Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatrics

MED Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100151450
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


Name of Study: Integration of serum metabolome and gut microbiome to identify host-microbe metabolic interactions in Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) 

Dr. Andrea Haqq, Department of Pediatrics 

This position has a start date of (as soon as possible) and is within the Department of Pediatrics (  

Description of Study: 

Reporting to Dr. Andrea Haqq, Principal Investigator, the main focus of the Post-Doc position will be to complete a cross-sectional study with the aim to conduct untargeted metabolomics analyses to explore metabolic processes and pathways that may link gut microbiota alterations to host health in adolescents with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). 

The specific objectives of the study are (1) to comprehensively characterize the serum metabolome and gut microbiome in adolescents with and without PWS; and (2) to explore functional correlations between PWS metabolomic signature, gut microbiota profile, and clinical parameters of metabolic dysfunction (insulin resistance [Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance, HOMA-IR], dyslipidemia, and more). 


Employment will be primary in-person at the University of Alberta, at North Campus Edmonton and/or hybrid. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The main responsibilities of the Post-Doctoral Fellow are carried out in consultation with the Principal Investigator and include:  

  • Develop, coordinate and execute research project work plans and timelines. 
  • Write research grant proposals to secure funding for additional projects under supervision. 
  • Develops and carries out independent research 
  • Assist with the ongoing growth and development of the projects. 
  • Prepare and submit conference abstracts and manuscripts under supervision. 
  • Perform other related duties as required. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD in Human Nutrition or related discipline 
  • Evidence of strong writing and communication skills 
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications  
  • Working knowledge and experience in biostatistics 
  • Working knowledge of medical and nutritional assessment methodology  
  • Ability to work independently as well as contributing to team development, including during the supervisor's periodic absences from the team. 


The annual stipend offered will be consistent with those of other national agencies (CIHR, HSF of Canada) and may be renewable for up to 4 years, depending on funding and performance. 

This is a full-time, grant-funded position for a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. The minimum salary begins at $38,981.25/annum + benefits and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. An overview of the benefits can be viewed here 

To Apply:  

Submit your CV, a cover letter that outlines your career objectives and why you are a good fit for the project. Please include contact information for three references 

Contact Information: 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. 



How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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 persons; 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.