Post Doctoral Fellowship in Immunotherapy for Pediatric Malignancies
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Immunotherapy for Pediatric Malignancies, Cumming School of Medicine


Job ID: 18159

Updated: June 10, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus


Position Description

Area: Immunotherapy for Pediatric Malignancies
Duration: Two years with potential for extension pending availability of funding 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: Minimum of $50,000 CAD/yr. plus benefits


Job Description:

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a full-time position for a Postdoctoral Fellow with specialization in immunotherapy in pediatric oncology. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to conduct research to develop safe and effective precision childhood cancer vaccines using genomic computational methods and molecular immunological technologies. Career development opportunities such as teaching, external research collaborations and grant writing opportunities will be available to enhance the professional development of the candidate. Opportunities to interact with clinicians and training in translational pediatric oncology will also be available (See


The successful candidate will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Aru Narendran. Dr. Narendran’s research activities focus on the development of a “trial-in-a-cell” approach for future personalized cancer treatments in children. Researchers in the Narendran lab have expertise in establishing molecularly relevant cell lines and tumour xenografts to screen libraries of novel therapeutics and biological agents for relapsed pediatric cancers. They are also establishing collaborations to derive genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data to find driver mutations and decisive generic alterations in individual tumour specimens so that druggable targets can be identified and matched to the most applicable therapeutic agents for precision medicine in pediatric oncology. 


The responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Plan and implement experiments for purposes of new therapeutics discovery focusing refractory pediatric malignancies

  • Hands-on experimentation and generation of high quality data for future clinical trials

  • Develop innovative methods and/or novel applications of existing methods in immune-oncology

  • Assist with the preparation of reports, research proposals, manuscripts and grant applications

  • Establish and maintain accurate electronic and paper records regarding laboratory research

  • Support mentoring of junior staff, fellows and graduate students as appropriate

  • Participation in everyday activities and functioning of the laboratory


Qualifications/Expertise Required:                                                                                      

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications / experience:

  • A recent (less than three years) Ph.D. graduate in immunology or related field

  • A minimum two years experience with molecular and cell biology techniques including mammalian tissue culture and cell growth inhibition assays

  • A working knowledge of gene sequencing, cell signalling and gene expression

  • Expertise in bioinformatics, drug discovery, structural biology and cancer biology would be an asset

  • Experience in in vivo experimental models is highly desirable

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills and an ability to work both in a team environment as well as independently are a must

  • An excellent record of peer-reviewed publications publications in immunology, vaccinology or cancer related journals; and

  • An interest in and compassion to work towards a cure for childhood cancer


Application details:

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to the following contact, with the subject line “Post Doctoral Fellowship, Immunology”.  Please include a cover letter, your academic CV and the names and contact information of a least three external references;

Dr. Aru Narendran, MD, PhD
Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
Department of Pediatrics and Oncology
University of Calgary

Mailing Address:
Room HMRB 326
3330 Hospital Drive, NW
Calgary, AB
Canada, T2N 4N

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The application deadline is September 30, 2019 or until the position is filled.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


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, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. 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 Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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.

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