Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow


Competition No.  -    A108145344
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Science is looking for 1 full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Ben Willing (Principle Investigator) 

 The position is part of the NSERC Alliance and Alberta Innovates CASBE funded project “Identifying Key Microorganisms and Factors to Develop Improved Spontaneous and Mixed Fermentation Beer” which is being carried out in collaboration with Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company in Edmonton, Alberta. The postdoc will be responsible for performing bioinformatic analyses of metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and metabolomic data obtained from spontaneous and mixed fermentation beer samples, and work with collaborators to identify key determining factors in the final quality of these beers. The successful applicant will be expected to work with multiple lab staff and collaborators on the project, including the labs of Dr. Michael Gänzle and Dr. James Harynuk, as well as communicating results to staff and owners at Blind Enthusiasm.

This postdoctoral appointment will have a starting wage of $45,000.00 CAN per annum and will be for a two-year term which includes a benefits package


  • Perform a range of bioinformatic analyses with reproducible results
  • Responsible for qualitative and statistical analysis of research data and communicating this information to the PI
  • Works with a high degree of independence, and follows research directions developed by the PI
  • Develops and performs bioinformatics experiments/analyses, troubleshoots experimental protocols, and adjusts methodology to attain desired results
  • Prepare abstracts, research reports, and presentations under the direction of the PI
  • Present research results at laboratory meetings, scientific conferences and other related events
  • Provides guidance, training and oversight of Summer students and graduate students
  • Work effectively with other laboratory staff

Essential Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field
  • Proficient understanding and use of bioinformatic tools to analyse microbiome datasets, including metagenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics
  • Ability to form and investigate their own hypothesis based on initial results
  • Ability to collaborate and work in a team
  • Strong verbal and written skills for effective presentation and manuscript preparation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of microbial ecology, especially in the area of food fermentation
  • Experience with metabolic modelling and integrating multivariate data from multiple sources (metagenomic metabolomic, metatranscriptomic)
  • Strong publication record in a relevant field
  • Ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects/goals

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.