details:

Interested applicants please provide: 1) a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) the names and contact information for three persons who have agreed to provide references. Deadline for application is December 15, 2018.

Submit applications via email directly to Deborah Kurrasch, Please indicate CIHR PDF in the subject line. Visit for an overview of the laboratory.


About the University of Calgary:

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2020, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.


About Calgary:

Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.

Contact information      

Submit applications via email directly to Deborah Kurrasch, Please indicate CIHR PDF in the subject line. Visit for an overview of the laboratory.

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