Research Associate

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Psychiatry

Competition No.  -    A106043058
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This is a one-year renewable full-time position dependent upon the availability of funding. This position aims to bring qualified personnel with compensated research skills in neuroinflammation and lipid study. These skills are critical for the ongoing and future research projects in the lab. The successful applicant will report to PI Dr. Xin-Min Li (Professor, Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Yanbo Zhang (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry). 

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.


• Designs and conducts complex scientific research to assess the therapeutic effects and mechanism of novel interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders under the direction of the Principal Investigators.

• Collects, analyzes and interprets data relating to research and clinical translation

• Sets research activity objectives in consultation with the Principal Investigators

• Develops and carries out independent research

• Troubleshoots experimental protocols

• In consultation with the Principal Investigators, develops and documents research methods and protocols

• Writes research papers and assists with the preparation of research grant applications and contract proposals with varying amounts of input from the Principal Investigators

• Presents research results at laboratory meetings, departmental seminars, scientific conferences, and related settings

• Fosters communication with off-campus partners

• Participates in the scientific oversight of the laboratory; assists the Principal Investigators in the supervision of students, technicians, medical residents; postdoctoral fellows and other staff in the laboratory

• Performs animal studies


• PhD preferred in neuroscience, cardiovascular/metabolic diseases or other related areas.

• 4/5 years of postdoctoral or research associate experience encompassing broad molecular research and animal studies

• Proven accomplishments in neurodegenerative disorder and lipid metabolism demonstrated through peer-reviewed papers and/or conference proceedings.

• Wide experience of cell-culturing including primary tissue cells of CNS origin, including microglia and mouse or human macrophage lines

• Working knowledge of lipid metabolism in CNS

• Working knowledge and experience of cell migration and proliferation and gene expression

• Working experience of animal behavioural tests related to motor and cognitive functions

• Other experiences in biochemical and cell-based assays including immunoblotting, ELISA, pull-down, ELS, cell transfection, co-culture, in vitro virus packaging, DNA, RNA, protein manipulation

• Exceptional organizational skills, a high degree of independence and initiative to work independently as well as contributing to team development, including during the supervisor's periodic absences from the lab

• The ability to direct the work of scientific and technical staff; good communication skills, including written and verbal English; excellent computer skills; and the ability to interact and work well with other group members.

• Previous experience with statistical analysis packages

• MD education is preferred for the transitional nature of the research project but is not mandatory

How to Apply


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.