University of Alberta

Postdoctoral Position in Diabetes Research - Beta Cell Biology

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Competition No.  -    A108142473
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Diabetes Research - Beta-Cell Biology

Diabetes is an important health problem worldwide. The number of people suffering from diabetes is rapidly increasing and is reaching epidemic proportions.

Pancreatic beta-cells are specialized cells that produce insulin to regulate blood glucose. When this mechanism fails, diabetes arises. Because diabetes is characterized by a progressive deterioration of pancreatic beta-cell mass and function, it is important to elucidate the molecular mechanisms governing beta-cell life and death. The candidate will use cellular biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology approaches to investigate novel signaling effectors that regulate beta-cell proliferation and apoptosis. This will be performed using cell lines, isolated islets and transgenic mice.


We are looking for ambitious and motivated candidates with a scientific interest in diabetes/metabolic diseases. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A PhD degree in Biochemistry, Cell Biology or a related discipline
  • A good publication record
  • Experience in basic cell biology techniques (working with cells, RNA and proteins)
  • Experience working with mice
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

To Apply

Please forward a cover letter and a CV including contact information for three references.

How to Apply