Post Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Physiology of Addiction University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine Canada

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Physiology of Addiction

Job ID: 17586

Updated: February 22, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area: Neuroscience (Animal Models and synaptic physiology)

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Start date: September 1, 2019

Salary: $55,000/year plus medical benefits


The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in molecular physiology of addiction.


Job Description:

The post-doctoral scholar will be working on projects related to either a Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) grant or Natural Sciences and Engineering Research (NSERC) grant. The project relates to understanding plasticity in neural circuits related to motivated behaviour associated with drugs of abuse.

Responsibilities include being the primary person generating data, analyzing, graphing and presenting results, writing and submitting manuscripts. The PDS will be expected to generate new ideas in collaboration with the Principle Investigator and follow them up. On a daily basis the PDS will interact with other laboratory personnel, train graduate and undergraduates and is expected to be an energetic member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.



Candidate must have a PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline. The candidate must have technical expertise in whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, preferably in brain slices. A background knowledge base in in appetitive behaviour, learning and memory, synaptic physiology and/or addiction will be preferable. Furthermore, knowledge of rodent surgery and behavioural analysis will be helpful. The candidate must also have a track record of success with several peer-reviewed publications and thus be competitive for external fellowship funding.


Application details:

Submit your application (CV, publications, 1 paragraph statement of research interests and career goals) via email to


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Application deadline is: May 23, 2019.


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.


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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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