13 MARCH 2019
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN
Westaway Lab (Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases)
We seek a talented and passionate scientist to join the Westaway lab
(https://www.ualberta.ca/faculties/centresinstitutes/prion-centre). Dr. Westaway’s group is interested in
understanding the molecular mechanisms of initiation and spreading of neurological diseases including
frontotemporal lobar dementia, late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease and sporadic CJD. The aim of this specific project
is to determine the role of gut microbiota and their metabolites in the development of frontotemporal lobar
dementia in a transgenic mouse model. This project will involve analysis of microbial populations and their
metabolites, analysis of brain tissue and work with cell culture paradigms.
Candidates must have a recently obtained PhD (within the last 4 years) with relevant molecular, neuroscience
and biochemical experience. Significant expertise in tissue culture, gene expression analysis for mRNAs and
protein, NMR spectroscopy and animal surgery is required. Experience in animal behavioral testing would also be
advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to have strong experimental skills as well as a
significant track record of research accomplishments. They will have the ability to carry out independent creative
research with tenacity and to the highest quality standards. Excellent organizational, record-keeping and English
communication skills (both written and spoken) are required. We offer competitive salary and benefits, access to
state-of-the art infrastructure and equipment and a highly interactive, stimulating and international work
environment. The position will commence as soon as possible with an initial appointment for a one-year term.
Interested candidate should send by email a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, PDF files for the papers in
which you are first or co-first author, and contact information for three referees.
Application instructions. Example - Forward your CV and contact information for three references to:
Dr. Nathalie Daude
Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases
2-04 Brain and Aging Research Building
116 Street and 85 Ave
Edmonton AB T6G 2R3
Position open until filled.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications
from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority
groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all
those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.