Post-Doctoral Fellow

MED Medical Microbio & Immunol

Competition No.  -    A104448850
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

This position has a term length of one year with a possibility of renewal. This position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits.

This competition will be used to fill 2 positions.

Location: Work is primarily located at North Campus, Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

Dr. Shmulevitz and Baldwin have adjacent labs, situated in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology at the University of Alberta. Both laboratories are well established with equipment, reagents and funding. The PDF will have access to many state-of-the art equipment at core facilities such as the cell imaging core, the flow cytometry core, and the high content analysis core. We are also closely affiliated with the Cross Cancer Institute, which provides access to biorepository banks and additional cancer-related technologies.

Position Summary

The Shmulevitz laboratory invites applications for postdoctoral fellows to lead collaborative projects between Dr. Shmulevitz (virology and oncolytic virus expert) and Dr. Baldwin (immunology and oncolytic virus expert). The projects aim to advance genetically-engineered reovirus and vaccinia virus variants as vaccine vectors and oncolytic therapies. The projects will expose PDFs to a wide variety of scientific questions and approaches, including exploring changes in immunological responses and understanding mechanistic relationships between virus characteristics and activity in vitro and in vivo. Of the two PDF positions available, one seeks an individual with a genomics background to spearhead single cell sequencing as an approach to decipher reovirus-associated immunological changes. The fellows will work in the Shmulevitz lab with routine access to expertise from Dr. Baldwin. The Shmulevitz lab prides itself on a very collegial environment that collectively strive for high quality innovative scientific discoveries. 


  • Develops, carries out and analyzes research experiments independently;
  • Writing of research protocols and manuscripts;
  • Identification of funding opportunities and writing of funding applications;
  • Mentoring of graduate students;
  • Other research related activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. level degree in biomedical-related fields such as microbiology, immunology, virology, biochemistry, cell biology, or cancer biology.

Preferred Qualifications

Desired skills, experience and competencies:

  • Experience with genomics-based research
  • Experience with immunology research
  • Experience with virus research
  • Experience with molecular techniques
  • Experience with animal experiments
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and motivation skills
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented

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.